‘No deal between Pakatan and PN’
He said this was decided by Pakatan allies at a meeting last week.
“The word is noktah (fullstop). We had already decided at our last meeting that we will campaign as Pakatan,” he said.
Rafizi said it was pointless to form pacts only when the general election was near.
It didn’t make sense, he added, for parties that had been at odds and busy attacking one another for a long time to form pacts just before the general election.
This, he said, gave the impression that they were only interested in becoming ministers and this was disrespectful to the rakyat.
“Perikatan has also before this said that it aimed to become a party that represented the Malays better than Umno and Barisan and that Pakatan was not ‘Malay enough.
“But we in Pakatan want to get all races involved in whatever we do, and what is more important to us is to elect leaders who are honest and good when it comes to administering the country.
“Our paths are different so as of now, there is no such thing as working together,” he told reporters on Sunday night.
Before this, Perikatan chairman Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the coalition was considering working with Pakatan in the next general election.
The Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) president said that this would avoid clashes between the two coalitions and ensure a straight fight with Barisan.
However, Rafizi said Pakatan would not work with Perikatan if the sole objective was to topple Barisan.
“We have learned our lesson previously and the rakyat knows this.
“Why use this reason to defeat Barisan when our thought and policies are not the same?”
Rafizi said Pakatan had always been in the Opposition and had no problem remaining so.
He acknowledged that some people saw him as an inexperienced politician as he was a young leader.
“Some say that people like me do not know the art of politics but once we make a decision, that is it. We don’t make U-turns,” he said.
However, Rafizi said he was in no position to speak on behalf of PKR’s allies Parti Amanah Negara and DAP.
“All I can tell you is that Pakatan has made a decision and that it was a full stop,” he added.
In Ipoh, Perak PKR chairman Chang Lih Kang said the state PKR was hoping to contest more than 14 state seats in Perak in the next election.
It hopes to win at least 10 seats to ensure Pakatan can form the state government, he told a press conference.
The four state seats won by PKR in GE14 are Simpang Pulai, Teja, Hulu Kinta and Kuala Kurau.
Kuala Kurau was won by Datuk Abdul Yunus Jamahari, but when Perikatan took over the state government in 2020 from Pakatan, he became a Bersatu member.
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