DAP is gunning PAS again, insisting that the Islamist party president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang must attend the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) leaders council meetings on there should not be any meetings if he could not be present.
Despite assurances given by PAS secretary-general Datuk Mustafa Ali that the council’s meeting had always ended with conclusion even without Hadi’s presence, Lim said Hadi was the only person who could make decision for the Islamist party and no one else.
PAS is living in ‘denial’ in the opposition pact as the party’s ideology and philosophy have always been a contentious element in the ‘harmonious marriage of convenience’ of the pact.
The only contribution thus far the Islamist party has had contributed to the pact is adding numbers to their seats in states and parliament but there is ‘real co-operation’ in terms of concepts and administration.
Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) aside as the party is multi-racial and non-committal in PAS’ Islamic approaches, DAP is obviously not in sync at all with PAS.
Since its ‘marriage of convenience in the yet to be registered PR pact, the two parties – one representing the Chinese interests while another Islam and Malay interests – have been at odds on nearly all issues which irritate the DAP.
Leaders of both parties are being practical and honest about their individual party’s objectives and purposes and they are together on only one objective – overthrow the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN).
In fact, both the parties do not even agreed on who should be the Prime Minister if they achieve their shared objective.
While DAP agreed to have PKR de facto chief Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim as Prime Minister, PAS insisted on the party president Hadi.
While DAP and PKR promise to implement democracy and equal rights, PAS wanted a theocratic state and Hudud laws.
In fact, even now PAS is working closely with Umno to implement Hudud laws in Kelantan which move has the DAP shouting with anger.
And when the Selangor Menteri Besar saga appeared where PAS took a hard stand against having PKR president who is Anwar’s wife to replace Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim, DAP came down hard on the Islamist party which threatened to split the pact.
From then on, the political relationship between the two parties has changed from friendly to cordial and right now to impending ‘war’.
While Lim persists and insists that Hadi should attend every meeting of the pact’s leadership council, PAS is non-committal while Anwar plays the ‘soft approach’ with the aim to avoid any split in the pact.
Can Anwar hold the pact together is a big question mark as the fundamentalists PAS is sticking to its original struggle to have an Islamic state and implement Hudud laws and are fighting back the charges against the moderates in the party, who are inclined or associated with
Anwar, who are subtly pushing Hadi out of the leadership.
The moderates’ aim is to put in place their own man who can ‘bend a little’ to accommodate DAP and PKR and go forward in pursuing a common objective – overthrow BN and put Anwar as Prime Minister.
Against such backdrop, it is only time will tell which side of the faction will win and either way, the political scenario is expected to change dramatically for the next general election.MYNEWSHUB