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PAS And DAP Heading For A Showdown

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PAS and DAP are heading for a showdown as the Islamist party opens up Lim Guan Eng’s purported ‘truancy’ claiming his absence from Pakatan Rakyat (PR) leaders council meetings is more than Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang.

Defending the many accusations thrown at PAS president Abdul Hadi by DAP, particularly from Lim, Mustafa had actually opened up the ‘can and let out the worms’ for all to see.

Mustafa’s action may see the relationship between the two parties in the opposition pact of Pakatan Rakyat (PR) further soured and may lead to PAS splitting up in the near future.

The strain relationship may see a split in the near future given the restlessness and the dissatisfactions of PAS grassroots over DAP’s alleged ‘ill treatment’ on PAS leaders on several matters.

Lim, at a dinner in Petaling Jaya, Selangor, had also said DAP would not mind going it alone if leaders in the pact did not show commitment and follow consensus, referring in particular to the Selangor Menteri Bersar saga where PAS outrightly rejected PR’s candidate Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) president Datuk Seri Wan Azizah Ismail.

PAS and DAP has been at loggerheads on most issues despite working together in a political co-operation that see the same objective – to topple the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) federal government.

The two parties are poles apart in their individual party objectives as they cannot see a meeting point on their philosophies and ideologies.

PAS has been the punching bag for DAP and during the Selangor Menteri Besar saga, the punching bag for PKR as both parties were pushing for Wan Azizah, who is PKR’s de facto chief Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s wife, to be the Menteri Besar.

PAS has all the while been quiet when DAP were ‘bashing them’ on various issues and even now on the dress code for women in PAS-run state Kelantan as well as the Hudud laws.

However, the party leadership did not stop the party wings such as the youth and ulamak wings to reply or counter DAP’s ‘verbal abuses’.

But when the Islamist party secretary-general started to counter Lim’s so-called banterings, the scenario has taken a new twist.

Mustafa put things straight, besides saying Lim himself had been absent more times than PAS president’s absentism, he further added that the spirit of consensus is between party to party, not between individuals.

Speaking in the party’s official organ Harakah Daily, he stressed that there had never been a situation where a decision could not be reached even when both Lim and Abdul Hadi were absent.

“The ones who are always present are Anwar, Lim Kit Siang and me, representing PAS, it is not a problem,” he added.

With Mustafa’s personal reply in the party’s official organ, relationship between the two parties are expected to get worse as Lim is not expected to take such criticism in good faith.

Revealing his weaknesses may anger him more and probably, Mustafa’s comment may cause a real split where both parties may go their own way where only tikme will tell when.MYNEWSHUB

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