ANNUAR: DAP UPSET OVER PAS’ SNUB
DAP accusation that Islamic party has gone astray or ‘sesat’ will benefit BN, says Umno information chief
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DAP’s allegation that Pas had lost its way or sesat after naming the party as its main enemy in the coming general election is just a case of sour grapes, and this accusation will benefit Barisan Nasional.
Umno information chief Tan Sri Annuar Musa said the allegation reflected DAP’s deep frustration and annoyance for failing to court Pas.
“DAP claims that Pas has lost its direction.
“It is better for the former to stand in front of the mirror and look at itself.
“Those were the words of sour grapes. They were the ones who wanted Pas but were rejected and now they are disappointed,” he said after receiving the flag for the Umno flag run from Kubang Kerian division chief Datuk Seri Muhammad Abdul Ghani.
Annuar, who is also Ketereh division chief, was commenting on a statement by DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng that Pas was irrational and had lost its way in its political struggle.
“DAP wanted to get the whole body (Pas) but only got the toe (Parti Amanah Negara or PAN).
“Lucky for Pas, it lost only a toe but managed to save the other parts of the body. I am sure it is much healthier now.”
Annuar commended Pas for befriending DAP but said Umno’s prediction that the relationship would not last long was proven to be correct.
“Umno had rejected DAP since its formation in 1964.
“As long as DAP promotes the socialist agenda, as long as it practises racism, we will reject them,” he said.
On Pas’ relationship with Umno, Annuar said if the Islamic party could be friendly with DAP, there was nothing wrong with befriending Umno.
“Even if both parties enjoy good ties, will it be bad for the people?” he asked.
Annuar said it was important that both parties, despite their differences, worked together on issues of common interest to unite race and ummah.
In Pas Youth vice chief Ahmad Fadhli Shaari hit back at DAP for misinterpreting its ties with Barisan Nasional, saying DAP was confused.
He stressed that Pas was not a pro-BN party.
“We did not declare DAP as our main enemy in our muktamar (general assembly). It was only the opinion of one of our delegates.
“It is not our party’s stand,” he said, adding that the muktamar allowed Pas delegates to freely voice their views.
He slammed Lim for labelling Pas as the main enemy, adding that DAP was “confused” and had dragged a few “confused” former Pas members (PAN) with them.
“Wasn’t DAP the one who issued a statement on Nov 18, 2015, claiming that supporting Pas was similar to supporting BN and a vote for Pas was a vote for BN?
“DAP repeated the same statement on March 16 last year,” Fadhli said.
He added that it was better to have an enemy who slapped one in the face than a friend who stabbed one in the back.
“Having a friend like DAP is risky as the party is arrogant,” he said.
He said Pas had never supported Umno or BN, except in minor issues.
“Trust me, the time will come when some of the Pakatan Harapan coalition members will voice their uneasiness with DAP just before the general election.”
On Monday, a news portal reported that Lim slammed Pas as confused for declaring DAP as its main enemy in the next poll.