‘DAP NEGLECTED MUSLIMS IN PENANG’: HADI GIVES NEW EXCUSE TO MAHATHIR’S BERSATU TO SLAM DOOR ON DAP

MARANG – PAS has shut its doors on DAP but is keeping them open for talks with Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia.

PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang (pic) said DAP and its leaders, including party stalwart and Gelang Patah MP Lim Kit Siang, had never shown any sign of support towards PAS’ core struggle.

He also said the DAP’s plan to hold talks with PAS was only part of an agenda to win the election.

“He (Lim) had never shown any sign of support towards our struggle. He is against the formation of an Islamic government.

“He and DAP are also against the proposed amendments to the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act (Act 355). These are all matters that are close to PAS’ principles,” said Hadi, who is also the Marang MP, after his sermon at the Rusila mosque Friday.

Abdul Hadi claimed the DAP had shown Muslims its true colours in Penang by neglecting their welfare.

“Look at their attitude towards the Muslims in Penang. This is clear proof. It has failed to look after the interests of the people in Penang.

“What the DAP is doing is only to win the election. However, PAS is not just talking about winning the general election but we want to bring about changes.

“We have our agenda and likewise, the DAP has its agenda. But our agenda is different and does not meet or coincide (with theirs), so it’s a no (to hold talks with the DAP) as there are no positive signs,” he added.

Abdul Hadi was responding to a question regarding Lim’s recent statement in which he expressed a willingness to hold talks and work with PAS.

Lim had also brushed off suggestions that his olive branch to PAS was a U-turn.

He was also reported as saying that the issue of holding talks with PAS would revolve around kleptocracy in a bid to “save the country.”

He nonetheless said the offer was his personal stand which has yet to be brought up to the party leadership for discussion.

On PAS’ cooperation with Tun Dr  Mahathir Mohamad’s Parti Pribumi, Abdul Hadi said the former prime minister had also been inconsistent in his public statements, but he added that the Islamist party was willing to hold discussions.

“If they come, we can talk. This is a democratic country but everyone should know that PAS has its policies, vision and concept,” he added.

It was reported that Pribumi was still keen to cooperate with PAS to go against Barisan Nasional in the next general election, despite giving the Islamist party an ultimatum earlier.

Dr Mahathir, who is party chairman, said Pribumi would meet PAS on Feb 2 to discuss the matter further.

To be led by its deputy president Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir, the meeting is aimed at courting PAS to work with Pribumi to avoid three-cornered fights against Barisan.

– ANN

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