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Amanah swats away suggestions of merger with PKR

KUALA LUMPUR: Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) today brushed off talks of a merger between the party and Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR).

In a statement, Amanah’s deputy president Salahuddin Ayub said the party, together with PKR and DAP, have formed Pakatan Harapan.

“Also, the presence of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) in the coalition has rendered Amanah’s (individual) role, as well as the roles of all the other parties and PPBM, all the more important, as part of our efforts to topple Barisan Nasional (BN).

“On behalf of Amanah leaders and its members, I would like to say that the issue of Pan and PKR merging (has not arisen),” he said, expressing hope that the partnership with other coalition partners will remain strong.

Salahuddin was responding to PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali, who had expressed his openness to exploring the idea of a merger with the Pas splinter party.

PKR Youth’s deputy chief Dr Afif Bahardin first broached the idea last week, saying it would lead to a stronger opposition in time for the next polls.

He reportedly said both parties share common values and subscribe to multi-racialism and moderate Islam. -nst

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