Double blow for Dr M, PPBM
Abdullah and Najib inherited problems from Dr M, says Nik Abduh
“What happened was widespread wastage of public funds, corruption and money politics, which are ruining the country now.” Pas Youth chief Nik Mohamad Abduh Nik Abdul Aziz speaking on Dr Mahathir's administration “I might have overlooked it, but (to my knowledge) there has been nothing about seat allocation discussions.” Pas vice-president Idris Ahmad on PPBM's claim that Pas is ready for talks
TUN Dr Mahathir Mohamad and his newly formed Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) yesterday received two major blows from Pas, the party it is desperately wooing.
At Dewan Rakyat, Pas Youth chief Nik Mohamad Abduh Nik Abdul Aziz (Pas-Pasir Mas) did not spare the rod when he said it was under Dr Mahathir that various ills, such as corruption, took place.
He said former prime minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak had inherited problems during their administrations.
Nik Abduh said the country might have prospered during Dr Mahathir’s tenure as prime minister, but it was also the time when various ills, such as corruption, took root. He said Dr Mahathir’s administration did not stop the problems from spreading. “What happened was widespread wastage of public funds, corruption and money politics, which are ruining the country now,” he said, when debating the motion of thanks on the royal address.
“We now suffer from an old sickness. We should not take measures that are against Allah’s command to solve our current hardship,” he said.
Dr Mahathir’s PPBM suffered another slap when Pas vice-president Idris Ahmad yesterday said nothing had been finalised between his party and PPBM. He said he was “unaware” that Pas was ready to discuss seat allocations with PPBM, refuting claims there was an agreement on the issue. PPBM president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin had described Pas’s invitations to their events as “good progress”.
PAS vice-president Idris Ahmad said nothing had been finalised between his party and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM).
He said he was “unaware” that Pas was ready to discuss seat allocations with PPBM.
“I might have overlooked it, but (to my knowledge) there has been nothing about seat allocation discussions (with PPBM),” he said at the Dewan Rakyat lobby yesterday,
“There is no date set, nothing has been finalised yet.”
On Wednesday, PPBM president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said Pas had opened its doors to discuss seat allocations with PPBM in the general election. Muhyiddin had described Pas’ frequent invitations to their events as “good progress”.
However, he said PPBM felt a framework of cooperation with Pas must be clear and should also take into account the cooperation PPBM had formed with Pakatan Harapan.
Idris’s statement was made despite Pas president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang’s statement that the party would not work with parties which had ties with the breakaway Parti Amanah Negara and DAP.
While there was no formal cooperation between Pas and PPBM, Idris said: “We now share the stage, ensuring we have the same message.
“Any decision made (on cooperation) will be done in consensus and will be informed.”