SUPP dis­agrees with PAS' po­lit­i­cal ide­ol­ogy

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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.

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