EVEN with PAS out of the Pakatan Harapan (PH) equation, the contest in the coming election is still a straight fight between the opposition coalition and ruling party Barisan Nasional (BN), DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said.

This is because PAS had become an “ally” of BN, the Penang chief minister said.

“Even in three-cornered fights, it is clear that PAS is with Umno. In actuality, it will be straight fights between BN and its ally PAS, and PH,” he told reporters today in Penang.

Last week, PH declared that there would be no electoral pact with PAS in the 14th general election, meaning the coalition’s component parties DAP, PKR, Amanah and Bersatu would face both PAS and BN in the fight to take Putrajaya.

Previously, a fraction in PKR had tried to engage PAS in talks to avoid three-corner fights, especially in PKR-controlled Selangor where PAS has 13 elected reps.

PKR’s openness to talks with an apparently uninterested PAS, which was also getting friendlier towards Umno, had divided the party and caused concern among other PH parties.

It was reported that PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang had been in regular contact with Umno president and prime minister Najib Razak – the person who would make the call whether to turn Umno’s traditional rival from foe to friend.

However, PAS leaders have denied talking to Umno, with deputy president Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man calling claims that the party was negotiating with Umno to take Selangor from PH “a huge slander”.

Lim said PAS, which was going alone into the general election, had no hope of forming government at both state and federal levels.

“And yet they take this position. PH has no time to lose with the polls coming soon. We have to prepare and if we don’t we will just waste resources and confuse voters.

Lim also took a dig at PAS for previously saying it would stand against DAP in the election, even in his constituency. The DAP leader is Air Putih state rep and Bagan MP.

“As the opposition, we focus our resources where we can win. For DAP, we don’t stand in seats where we have no chance.

“So PAS, which wants to stand in so many seats, even in seats where they have no hope of retaining their deposit, must be very well-financed,” he said.

PAS ended its political ties with DAP in July 2015, leading to the collapse of the former opposition coalition Pakatan Rakyat. PAS then ended its cooperation with PKR this May.

– Malay Mail