PKR SLAMS PAS OVER SEVERED TIES
PKR de facto leader criticises Pas for its friendly ties with Umno
SYED UMAR ARIFF AND ARFA YUNUS SHAH ALAM firstname.lastname@example.org
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