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Friends, maybe? Selangor Pas hints at possibility of working with DAP for GE14

SHAH ALAM: Selangor Pas has hinted that the door is still open for discussions with DAP and PKR to face the 14th General Election together.
If this materialises, the state might not see the much speculated three-cornered fights between Barisan Nasional, Pakatan Harapan and Pas.
Pas had earlier this year severed its political cooperation with PKR.
Saying that the state political demography is “unique”, newly-minted Selangor Pas commissioner Sallehen Mukhyi told the New Straits Times that the three federal opposition parties had managed to work together in 2008 based only on a loose agreement.
"The situation in Selangor, even before we had ‘tahaluf siyasi’, there was already a cooperation on seat contests based on mutual understanding.
"Back then, Pas contested seats chosen by Pas, and so did PKR and DAP. This happened even before we formed Pakatan Rakyat," he said.
The agreement saw Pas, PKR and DAP - which later the same year formed the now-defunct Pakatan Rakyat coalition - coming together for seat contests and support deals.
They wrested four states from Barisan Nasional, namely Selangor, Penang, Kedah and Perak while Pas retained Kelantan that year. The number however was reduced when BN formed the majority in Perak in 2009.
Sallehen noted that however, there have been no discussions between the parties on this so far.
"Our stand now is that any party is free to decide for themselves, whether to put their candidate, how many seats they want to contest. There has been no discussion.
"But, it is hard to say for now because in politics, anything can happen even at the very last minute," he said.
Saying that Selangor Pas would continue to uphold the party's Syura Council’s decision to sever their ‘tahaluf siyasi’ with PKR and DAP, Sallehen said the mutual understanding between them in Selangor as portrayed in the state government was a trademark of the state's political uniqueness.
"I can't promise that there would be any changes (to the current situation), but the context of political demography is different from each state, and so is the case with Selangor.
"Any decision on whether to contest (a seat) or not, it would depend a lot on the factor of demography, as well as decision made within the party."
Asked about Pas' problem with DAP, which was among the chief reasons why Pas broke free from the coalition, Sallehen said Selangor DAP is seen to have a “milder approach and rather acceptable” compared to its central leadership.
He said the victories achieved in the previous two general elections resulted from support enjoyed by both parties from each other's voters, and this had an effect on DAP's approach in Selangor.
"DAP managed to win several of its seats today, like Kuala Kubu and Sekinchan, through votes that came from Pas supporters. This was also the case with Pas, where we won several seats through votes given by the Chinese community.
"It was the effect of this support that created the reality that Selangor DAP has to tone down its approach because they also need Malay votes.
"If they take the same approach like DAP at central level, I believe that the Malays would take away their support. And if they band together with PKR, I believe Pas supporters would not give their votes to whoever that is cooperating with DAP."
In 2013 general election, the now defunct Pakatan Rakyat won a total of 44 state seats to continue helming the state government, with Pas and DAP held 15 seats each, while PKR 14.
However, political turmoil in the state has since seen changes, with Pas today left with 13 seats, DAP (14) while PKR (13).

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