PKR SLAMS PAS OVER SEV­ERED TIES

PKR de facto leader crit­i­cises Pas for its friendly ties with Umno

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SYED UMAR ARIFF AND ARFA YUNUS SHAH ALAM news@nst.com.my

PKR yes­ter­day openly at­tacked Pas over their sev­ered ties, sig­nalling the first all-out war af­ter 18 years of po­lit­i­cal al­liance.

PKR’s de facto leader Datuk Seri An­war Ibrahim, who is in jail, slammed Pas’s friendly ties with Umno claim­ing that it had “soft­ened” the for­mer’s po­lit­i­cal stance.

He said Pas’s de­ci­sion to break its pact with PKR was not sur­pris­ing as the Is­lamic party was never openly crit­i­cal of the gov­ern­ment on is­sues such as the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Goods and Ser­vices Tax, in­crease in sugar and fuel prices, adding that the party was also ab­sent from the Ber­sih 5 rally.

But he ex­pressed dis­may over Pas’s ac­cu­sa­tion that PKR was not sup­port­ive of its pri- vate mem­ber’s bill to amend the Syariah Courts (Crim­i­nal Ju­ris­dic­tion) Act 1965 (Act 355).

“We are dis­ap­pointed with the state­ment con­demn­ing PKR over Act 355.

“The (PKR) pres­i­dent and I have stated that while we re­spect Pas’s right (to ta­ble the bill), it must be de­bated and re­ferred to the se­lect com­mit­tee,” he said in a speech read by his daugh­ter and PKR vi­cepres­i­dent, Nu­rul Iz­zah An­war, at the party’s 12th congress yes­ter­day.

An­war claimed that since the bill was not tabled by the gov­ern­ment, ef­forts to amend Act 355 would be shelved.

“It was (Prime Min­is­ter) Datuk Seri Na­jib (Razak) who made the de­ci­sion. It means the bill will be shelved. We are per­plexed as to why no op­po­si­tion (by Pas has been) made against Umno,” he said.

While ex­press­ing ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the co­op­er­a­tion ex­tended by Pas pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Ab­dul Hadi Awang and late Pas lead­ers Dr Yusuf Rawa and Datuk Nik Ab­dul Aziz Nik Mat, An­war said the de­ci­sion by Pas to leave the op­po­si­tion pact was both dis­ap­point­ing and shock­ing.

An­war then an­nounced the con­sol­i­da­tion of DAP, Parti Amanah Ne­gara and Tun Dr Ma­hathir Mo­hamad’s Parti Pribumi Ber­satu Malaysia (PPBM) un­der the ban­ner of Pakatan Hara­pan.

“Let us not dwell on that (mat­ters of Pas). Pakatan Hara­pan must re­alise the need to build a con­sen­sus in de­cid­ing poli­cies.”

An­war’s wife and PKR pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Dr Wan Az­izah Wan Ismail an­nounced her sup­port for DAP sec­re­tary-gen­eral Lim Guan Eng’s ad­min­is­tra­tion in Pe­nang.

She de­cried Pas’s al­le­ga­tions that Guan Eng was anti-Is­lam and against the Malays.

In her open­ing speech, she claimed that the Pe­nang chief min­is­ter had con­trib­uted mil­lions of ring­git for Is­lamic de­vel­op­ment.

“Guan Eng spent RM457 mil­lion from 2008 to 2017 on Is­lamic mat­ters, mosques and school de­vel­op­ments. But now he is ac­cused with fab­ri­cated al­le­ga­tions. To Guan Eng, PKR and Pakatan Hara­pan will stand by you to fight all the al­le­ga­tions,” she said.

Nu­rul Iz­zah An­war

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