SUPP disagrees with PAS' political ideology
KUCHING: Sarawak United People's Party (SUPP) does not agree with the political philosophy of Parti Islam Se Malaysia (PAS), and treats the proposed electoral pact between Barisan Nasional (BN) backbone Umno and PAS as a private agreement.
SUPP president Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian said things are not as clear as people had wanted it to be now.
"While we are sure that PAS members are nice and we can have coffee anytime, SUPP does not agree with the party's political philosophy of governance.
"Should we also say, as long as it is not passed by the BN Supreme Council, any form of Umno-PAS cooperation remains a private arrangement between the two parties," he added.
PBB Supreme Council member Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah was quoted in the Borneo Post yesterday as saying that he saw no issue in Umno combining forces with PAS in Peninsular Malaysia, if it would make Barisan Nasional (BN) stronger in the coming general election.
"Anything that could bring strength and unity to BN and Malaysia is very much welcome and if this electoral pact could serve that purpose, then why not?
"What is important is that the pact must be able to unite Malaysians and not otherwise," said the Minister of Tourism Arts Culture Youth and Sports when asked to comment on Umno giving the green light to its president Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to negotiate with PAS leaders on the electoral pact.
Umno Information chief Tan Sri Annuar Musa reportedly said at a 'Anda Tanya Kita Jawab' (You Ask We Reply) dialogue session with three university student leaders in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday that the pact would be the first time the idea of an alliance between the two parties surfaced.
“I am sure it will come to fruition if such a pact is supported by Malays who are concerned about Malay unity,” Annuar said.
And last week, Bernama reported Annuar as saying although the ideology and ways of Umno and PAS were different, the parties had the same DNA and goal - to champion Islam and Malays.
“Since PAS is from the same DNA, I believe there is a meeting point. No matter where the parties go, they will not run parallel… there will be a meeting point. This is something we can celebrate,” he said.