Lim: PAS’ move to contest in Permatang Pauh will benefit Barisan

GEORGE TOWN: The state Pakatan Harapan believes that the decision by PAS to contest in Permatang Pauh will be to Barisan Nasional’s advantage in the next general election.

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said the announcement by PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang that the party would contest in Permatang Pauh was a form of aiding Barisan and it would be a challenge for Pakatan to defend the seat.

“It is a democratic country. PAS has the right to contest in Permatang Pauh. Previously, they also declared an interest to contest in my Air Putih constituency.

“It will be a challenge for Pakatan Harapan, as PAS has always been seen as a party aiding Barisan,” he told a press conference after a cheque presentation to Han Chiang University College of Communication here yesterday.

Lim was responding to questions about Abdul Hadi who on Sunday said that PAS would be making a comeback in Permatang Pauh by contesting in the upcoming general election.

Abdul Hadi said the Permatang Pauh parliamentary seat was won by the party through its former state party commissioner Zabidi Ali in the 1978 General Election.

“That time, we did not win many seats in Kelantan and Terengganu but we won in Permatang Pauh.

“This is our seat and we will get it back,” he told the crowd of over 500 people during a ceramah at a mosque in Kubang Semang in Bukit Mertajam on Sunday night.

Besides the parliamentary seat, the party is also expected to place candidates in Penanti, Seberang Jaya and Permatang Pasir, the three states seats under the Permatang Pauh constituency.

On a related matter, Lim, who is DAP secretary-general, added that he was surprised by Abdul Hadi’s suggestion that there would be two Cabinets should the party come to power.

He labelled the policy as unconstitutional as it sidelines certain races to discharge specific duties with this move.

“How can they designate one group to administer while the other acts as a coolie. It does not reflect the true spirit of Malaysia.”

An online portal reported Abdul Hadi saying there would be two Cabinets should PAS come into power.

“If PAS rules, it will be divided into two – (one) a Cabinet that decides on national policies.

“This must consist of people who adopt the national ideology and faith.

“This Cabinet will then appoint an executive Cabinet to carry out policies and its members can be non-Muslims appointed based on their expertise,” he said.