KOTA BARU – The warming-up of ties between PAS and Umno should not be misconstrued as a move to unite both parties but rather one of political expediency, said PAS vice-president Datuk Mohd Amar Abdullah.
“Make no mistake that the agenda to topple the Barisan Nasional government is still ongoing and this time around we are using a different approach.
“The decision to foster closer ties between party president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang and Umno president Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak is a collective decision made by the party and not by the president alone,” he told reporters.
Mohd Amar said the situation is now akin to PAS having the upper hand in the political landscape and it would be unfair “to stab an enemy when it is down or dying”.
Mohd Amar, also the deputy mentri besar, said Kelantan PAS is confident of winning the two-third majority in the 14th General Election and dismissed talk it will lose the state due to the cooperation.
“Based on the grassroots support that we are getting, I have a high level of confidence that we will be able to form the government after the 14th General Election.
“We will never join the opposition front and we are also ready to face three-way fights in Kelantan for Parliament and state seats, although it is preferable that we face Umno on a one-to-one basis,” he added.
On another matter, Mohd Amar said Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is “excess baggage” to Pakatan Harapan.
He said PAS “will never listen to Dr Mahathir due to his stubborn and egoistic behaviour.”
“I cannot see how he is going to convince PAS to join the opposition front when our stand on the matter is clear that we will never have anything to do with DAP and Amanah,” he said.
He was commenting on Dr Mahathir’s comment that those who used 1MDB money to perform the Haj, will not have their pilgrimage “accepted” (tidak mabrur).