Dou­ble blow for Dr M, PPBM

Ab­dul­lah and Na­jib in­her­ited prob­lems from Dr M, says Nik Ab­duh

New Straits Times - - Front Page - NIK IM­RAN AB­DUL­LAH KUALA LUMPUR news@nst.com.my

“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.”

Idris Ah­mad

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