Wednesday, May 4, 2011

PAS : Umno now very weak, 5%-7% swing in Malay votes will end BN's reign

PAS leaders warned Umno was now "very weak and desperate" and if just 5 to 7 per cent of the Malay vote swung to the Pakatan Rakyat, that would be the end of the BN's 5-decades old hegemony.

They also spurned Umno's latest offer to merge and stoutly defended Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim, blaming Prime Minister Najib Razak's administration for the current plunge in "moral standards" and "sense of public decency".

"Umno is now very weak and desperate. The same goes for MCA," PAS vice president Mahfuz Omar told Malaysia Chronicle.

"These language-twisting games are their last resort to woo the Malay and Chinese voters. Najib and Chua are trying to cause friction and disharmony among Pakatan component partners.The best is just to treat their talk as rubbish and ignore them totally."

Desperate duo

He was referring to PM Najib, who is also Umno president, and MCA president Chua Soi Lek.

Both men have come under fire of late in both the Malay and Chinese communities. Najib for his perceived encouragement of the use of obscene or gutter politics promoted by the Datuk T trio against Anwar and for allegedly colluding with Chua to 'blackmail' the Chinese electorate into voting for the MCA.

Last week, Najib went a step further by calling on PAS to join BN, as according to him, DAP was not helping the Islamist party to realise its Islamic State agenda.

While this sounded good to the right-wing Muslims, Najib overlooked the fact that it contradicted MCA president Chua Soi Lek's evinced stand that PAS must firstly stop pursuing it Islamic State agenda.

"Chua has always wanted to be a Chinese superhero but I think PKR and DAP has more Chinese heroes," Mahfuz said.

"These are mind games and psychological warfare to garner the votes of the Malays and the Chinese. The Malaysian public must not be hoodwinked by such antics."

Najib's preoccupation with sex

Apart from mind games, BN is also playing sex games, said the PAS leaders.

They pointed to the way the Najib administration was going all out to "get" Anwar with the Datuk T sex video. The Datuk T trio are Umno members with links to the top leadership. They had revealed a tape that purportedly featured Anwar having sex with a female prostitute last March.

Anwar has denied involvement and close-ups of the footage show a man with facial features and body size distinctly different from his. Although the Datuk T trio disclaimed any political motive, they had demanded Anwar's resignation and that of his wife, PKR president Wan Azizah.

"We do not believe that Anwar is the man in the video. We are very clear about qazaf (slander without the Muslim requirement of having 4 witnesses) so why would we want to withdraw from Pakatan? We do not make decisions based on things like sumpah laknat (oath-taking) . We want this to go to syariah court and settle this matter so that we will know who is to blame," PAS MP for Kota Raja Dr Sit Mariah Mahmud told Malaysia Chronicle.

"Whether it is PKR, PAS or DAP, we have never asked Anwar to step down. We have a very strong bond and if ever we were to separate, it will not be because of Anwar. We share common aspiration and vision and that is why BN fears Anwar and Pakatan Rakyat. Why should Anwar resign based on threats?"

- Malaysia Chronicle

Written by Selena Tay, Sheela Sri Jaya, Malaysia Chronicle

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