Monday, May 9, 2011

PAS : Mahathir’s barbs don’t sting

The party says that Mahathir is being used by Umno and what he says has little value.
PETALING JAYA : As far as PAS is concerned Dr Mahathir Mohamad can keep hurling his barbs and invectives at them, as the former premier’s actions has little value.

His latest tirade that PAS is no longer fighting for the Malays and Islam but struggling for the DAP has bewildered party secretary general Mustafa Ali.

Mustafa said that it was sad that a man of Mahathir’s stature has fallen into Umno’s communal politics trap.

Mahathir, speaking at a function in Cheras yesterday, said previously PAS “would not even want to look at DAP’s face but now it has become DAP’s protector”.

Mustafa said Umno knows that Mahathir is still trusted by some and they are making use of him, “but he flip-flops and is not consistent in what he says and that it no longer matters to us”.

“We know our stand which is to fight for the justice for all, not only the Malays or the Muslims,” he told FMT.

He added that Mahathir’s latest comment was merely “propaganda talk” as Umno’s stand varies from crowd to crowd.

“Among the Chinese crowd, they will say that DAP is being used as a PAS tool. Among the Malays, they will say that PAS is being used as DAP’s tool.”

He said that the Pakatan had made clear its stand on Islam and the special rights of Malays in the “Buku Jingga” which highlights the opposition’s reform plans.

Mahathir’s agenda

PAS vice-president Salahuddin Ayub also said that Umno was merely using the elder statesman.

“It shows how desperate Umno is and how it is using Mahathir to save them” he said .

“Mahathir’s agenda is very easy to understand, it is a manifestation of his disappointment with the strength of the Pakatan Rakyat,” he said.

He said that through the Pakatan alliance, PAS had managed to make inroads in Umno areas and are gaining support of the non-Malays and Malays.

Party deputy president Nasharudin Mat Isa also rubbished Mahathir’s comments, calling it a “clear sign of Umno’s desperation” in a move to win back support.

“From what I remember, we never appointed any outsiders to speak on our behalf. PAS knows what it is doing,” he said.

Tarani Palani FMT

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