SANDAKAN: The PAS-Umno pact spells disaster for DAP, and that is the exact reason why DAP is trying its best to destroy the opposition alliance, says Umno deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan.
“Whatever comes out from the mouths of Lim Kit Siang, Lim Guan Eng, and other DAP leaders is to destroy the PAS-Umno pact because they know that this cooperation is a disaster to them.
“I’m referring to the party, not the people. To DAP because they have been poisoning the minds of the people, that’s why they can even say it was a declaration of war against the non-Muslims and non-Malays,” he said during a press conference after a ceramah at Bandar Letat Jaya here on Wednesday (May 8).
Mohamad was responding to Kit Siang who told reporters during a press conference earlier on Wednesday (May 8) that that a victory for Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) in the Sandakan by-election would mean a victory for Umno and PAS.
“They have been poisoning the minds of the people.
"That’s why they can even say that it is a declaration of war against non-Muslims and non-Malays. That is wrong,” Mohamad added.
Guan Eng had previously been quoted as describing the PAS-Umno union as a declaration of war on non-Malays.
Shortly after receiving flak over his remarks, Guan Eng corrected his earlier statement, which originally used the words “declare war on non-Malays”, to a warning that the political pact would “target non-Malays”.
Mohamad, fondly known as “Tok Mat”, said there should be no issues surrounding the PAS-Umno alliance, as DAP too had once cooperated with PAS during the now-defunct Pakatan Rakyat.
“PAS at one time was a part of Pakatan Rakyat. We didn’t say anything. They can also cooperate with Parti Amanah Negara, which is a PAS splinter party. We didn’t say anything.”
Mohamad said Kit Siang’s remarks had malicious intentions.
He said Sabah Umno was assisting PBS in its campaign in its capacity as an opposition bloc.
“If there are other by-elections in Sabah, Umno could contest. So we hope that PBS, Sabah STAR and other parties will assist us then.
“This is an understanding we have developed as an opposition bloc,” he said.
PBS had been given the green light by other opposition parties including Barisan Nasional, Sabah Progressive Party, Sabah STAR, Usno and PAS to challenge DAP in the by-election.
The May 11 polls is set to see a five-cornered fight between DAP’s Vivian Wong, PBS’ Datuk Linda Tsen and three independent candidates.