Malaysia Dateline

For clarity’s sake, DAP welcomes rumoured PAS-Umno pact

A DAP parliamentarian said he welcomed speculations that PAS and Umno would form a political pact at the next general election to capture Selangor, saying it would help provide clarity for national political realignment.

“What is needed now is clarity, and further consolidation of those who are against Najib,” said DAP’s Political Education Director Liew Chin Tong.

“There is an urgent need for consensus now to clarify the situation because PAS leadership of today is merely an extension branch of Najib’s Umno.”

The Kluang MP was responding to a Chinese daily’s report yesterday quoting unnamed sources as saying that the deal was now awaiting green light from PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang.

The pact is said to ensure PAS and Umno would not clash in seats in Selangor, resulting Umno battling with PKR while PAS taking on its splinter party Amanah.

Liew however could not tell whether the report was true, but added it was something logical stemming from closer ties between PAS and Umno.

“Indeed, it is just a logical extension of the increasingly closer ties between Umno and PAS.”

He said if such a move materialised, it would put to rest where PAS stands in the current efforts to remove Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, following the 1MDB controversy.

He said it would also confirm PAS’s willingness to adhere to any opposition understanding for a one-to-one fight against BN.

Liew said the theory of a marginal swing of Malay voters towards the opposition to dislodge Umno was now rendered irrelevant by the redelineation exercise by the Election Commission, making such a PAS-Umno cooperation possible.

Liew said any cooperation between Umno and PAS would also alienate the Islamist party’s supporters who had been fighting BN for years.

“Hence, clarity is needed for Malaysia’s political realignment to shape choices for everyone, including PAS members who want to fight Umno and not work with Umno”.