PAS has snubbed Pakatan Harapan’s convention this weekend because the Muslim-based party can’t stand the sight of the Chinese-dominated DAP.
PKR secretary-general Rafizi Ramli has invited PAS to join Pakatan Harapan’s maiden convention.
But PAS has told PKR “thanks, but no thanks.”
Its information chief Nasrudin Hassan told newsmen at Parliament lobby that the party would not share the same space with DAP.
His statement indicated how badly PAS had been hurt by DAP politicking and smear campaign against the Islamic-based party in 2015.
DAP ultimately went on to unilaterally declare the demise of the previous opposition bloc, Pakatan Rakyat, and formed Pakatan Harapan without PAS, as PKR just stood and watch haplessly and hopelessly.
Instead DAP embraced Amanah, a PAS splinter group led by Mohamad Sabu, into Pakatan Harapan.
By isolating PAS, DAP managed to take control of the opposition front.
PAS went on to form its own coalition with Parti Ikatan Bangsa Malaysia, which had not made any headway either.
Even though PAS is not a member of Pakatan Harapan, the party had maintained its ties with PKR.
But Nasrudin said “PAS has long severed ties with DAP”.
He said it was PKR’s right to invite PAS, but his party would not join Pakatan Harapan’s conventions or gathering it was not part of the DAP-controlled opposition pact.
“PAS has no co-operation with Pakatan Harapan. And this is not a PKR convention,” he said.
Rafizi previously said that the Islamist party had been invited to the convention, as Pakatan Harapan was seeking to gather all federal opposition parties on the same platform to face Barisan Nasional in the next general election due in mid-2018.