PUTRAJAYA: Sept 16, 2008
Pakatan Rakyat reps (from left) Tian Chua, Elizabeth Wong and Saifuddin Nasution at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport after returning from Taiwan yesterday
Pakatan Rakyat has insisted that it will take over the Federal Government.
Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) information head Tian Chua, who returned yesterday after following a group of Barisan Nasional backbenchers to Taiwan, claimed his mission to get a final confirmation from BN members of parliament to cross over to the opposition "was accomplished".
"We believe that we can announce the good news to the people either today (yesterday) or tomorrow morning."
However, he said, it was up to the party leadership on when or how the announcement would be made.
Tian Chua said he was forced to follow the group to Taiwan so he could keep in touch with them.
"We just wanted a reassurance that they were still interested in forming a new government with us.
"They are all sticking to their earlier commitment (to join Pakatan Rakyat) and no one has backtracked on his word."
Pressed for details of the meetings, Chua would only say that he met the MPs during a "long" dinner.
He refused to name the MPs or say if the meeting was done in groups or individually.
"We only had a few hours but our meeting was successful and we were given a clear indication by the MPs that they were happy to join Pakatan Rakyat."
Asked if he thought it was right for Pakatan Rakyat to promote the crossover culture, he sidestepped the issue opting instead to criticise the government on the use of the Internal Security Act.