Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) lawmaker Hanipa Maidin offered well wishes to his former party as PAS announced today a new political alliance with Parti Ikatan Bangsa Malaysia (Ikatan).
However, the Sepang MP expressed scepticism that the PAS-Ikatan partnership would gain much traction to take on the Barisan Nasional (BN) ruling coalition as a second opposition force after the Pakatan Harapan three-way pact of Amanah-DAP-PKR.
“Good luck to PAS. Actually, PAS needs to be in Pakatan Harapan but the problem is no one wants to be friends with PAS,” he told reporters when met outside the Dewan Rakyat.
Hanipa also said PAS should address issues like their cooperation with PKR as well as its current stand on hudud, and if Ikatan would agree to the implementation of the Islamic criminal law.
He pointed out that the issue had proven divisive within PAS leaders, which led to a faction that saw itself as progressive quitting the Islamist party to form Amanah.
PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang and his Ikatan counterpart Tan Sri Abdul Kadir Sheikh Fadzir announced their new alliance in a news conference at the Islamist party’s headquarters here today.
PAS was previously in partnership with PKR and DAP as Pakatan Rakyat after the landmark Election 2008. Their pact crumbled last year following disagreements between the conservative Islamist party and the DAP.
However, PAS is to date still friendly with PKR.
Ikatan was launched last May after a two-year struggle to get itself registered.
During the launch, Abdul Kadir said that the party will remain neutral as its chief objective is to promote the ideals of the country’s founding fathers.
The party’s red-and-white logo bears the iconic image of the country’s first prime minister Tunku Abdul Rahman. – The MalayMail Online