Blame DAP, PKR and Pakatuns for PAS Islamic foray

 |Nov 30, 2016


PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang (left) and DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng.
PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang (left) and DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng.

The DAP and company are blaming Barisan Nasional for allowing PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang to table private member’s bill to amend the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965, or better known as Act 355 (RUU355).

Marang MP Hadi managed to move the bill with the help of the federal ruling party, Umno.

If PAS and Hadi can table such a bill with Umno’s support, who’s to be blamed?

Umno and PAS are Malay-Muslim based parties.

To both parties, Islam is important for their political survival.

The point to ponder is not the Umno-PAS cooperation, but how PAS could build its political strength so dominantly that it was able to table a syariah bill that could rock the whole nation today, something unthinkable even a decade ago.

Prior to 2008 general election (GE12), PAS was a mere regional party with political presence confined to the east-coast of the Peninsula and for a while in Kedah.

Who actually made PAS now a national party with strong presence all over the country?

PKR, DAP, non-Malays Muslims?

Yes blame them all.

Umno, MCA, MIC, Gerakan or even PPP did not make PAS strong.

These parties campaigned against PAS all these years.

Malaysians should actually blame DAP, PKR, non-Malays Muslims for making PAS stronger than pre-2008.

Even Hindraf played a role in helping PAS to build its political strength back in GE12.

Blame DAP & PKR

But the chunk of the blame should be pinned on DAP and by extension, PKR.

Both these so-called multiracial parties campaigned vigorously among non-Malay Muslims to vote for PAS in 2008 and 2013 general elections.

“Don’t worry about PAS. Vote us first. Then we will take care of PAS and its Islamist agenda” – was the DAP-PKR propaganda to their millions of supporters, notoriously known as ‘Pakatuns’, to garner their votes during the ‘Ubah’ GE13.

The blind, deaf and dumb Pakatuns then cast their votes and made PAS stronger.

Now DAP, PKR and Pakatuns are conveniently blaming Umno, MCA, MIC, PPP and Gerakan for Hadi’s private bill.

Pakatan Harapan is attempting to create a perception that the Umno-Pas axis was pushing for an Islamic agenda.

Pakatan Harapan was hiding the fact it was responsible for making PAS strong, strong enough to push for an Islamic state agenda in this country.

DAP’s Lim Dynasty thought it can stem PAS’s Islamic agenda through Amanah.

Prior to that, the Chinese-dominated DAP unilaterally closed down previous Pakatan Rakyat and kicked out PAS from the opposition coalition.

After kicking out the Moon, the Rocket thought it could take the steam out of PAS by creating its proxy Malay-Muslim party, Amanah.

It did not happen, at the moment at least.

DAP’s aggressive tactics to elbow out PAS has inevitably pushed the green flag party closer to forge a cooperation with Umno, by extension Barisan Nasional.

Surely PAS did not want to be isolated from mainstream politics, hence, possible alliance with Umno.

The 'secret deal' signed by Lim Guan Eng and Abdu Hadi Awang to allow PAS to pursue its Islamist agenda on its own. With that document DAP sold out the trust of Pakatuns on the party.
The ‘secret deal’ signed by Lim Guan Eng and Abdu Hadi Awang to allow PAS to pursue its Islamist agenda on its own. With that document DAP sold out the trust of Pakatuns on the party.

Secret deal

Pakatuns should rewind and recall the pre-GE13 agreement clinched by PAS’s Hadi and DAP’s secretary general Lim Guan Eng.

In that secret deal, Guan Eng on behalf of DAP, agreed to allow PAS to pursue its Islamic agenda on its own.

With that document, signed and sealed, DAP had sold out non-Malay Muslims in general and Pakatuns in particular.

The PAS-DAP deal was kept secret from Malaysians during GE13.

It came to open only a year later during the Bukit Gelugor by-election in Penang through an independent candidate Mohamed Nabi Bux Mohamed Abdul Sathar.

Then Penang Gerakan seized the chance and blew up the issue.

Until today, DAP and the Lims have not given Malaysians any clarity on the matter.

They had just swept the secret PAS deal under the carpet, obviously thinking that people had forgotten it.

Then they created Amanah to hoodwink the people as if they were dead against PAS and Islamic agenda.

DAP and Lims should remember that they were ultimately responsible and accountable to the people.

They are sure to pay a heavy price one day for their perceived dishonesty.

DAP, PKR and Pakatuns should take the blame for making PAS an Islamic political force to be reckoned today.

So stop passing the buck and blaming others over your own folly.

Athi Shankar has been a journalist for past 30 years. He believes that democratic rights come with responsibility.