PAS is the most strongest party in Pakatan Rakyat

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KUALA LUMPUR: Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) leader S. Manikavasagam says Pas is the strongest party in Pakatan Rakyat coalition in 2008 but the situation has changed now.

Manikavasagam who is the Kapar MP admitted without Pas’ help in the 12th General Election in 2008, he would have not won the parliamentary seat he contested.

Speaking to The Mole Manikavasagam however said: “After the election, PKR had growing support from the public. From my constituency alone, we have increasing number of new members from only 1,000 to 8,000.”

“I admit Pas was the strongest then. Their election machinery and supporters have helped us in getting votes but PKR has worked hard to be where we are today,” he added.

Manikavasagam was commenting on remarks made by Pas president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang who said Pas is the strongest party within Pakatan’s coalition and one of the party’s strength is its election machinery which will help Pas to contest in those seats.

Manikavasagam also expressed his displeasure over Abdul Hadi’s remarks by saying: “As we are all working together for the election, I think Pakatan leaders should not make statements that will only break people apart.”

“We cannot be too over-confident. Let us win the election and work on our strengths,” he said.

Asked about the possibility of Pas implementing hudud if the party wins most seats than DAP or PKR, Manikvasagam said: “I think we need to win the election first and discuss on policies once we form the government.”

Following Hadi’s remarks, MCA Youth chairman Datuk Wee Ka Siong had asked DAP, especially its secretary-general Lim Guan Eng and Socialist Youth chief Anthony Loke to explain on Pas’ dominance in Pakatan.

In a press statement Wee said: “Indeed PAS seems to hold all the power and influence within Pakatan, and DAP has been quite content with letting PAS take the lead.”

Meanwhile another Pakatan leader from DAP Chow Kon Yeow said Hadi’s remarks should not be a cause of concern for PKR and DAP.

“Maybe Hadi just wants to strengthen the support of Pas party members. But for us in Pakatan, we are working together collectively,” Chow who is the Tanjung MP said.

He added that all component parties are equal in the coalition.

“We have said it many times, if Pakatan wins, we will implement policies based on common consensus. There shouldn’t be any dispute on it,” he said when asked to comment about Pas implementing hudud if Pakatan wins in the 13th General Election. –The Mole