Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) Youth has urged Pakatan Harapan and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) to be united in rejecting PAS as soon as possible.
Delaying this, said the wing’s leader Mohd Sany Hamzan, would provide an advantage to PAS and Umno-BN.
He criticised PAS for claiming that it wanted to battle Umno and BN but at the same time refused to be part of the opposition coalition.
“PAS’ attitude of wanting to cooperate with PKR and Bersatu but not DAP and Amanah does not benefit the opposition alliance.
“In fact, it weakens the opposition. This confuses the people and denies their aspiration to see a change in leadership,” he said in a media statement.
When this happens, Mohd Sany said both Umno-BN and Pakatan Harapan would be perceived as weak and incapable of garnering majority support, and therefore PAS considers itself as the “kingmaker”.
“PAS’ assumption is that the existing coalitions (ruling and opposition) must rely on PAS to form the government despite (PAS) winning only a few seats,” he added.
The Amanah Youth leader claimed that based on this scenario, PAS was of the impression that all its demands must be met in return for its help.
“PAS appears to want to live comfortably on the division and troubles of others. The term ‘kingmaker’ should be changed to ‘king of opportunists’ instead,” he added.
PAS was once a member of the now defunct Pakatan Rakyat coalition together with DAP and PKR.
The coalition fell apart in 2015 following disagreements between DAP and PAS over the latter’s theocratic goals.
Following this, DAP and PKR formed Harapan together with Amanah, which is a PAS splinter party.