Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Hadi makes counter-offer to Umno

Following the call by prime minister Najib Razak for PAS to leave Pakatan Rakyat, indirectly renewing his invitation to join Barisan Nasional, the PAS president has made a counter offer.

Tuan Guru Abdul Hadi Awang invited UMNO members and leaders to join the Islamic party if they were really serious in implementing Islam and establish justice for people of all races in the country.

Hadi also said there was no question of PAS leaving the PR coalition.

“Our conscience is clear, and our cooperation in PR is based on the policy of mutual cooperation in establishing justice and fighting injustice," said Hadi.

Earlier, PAS secretary-general Mustafa linked Najib's statement to a call by MCA president Chua Soi Lek to let go the party's cabinet positions as long as it did not have electoral support from majority Chinese.

Saying PAS was committed to PR, he warned of any attempt to create a 'dangerous dichotomy' of Malay-dominant government on one side and Chinese-dominant opposition in the other.

"It is catastrophic to have a dichotomy of a Malay government on one side, and a Chinese-dominant opposition on the other. We would like to reiterate our total rejection to such an arrangement and will not be a party to it.

"We cannot over-emphasise our commitment in Pakatan Rakyat and our resolve to ensure the successful evolution of a two-party system," said Mustafa in a statement yesterday.

Hadi reiterated that PAS did not sacrifice any of its principles in its cooperation with DAP.

According to Hadi, UMNO's cooperation with MCA and MIC, on the other hand, resulted in the Malay party abandoning Islamic values.

He dismised claims that UMNO protects Malay and Muslim interest, and said the continued denial for oil royalty in Malay-majority Kelantan and Terengganu proved the UMNO-led government's victimisation of their own community.

- Harakahdaily

Written by Malaysia Chronicle

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