No basis for unity govt talk with Umno, says PAS

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015

PETALING JAYA: DAP must stop accusing PAS of trying to form a unity government with Umno, PAS vice-president Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man said.

He said the party had made a stand not to join hands with Umno.

“Talk of a unity government is baseless, as we are handicapped with only 21 parliamentary seats against Umno’s 88.

“And we never discussed a PAS-Umno unity government in any of our party meetings.

“Therefore, we find it strange why talk about a unity government has gone viral on social media,” he said.

PAS leaders were also disappointed with DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang for implying that the Islamist party’s president, Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang, was involved in fresh unity talks with Umno following the death of Mursyidul Am Datuk Seri Nik Aziz, who had been against the move.

Tuan Ibrahim said such an allegation was unfounded, as Hadi had stated during the last muktamar that PAS would not work with Umno.

“Only the muktamar can decide on a unity government. No individual or leader has authority to push for a unity government,” he said.

Acting PAS Ulama deputy chief Datuk Dr Mahfodz Mohamed said Lim should shut the loose cannons in his own party before accusing others of trying to destabilise Pakatan Rakyat.

Mahfodz noted that DAP took no action against its legal bureau chief, Gobind Singh Deo, for threatening to freeze ties with PAS a couple of months ago.

“But DAP is quick to accuse our PAS president of trying to destabilise Pakatan Rakyat when we never at any point threatened to break away from the coalition,” said Mahfodz.

On Monday, Lim had called on Hadi to take measures to stop any friction that could destabilise the opposition pact following renewed fears over possible unity talks with Umno.

Political circles were abuzz on Monday when PAS-controlled Kelantan Mentri Besar Datuk Ahmad Yakob paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

Ahmad clarified that the meeting was to strengthen state-federal ties.

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