Monday, July 28, 2008

Perak PAS rejects Umno’s merger proposal - The Star


Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin firmly rejected a proposal by Perak Umno to team up with it to form the state government.

Perak Umno chief Datuk Seri Mohamad Tajol Rosli Ghazali made the offer at a press conference on Monday, saying that said the party was even prepared to accept a PAS representative as mentri besar.

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.

“As far as PAS in Perak is concerned, we will be in Pakatan Rakyat forever and ever," Nizar said.

“There is no way we will pair with them (Umno). We are the Pakatan Rakyat, a composition of PAS, DAP and PKR,” he said in a press conference after chairing the Perak Water Board meeting here on Monday.

The people of Perak had given their mandate to the present administration by voting Pakatan into power, he said.

Nizar added that if there were ever plans to merge with a party outside of Pakatan, 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.

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