ANN/THE STAR – All views will be heard, said Anwar Ibrahim on resistance towards Malaysian United Democratic Alliance’s (Muda) bid to join Pakatan Harapan.
“We take everyone’s opinion but as I said even though there are reasons, we have to discuss the implications thoroughly,” the Pakatan Harapan chairman told reporters after a townhall session with youth yesterday.
“Whoever is with Pakatan has certain main principles to uphold. There are clear parameters that have to be accepted but we have to give room for discussion,” he added.
Anwar was commenting on People’s Justice Party (PKR) youth not being keen on working with Muda.
Meanwhile, Muda Deputy President Amira Aisya said on Sunday that the party, which had recently submitted an official application to join Pakatan, was ready to meet with the Opposition coalition to address issues standing in the way of a pact.
Amira acknowledged that there was some criticism and doubt from Pakatan coalition parties.
On whether Pakatan is ready to hear Muda out, Anwar said ongoing discussions could continue with the designated Opposition leaders.
“I have given the opportunity and to my understanding we have met most leaders and I have also been informed that they can continue discussions with designated party leaders and I think that is ongoing. I don’t think there is a problem initiating the discussions,” he said.
Anwar also said that he had given his assurance that Pakatan’s presidential council will deliberate on Muda’s request and discussions will be held with Muda leaders.
As the matter has sparked various reactions, he said Pakatan will also listen to the views of various quarters.
On Friday, Muda president Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman said the party had submitted a letter to join Pakatan.