PETALING JAYA: PAS has called on former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to look himself in the mirror before accusing others of splitting the Malays.
In a hard-hitting statement against the Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia chairman, PAS vice-president Idris Ahmad said Dr Mahathir was the real reason why the Malays were divided in the first place.
“You were in office for 22 years and three deputy prime ministers were ‘kicked out’, resulting in the birth of Team A and Team B in Umno until the party got deregistered.
“It was during your time when (splinter parties) Parti Semangat 46 and Parti Keadilan Rakyat were also born,” he said.
Dr Mahathir in a blog post on Monday had said PAS was the cause of divisions among Malays after it refused to cooperate with opposition parties.
The Bukit Gantang MP claimed it was also Dr Mahathir who had caused the election redelineation exercises to be unfair towards the Malays.
There was a huge swing of Malay votes against Barisan Nasional in the 1999 general election after Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was sacked as a deputy prime minister the year before.
“After Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was fired, you came up with a redrawing of electoral boundaries that messed up the Malay seats,” he said.
Idris also accused Dr Mahathir of withdrawing oil royalty from Terengganu during his tenure.
He said the former premier should not hold grudges against the Islamist party for wanting to determine its own course.
“PAS is still an Opposition bloc. Don't think that you are the only one who wants to fight Barisan Nasional.
“We have been fighting against them even when you were in office. You’re just learning how to do it now. Now you understand how difficult it is to sit on the other side of the fence,” he said.
Idris said PAS was not interested in picking up a fight with Dr Mahathir, who is “no longer in power”.“But when you attack PAS, then PAS will defend itself,” he said.