KOTA KINABALU: The Muafakat Nasional (national consensus) pact between Umno and PAS should be renamed as "Muafakat Malaya", says Sabah DAP.
Its secretary Chan Foong Hin said the political coalition between the two parties should be renamed if Umno sees its relationship with PAS at the national level as having a negative impact among voters in Sabah.
He was referring to Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s statement on Wednesday (Jan 1) that the party’s alliance with PAS at the national level will have some bearing on its support in Sabah.
Chan, who is also Kota Kinabalu MP, said that PAS is unpopular in Sabah and has never won a single seat in the state.
He said it makes no sense for Umno to cooperate with PAS and to have Muafakat Nasional in Sabah.
“Zahid, together with Umno, are two-faced when they have ‘muafakat’ with Islamist PAS in Malaya but at the same time, have ‘muafakat’ of another kind in Sabah which is totally a different nature with a different narrative, ” he said in a statement on Thursday (Jan 2).
Chan questioned oppositions PBS and Sabah STAR, what is their ‘muafakat’ with Malaya right wing political parties.
“Will they be joining Umno and PAS in their unholy marriage of convenience?" he asked.
Chan also asked what would Umno’s ultimate goal for Sabahans be.
“What does Umno want to fight for Sabahans in Sabah? Ummah unity or Sabah autonomy?” he asked.
He questioned why should voters in Kimanis support a two-faced Umno when the Parti Warisan Sabah-led alliance in the state has been fighting for state rights.
Chan also expressed his worry that the PAS-Umno alliance will negatively affect the multicultural and multiracial people of Sabah who have been living together harmoniously without religious bigotry, intolerance and moral policing seen in Peninsular Malaysia.
He added that only in Sabah can one see non-Muslims becoming Umno leaders and members, a major difference from those in the peninsula.