IPOH: Jul 29, 2008 By CLARA CHOOI and CHRISTINA KOH
Perak Umno has offered the state PAS to team up with it but Perak Mentri Besar snubbed the offer saying, “PAS in Perak will be in Pakatan Rakyat forever and ever.”
Making the offer at a press conference here yesterday, Perak Umno chief Datuk Seri Mohamad Tajol Rosli Ghazali said the party was even prepared to allow PAS to keep the mentri besar’s post.
Tajol Rosli, who described the move as bringing about political stability and a stronger state government, stressed that he would not take up any positions in the new administration because he did not want to be accused of “controlling” the state government.
The state government is now a coalition of DAP (18 seats), PKR (seven) and PAS (six). Umno controls 27 seats while MCA has one.
If PAS were to join forces with Umno and Barisan, the team would control 34 seats.
In an immediate reply, Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin firmly rejected the proposal.
“As far as PAS in Perak is concerned, we will be in Pakatan Rakyat forever and ever.
“There is no way we will pair with them (Umno). We are the Pakatan Rakyat; a composition of PAS, DAP and PKR,” he said at a press conference after chairing the Perak Water Board meeting here yesterday.
He said that this was because the people of Perak had given their mandate to the present administration by voting the Pakatan into power.
“We are integrated as the PR to serve Perakians forever and ever.
“We will never align with Umno and this is our commitment,” he said.
On Tajol Rosli’s suggestion that the offer to make a PAS representative the mentri besar, Nizar, who is also Perak PAS deputy commissioner said:
“He can offer whatever he wants. No, we disagree. At the state-level, we are not willing.”
Nizar added that if there were ever plans to merge with a party outside of the PR, the PAS leadership would have to discuss the matter first with DAP and PKR. “Even then, I do not think this will happen,” he said.