Kit Siang: 'Save Malaysia' not an endorsement for PAS-Umno unity government

  • Nation
  • Sunday, 31 May 2015

PETALING JAYA: The vision for the 'Save Malaysia' movement is not the same as that for a Umno-PAS unity government.

In a blog post on Sunday, DAP advisor Lim Kit Siang (pic) said that his brainchild of a "Save Malaysia" coalition is inclusive and not racially motivated, unlike the much-speculated Umno-PAS unity government.

"My 'Grand Coalition' proposal is completely different with the 'Unity Government' (UG) concept of Umno and PAS, which is not only exclusive but retrogressive, moving back from promoting Malaysian unity to fostering Malay unity.

"The Grand Coalition must be inclusive, represent all races, religions and regions and not exclusive like the 'UG' concept, retreating to the Malays to unite Malays at the expense of non-Malays," he wrote.

Lim added that the coalition must not be an "opportunistic get-together" but instead be based on principals and national interests.

"In essence, the platform for the Grand Coalition, post-BN and post-PR, should be based on the Pakatan Rakyat common policy framework which the PAS President had reneged and repudiated after the 13th General Election, causing the crisis in the Pakatan Rakyat today," said the Gelang Patah MP.

The post-BN and post-Pakatan "Grand Coalition" is Lim's solution assuming present political parties are unable to resolve "the multiple national crises facing the country".

The coalition, proposed by Lim in March, consists of MPs from both sides of the political divide and would champion the Constitution, said Lim.

It will also be led by a new prime minister and Government.

In his blog post, Lim stressed that although DAP is concerned about the outcome of the PAS elections which will take place during its muktamar on June 4, the party will not interfere in PAS elections.

Lim also accused the PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang's inability to keep to promises and his veto power to overrule PAS leaders' decisions in the leadership council as the reason why the Pakatan Leadership Council only met twice in the past 12 months.

On Saturday, Hadi told PAS members via Harakah Daily that it is up to them to choose their own leaders or to go with DAP's wishes when they make a choice during the upcoming Muktamar.

"If there are other parties like DAP with opinions on PAS, they are bound to tell us what they think, so it is up to PAS members to independently make a choice, to follow your own policies or to follow DAP," Hadi was reported as saying.

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