Thursday, April 3, 2008


Pakatan Rakyat a wake-up call Jahid


Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) Youth Chief, Jahid Jahim said the Sabah Barisan Nasional (BN) should not treat People’s Pact (Pakatan Rakyat) being formed by the Opposition lightly. He regarded the formation of the PKR-DAPI-PAS alliance as a “wake up call” to the State BN component parties and reckoned that they should start working harder in strengthening the coalition. Jahid, who is Assistant Youth and Sports Minister, was commenting on the formation of People’s Pact by the Opposition parties in an effort to present themselves as a credible alternative to the BN Government. PKR Adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday that DAP Adviser Lim Kit Siang, PAS President Datuk Seri Hadi Awang and PKR President Datin Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail had all agreed that the move to formalize the Alliance be brought back to their respective parties for approval. To strengthen the BN, Jahid suggested the coalition come up with a calendar of events with the participation of members from the respective component parties. “We must have continuous plans to organise more activities, not just political programmes but also cultural and sports events in the calendar,” he said. Silam MP Salleh Kalbi concurred with Jahid, pointing out that the Opposition parties are trying to copy the BN. He said although the PKR, DAP and PAS had wrested powers from the BN in five states in Peninsular Malaysia, majority of the people are still supporting the BN Government.