PAS ‘war of words’ with DAP has again threaten to split the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) with Kelantan Deputy Menteri Besar Datuk Nik Amar Nik Abdullah, joining in defence of his president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang.
Nik Amar had told off DAP and Lim Guan Eng to quit the pact instead of pushing the Islamist party to do so.
His comments came on Lim’s insistence in pressuring Hadi to attend the pact’s leadership council meeting or the council might as well hold no meetings at all.
Nik Amar has been very vocal against the DAP on all issues pertaining to the party and Islam as he went on a crusade explaining the reasons why the Pas-ruled Kelantan state was implementing the Hudud laws targeted for next year.
Lim had said several times that that it was important for Hadi to attend because he was the only one in the party that could make decision, adding that the Islamist party should leave the pact if its leader was not serious in the agenda of the pact.
On Sunday, Hadi ‘snubbed’ Lim’s insistence saying that he would attend the meeting as and when he liked, stopping short of saying Lim’s insistence was nonsensical.
Without even wanting to elaborate further or entertain more questions from reporters on the matter, Hadi had given his two sen worth opinion on the DAP secretary-general’s ‘anger’.
In reality, Hadi had actually snub DAP, what more with Lim’s statement that the Chinese-based party would not mind to go it alone if PAS continues to take the pact of opposition parties lightly.
The spat between PAS and DAP has been going on since way before the last two general elections as the Islamist party with the former not agreeing to Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) de facto chief Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to become Prime Minister if the pact wins.
The two parties have never gotten along in everything political as well as ideology except to win Putrajaya and they have been at logger-heads at everything, the last one was the proposal to put Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) president Datuk Seri Wan Azizah Ismail as Selangor Menteri Besar.
While PKR de facto chief Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim seemed to keep his ‘cool’ over PAS’ in particular Hadi’s objection to having his wife as Selangor Menteri Besar, it is rumoured that he managed to destabilise Hadi’s hold on the party with his loyal friends in PAS slowly ‘shoving’ the president out of his position.
It is fortunate for the Islamist party president that the party election is still two years away where the build up by Anwar’s loyalists to unseat Hadi is expected to lose steam by next year.
But Lim’s insistency over Hadi’s presence for the pact’s leadership council meeting has got the Islamist party leaders riled up with party secretary-general Datuk Mustafa Ali, vice-president Datuk Mahfuz Omar and now Nik Amar coming to the front in defence.
The ‘verbal war’ this time around is more severe than the many ‘wars’ the two parties had over the years as Lim had threw threats that DAP had no qualms to go it alone if PAS continued to behave non-committal.
Lim’s comments have been taken as a personal attack on Hadi’s credibility where PAS leaders, particularly the fundamentalists that Hadi led, do not take it lightly.MYNEWSHUB