KUALA LUMPUR: The Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS) announced on Wednesday (Mar 16) that it is tying up with Parti Ikatan in a bid to bring reforms to the country.
Ikatan, a three-year-old multi-racial party, said it aims to work together with PAS to bring reforms to the country by rejecting racial and financial politics, which they said are rampant in the country.
However, the leaders of both parties said that they are not keen to see the immediate removal of Prime Minister Najib Razak over corruption allegations.
Instead, they appeared to be set on winning more seats in the next general election, which must be held by 2018.
“Removing the prime minister is up to UMNO and the parliament, and not the people,” said Abdul Kadir Sheikh Fadzir, the president of Ikatan. “Wait until the next elections when the mandate is returned to the people, they can choose (then).”
IKATAN president Abdul Kadir sees no need to sign the citizens declaration, removing the PM is not their job pic.twitter.com/v36gdblshM— Melissa Goh (@MelGohCNA) March 16, 2016
PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang also echoed his sentiments.
“We want to change (the prime minister), but it must be done through a democratic process by the people, and not just by a few individuals,” he said.
Separately, former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad has been trying to lead a citizens' campaign known as Save Malaysia to force the removal of Mr Najib.