PAS CHIEFS CHAS­TISE DR M

Party’s V-P says for­mer premier has no per­ma­nent set of prin­ci­ples

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SHARIFAH MAHSINAH AB­DUL­LAH AND ADIB POVERA

PASIR MAS news@nst.com.my

TUN Dr Ma­hathir Mo­hamad should look him­self in the mir­ror be­fore ac­cus­ing Pas pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Ab­dul Hadi Awang of caus­ing the Is­lamic party to be ap­par­ently “weak”.

Com­ment­ing on the Parti Pribumi Ber­satu Malaysia (PPBM) chair­man’s re­cent crit­i­cisms against Hadi, Pas vice-pres­i­dent Datuk Mohd Amar Nik Ab­dul­lah said such a state­ment from Dr Ma­hathir was ex­pected, es­pe­cially “when things did not go his way”.

Amar was re­fer­ring to the failed PPBM-Pas talks, in which the for- mer had re­quested for elec­toral seats to con­test in the next gen­eral elec­tion.

“Dr Ma­hathir is frus­trated be­cause he could not get what he wanted. He has no per­ma­nent stand which he him­self could abide by, as seen when he left and re­joined Umno nu­mer­ous times.

“Con­versely, Pas has been con­sis­tent in its prin­ci­ples and we will con­tinue to per­se­vere. Dr Ma­hathir should look at him­self and his party be­fore ac­cus­ing the Pas pres­i­dent of any­thing.”

In Kuch­ing, Sarawak Pas Youth chief Mo­ham­mad Ari­firi­azul Paijo said Dr Ma­hathir had weak­ened the op­po­si­tion pact Pakatan Hara­pan by at­tempt­ing to place him­self as its head.

“He makes the other par­ties, such as PKR and Parti Amanah Ne­gara, look less im­por­tant in the pact. He is the rea­son the pact has be­come weak,” he said.

PPBM-Pas ties soured when PPBM’s pro­posal for an elec­toral pact be­tween them hit a snag af­ter the for­mer prime min­is­ter con­tin­ued to crit­i­cise Pas de­spite on­go­ing talks. Ne­go­ti­a­tions then died pre­ma­turely af­ter PPBM be­came a mem­ber of Pakatan Hara­pan.

Mean­while, Tereng­ganu Pas com­mis­sioner Sat­i­ful Ba­hari Ma­mat said Dr Ma­hathir was never keen to work with Pas de­spite ear­lier re­quests for elec­toral seats. In Ge­orge Town, Pe­nang Pas trea­surer Iszuree Ibrahim said Dr Ma­hathir had failed to re­alise the in­creas­ing num­ber of Pas mem­bers com­pared with PPBM. Ad­di­tional re­port­ing by Sim Bak Heng and Mo­hamed Basyir

PIC BY MUHAIZAN YAHYA

Tourism and Cul­ture Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Mo­hamed Nazri Ab­dul Aziz (left), Parti Pribumi Ber­satu Malaysia chair­man Tun Dr Ma­hathir Mo­hamad (cen­tre) and his wife Tun Dr Siti Has­mah Mohd Ali hav­ing a meal at Dataran Lem­bah in Kuala Kangsar yes­ter­day.

Datuk Seri Ab­dul Hadi Awang

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