Former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad does not look down on PAS, instead is worried of the Islamist party’s influence.
This, according to the director of PAS’ Research Centre (PPP) Mohd Zuhdi Marzuki.
In a statement today, Mohd Zuhdi, referring to an article by Malay Mail Online titled ‘Dr M says he doesn’t need PAS, can beat Islamist party’, said a statement like that was part of the former premier’s political strategy.
“Mahathir is a political dictator. And it is because of that attitude he confronted all of the Prime Ministers before and after him, from Tunku Abdul Rahman until the current Prime Minister.
“If there is an exception, it was only during the time of Tun Abdul Razak,” Mohd Zuhdi said.
Now that Mahathir, who is also the chairman of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Pribumi), is with the Opposition, Mohd Zuhdi opined that with his attitude of being a political dictator, he was looking to get all the parties and leadership in Pakatan Harapan (PH) to bow to his political moves.
“Now he has placed himself as the leader of Pribumi, PKR, DAP and Amanah.
“He has managed to sink Anwar Ibrahim. He has tamed Lim Kit Siang (DAP advisor),” Mohd Zuhdi said, also adding the names of Amanah president Mohamad Sabu and Pokok Sena MP Mahfuz Omar to the list.
“In other words, he is the true leader of PH in fighting Barisan Nasional (BN),” he added.
Mohd Zuhdi then claimed that the only one who could jolt Mahathir’s ‘dictatorship’ in the Opposition coalition was PAS.
This, he said was PAS was the second biggest political party after Umno.
“That is why Mahathir does not welcome PAS eventhough Muhyiddin Yassin is hoping to build a relationship,” he said, referring to the Pribumi president.
Mohd Zuhdi stressed that PAS was consistent in its fight to empower Islam and defend the rights of the Malays, something he claimed was the opposite of Mahathir’s strategy.