I must applaud Tok Guru Datuk Nik Aziz and PKR advisor DSAI for initiating this first ever dialogue between the Pakatan states.
KOTA BARU: Kelantan has proposed next month for the inaugural meeting of mentris besar and chief minister of the five Pakatan Rakyat-governed states in a move designed to counter allegations of a split in the alliance.
It is proposed that such a meeting be held on Aug 8 and 9 here a few weeks before PAS' own annual muktamar (gathering) in Perak.
Mentri Besar Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat's political secretary Annual Bakri Harun confirmed the dates but stressed that the organisers were still finalising the details of the discussions.
State PAS secretary Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan is entrusted to head the organising secretariat for the historic high-level meeting.
It is learnt that following the spillover ''effects'' of the three meetings between three PAS decision-making leaders and Umno, namely its president and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, the proposed meeting would underline the commitment of PAS to uphold the pact agreed with DAP and PKR.
State PAS insiders said Nik Abdul Aziz is strongly supportive of it as the meeting can put to rest various allegations and suspicions which have emerged since the three began governing the states of Kelantan, Kedah, Penang, Perak and Selangor after the ''political tsunami'' of March 8.
All efforts are being made to ensure that the top leaders comprising of Kedah Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azizan Abdul Razak, Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin and Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim attend the programme.
Kelantan Mentri Besar and PAS spiritual adviser Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat was chosen by PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to organise and chair such a meeting based on his seniority.
The tentative schedule is a star-studded ''ceramah,'' the mainstay weapon of the Opposition to be held on Aug 8, followed by a close-door meeting the next day between the leaders of the five states.
Among the proposed issues to be raised are streamlining of administrative policies, forming of joint-committees to study closer socio-economic cooperation between the five and development strategies.