PETALING JAYA: The verbal war between DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng and PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang has reached a point of no return with the DAP and PKR just waiting the Islamist party next course of action.
To be decided at the party assembly next Thursday, the opposition pact of Pakatan Rakyat (PR) may be history if liberals in PAS are voted out as the grassroots have begun drawing a clear line between the two factions in the upcoming party poll.
And the probability is that DAP and PKR may not get the positive news they expect – PAS may not leave PR but will make the lives of DAP and PKR miserable as the Islamist party will continue with its objectives while ignoring the existence of the two parties.
While incumbent Hadi is expected to emerged victorious, defeating contender Ahmad Awang, the liberals’ incumbent deputy president Mohamad Sabu is expected to be booted out and replaced with the fundamentalist Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man.
The position of incumbent vice-president labelled as liberals Datuk Husam Musa is considered as fifty-fifty while another incumbent Sallehuddin Ayub is fighting hard to be retained and avoided from making statements that can tilt his chances of being retained.
The fact that Lim had interfered by calling for Hadi to be replaced has affected the liberals the chance of strengthening their positions in the Islamist party and now they see themselves on the verge of being voted out.
Lim, who calls the shot in the Chinese-based party, openly wants incumbent PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang be replaced, a very rare case of interfering in another party’s affair, while the Islamist party on the other hand is prepared to cut all ties with DAP.
The war between the two parties with different ideologies and communal support is nearing the end with PAS upcoming poll as PKR tries to play the moderator – fearing a break-up would mean the end of PR.
While Lim is feeling secured with Penang as its base where the party can go on its own given the Chinese seats are majority, and Hadi is comfortable with Kelantan under the Islamist party control, PKR is not in a fortunate position as Selangor is versatile and can go either way come next general election.
PKR needs both DAP and PAS support to retain Selangor as its own support is insufficient to go alone in the next general election.
Lim had been ‘gunning down’ Hadi since early last year and both leaders have never got down to sit and talk or rather mediate for an amicable solution to save the PR after showing a remarkable performance in the 2013 general election.
Besides differences in ideology, the fact that Hadi had kept silent on many issues involving the pact’s leadership decisions which included supporting PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Ismail as Selangor Menteri Besar and stayed out or absent from the pact’s leadership council meeting had angered Lim personally.
Calling for Hadi’s removal in the upcoming PAS poll has backfired as the fundamentalists and even liberal grassroot members have rallied behind the incumbent and worse is that they are now rallying behind every fundamentalist who is contesting.
At first it was Hudud that had DAP angry against PAS and just last week, it was DAP’s shadow Cabinet that had PAS going after DAP’s throat.
Gone are the honeymoon days of DAP and PAS, with PKR taken as just an audience in the serious political business of the attempts to unseat the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN).
Despite PKR president Datuk Seri Wan Azizah Ismail trying to ‘slow talk’ leaders of DAP and PAS to come together and work on a common platform as they did before, the time has come for PAS to ‘stand up and stop playing second fiddle’ the pact.
The Islamist party is now indirectly demanding DAP and PKR to treat it as equal partner where it also has its struggles to fullfil towards its members and followers, and the struggles will never be accepted by DAP – the setting up of an Islamic state and implementation of Hudud laws.-MYNEWSHUB.CC