KOTA BARU: Jul 23, 2008 By IAN MCINTYRE
Kelantan has proposed that an inaugural meeting of mentris besar and chief minister of the five Pakatan Rakyat states be held next month to counter allegations of a split in the alliance.
The dates proposed are Aug 8 and 9. It is to be held here a few weeks before PAS holds its annual gathering (muktamar) in Perak.
Deputy Mentri Besar Datuk Ahmad Yakob confirmed the dates but stressed that the state exco’s approval was needed.
It is learnt that state PAS secretary Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan will head the organising secretariat for the meeting.
It is learnt that following the “effects” of the three dialogues between PAS and Umno, next month’s meeting would emphasise PAS’ commitment to uphold the Pakatan Rakyat pact.
Kelantan Mentri Besar Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat was chosen by PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to organise and chair the meeting based on his seniority.
The tentative plan is a ceramah by leaders of all the five Pakatan states on Aug 8, followed by their closed-door meeting the next day.
Among the proposed issues to be raised are the streamlining of administrative policies, forming of joint-committees to study closer socio-economic cooperation and development strategies among the Opposition states.
PAS vice-president Datuk Husam Musa is hoping that his proposal for Kelantan to introduce a commercial hub for natural gas vehicles (NGV) can be adopted by the states to counter the effects of fuel price hike.
When contacted, Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng and DAP chairman Karpal Singh said they were not aware of such a meeting and would not comment.
PKR vice-president R. Sivarasa said the meeting was part of a series of meetings which had already been held between the state chiefs to discuss and seek solutions for the issues facing the various state governments.