Updated 7.20pm on 8 June 09
Corrected at 11.30am on 11 June 09
PENANG, 8 June 2009: DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng today asked PAS to explain to its partners in the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) the proposal by PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang to establish a unity government, which will involve cooperation with Umno.
Lim Lim, who is the chief minister of Penang, said the explanation was important because the DAP had never been informed of, and had not agreed to, the formation of a unity government.
The DAP and Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) are the partners of PAS in the alliance.
“PAS has to provide an explanation on the matter. As far as I know, [a unity government] has never been agreed to. In fact, PAS never raised the matter at the last meeting of the top leadership council.
“What does PAS mean by unity government? They have to explain at the next top leadership council meeting,” he told reporters after Tan Cheng Chui was sworn in as the new president of the Penang Island Municipal Council (MPPP) here.
Bernama reported Lim said the meeting was expected to be held soon, probably on the sidelines of the Dewan Rakyat sitting which begins next week. The Dewan Rakyat is scheduled to sit from 15 to 30 June.
When opening the 55th PAS general assembly in Shah Alam last week, Hadi Awang had called for the establishment of a unity government to solve the problems in the country in general.
His proposal did not go down well with the DAP and the PKR, and some PAS leaders as well.
In contrast to Lim’s strident demand for PAS to explain itself, PKR’s president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail (corrected) took a softer tone.
“We won’t prevent or dispute the intentions of any party to discuss issues that involve national interest.
“Keadilan’s stand is that it is best until we wait for PAS leaders to explain the unity government issue or any plan to hold unity talks with Umno,” Wan Azizah said in a press statement today.
She said PKR was committed to ensuring that the PR alliance would remain strong.
“We are confident that our partners, PAS and DAP, also have the same commitment to implement change in Malaysia,” she said.