Malaysia's PKR agrees with DAP on 'end of Pakatan' opposition alliance

PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The top Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) leadership has decided that the party is on the same page as the Democratic Action Party (DAP) regarding the end of Malaysia's Pakatan Rakyat (PR) opposition alliance but insists that the broken ties will not affect the composition of the Selangor government.

The Selangor government, said party sources, will continue to function as a loose coalition of assemblymen who support PKR's deputy president Azmin Ali as the Menteri Besar.

According to sources, the unique political arrangement was decided at a political bureau meeting on Tuesday night and it is believed to have received the blessings of PKR asdvisor Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

DAP and Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS) leaders have also been briefed on the decision, which is expected to be announced later on Wednesday (17 June).

Relations in PR had broken down between PAS and DAP over a number of issues, including the proposed hudud law by PAS in Kelantan.

On Tuesday, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng caused ripples with his announcement that PR had "ceased to exist".

The two warring parties have traded angry accusations against each other and the DAP-led government in Penang has taken the drastic step of pressuring PAS politicians to resign from their appointed posts in the state government.