PKR deputy president and Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali, who is known to be the strongest advocate for discussion with the Islamist party, remained to be elusive. He has not given a concrete answer over the future of PKR’s relationship with Pas. Pic by STR/MOHD ASRI SAIFUDDIN MAMAT

SHAH ALAM: Despite Pakatan Harapan’s decision last month to ditch efforts to woo Pas, the political cooperation in Selangor remains an unsolved puzzle.

PKR deputy president and Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali, who is known to be the strongest advocate for discussion with the Islamist party, remained to be elusive. He has not given a concrete answer over the future of PKR’s relationship with Pas.

This was further evident last night when Azmin, who was officially announced as Selangor Pakatan chairman on Friday, was asked by reporters on the issue.

“This is Pakatan’s line-up, of course there is no Pas,” he said to a question over the state’s Pakatan line-up sans Pas.

When pressed further if this meant that Selangor would see the end of a Pakatan Rakyat state government, as Azmin had previously said the old PKR-DAP-Pas coalition still exists in Selangor, Azmin refrained from giving a straight answer.

“The structure announced yesterday was Pakatan Harapan,” he said at the Shah Alam Stadium here after flagging off participants of the Great Eastern Viper Arena 2017 obstacle challenge programme.

On Aug 29, Pakatan at the Federal level announced that it would not cooperate with Pas for the 14th General Election, and that it would focus on preparing its machinery to include the possibility of three-corner fights.

Two days after the coalition’s official announcement, Azmin had reportedly told reporters that he “can talk to anyone” when asked if he would cease talks with Pas, albeit saying that he accepted the Pakatan presidential council’s decision.

Azmin is known to be in favour of cooperation with Pas, and has been a key figure in efforts to attract Pas into cooperating with the opposition coalition again.

About two months ago, Azmin had maintained that the Pakatan Rakyat state government still exists in Selangor, saying that the tripartite coalition would continue to govern the state as mandated by the rakyat in the 13th General Election.

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