PAS and hatred for BN

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I am puzzled by the latest position taken by several prominent Opposition leaders such as Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Dato’ Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali and Dato Ambiga Sreenevasan with regard to the upcoming by-elections in Sungei Besar and Kuala Kangsar.

They have reportedly said that the Barisan Nasional must be defeated at all costs, even if it means supporting PAS. Now this is something new in the Opposition’s political struggle which I cannot comprehend.

Since when is PAS better than the BN? I lived in Kelantan so I should know. PAS ruled Kelantan for 26 years but did very little to improve its infrastructure or the welfare of its people. Kelantan is better off under the BN.

Furthermore, this Islamist party of clerics supports the Prime Minister, and it’s PAS President Dato Seri Hadi Awang who said that we need four witnesses before we can make any definitive decision regarding the PM’s involvement with 1MDB.

PAS is a party that only wants Muslims as leaders, supports child marriage and that believes women’s place is at home. It’s also a party that wants — above all else — hudud law to be implemented in the country. You want PAS instead of the BN? You must be out of your mind.

How on earth can we support such a party? If it’s just to see the BN defeated and the Prime Minister embarrassed by such an outcome, then I say, think again. It’s foolish and serves no useful purpose.

In a straight fight with PAS the BN will win because these parties are now on friendly terms, and Hadi will not embarrass the Supreme Leader. The BN will come out smiling. It is, after all, a by-election and the BN will mobilise all of its considerable resources and will surely win with a bigger majority than the last election.

Some Opposition leaders have lost their bearings because their struggle is no longer based on what they wish to offer to the people in terms of policies and political messages. They have become consumed by their desire to win another seat, at all costs. This is not progressive politics.

Again, if they are motivated by hatred for the BN or the Prime Minsiter or both, supporting PAS will not produce the desired result. Hatred always clouds one’s judgement. The credibility of the Opposition is more important than a superficial win by PAS, a party that ultimately serves the BN’s interest. A PAS win in these by-elections will mean nothing.

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  1. Concerned Rakyat
    Concerned Rakyat
    May 16, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    In addition, PAS will not get any non-Malay vote whereas Amanah or PKR will, so Pakatan needs to submit a candidate to take on PAS and UMNO, and not give PAS a free ride. Besides, win or lose in the by-election, it will give Pakatan a good insight into how to strategise for the bigger battle to come, GE14.

    1. Josephine Wong
      Josephine Wong
      May 16, 2016 at 4:22 pm

      Well said!

    2. amin
      May 16, 2016 at 7:00 pm


    3. Lanesra
      May 16, 2016 at 9:05 pm

      Both seats have about 30% non Malay voters. I say PH has a pretty decent chance in a three-corner fight if the non Malay votes stay with the Opposition. PH will be FOOL if they don’t contest both seats. IF Azmin and PKR stands in the way, DAP and Amanah must ‘get it’ and cut PKR loose. Let the likes of Tian Chua, Sivarasa, Elizabeth get on party and merry with PAS.

  2. Joe
    May 16, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    NOBODY except in Hadi’s PAS, think PAS is better than UMNO. Even PKR Azmin do not think so. What they are against is taking on the challenge of dealing with the dysfunctionalities that Hadi’s PAS is. In other words, it running away from the toughest problem and instead working on the low hanging fruit in front of them. Never mind the fruit is carcenogic or ticking time bomb.

    Each have their own short term objectives. Because the word Islam is painted all over the cancer or time bomb, they think they never have to be responsible if it fails, kills and destroy.

  3. Lanesra
    May 16, 2016 at 3:48 pm

    How can PH succeed when one of its key component party does not believe it can succeed? PKR does not think PH can win without PAS. PKR thinks Amanah cannot replace PAS. PKR is suddenly wary of DAP. But, I think PKR is the problem. Despite two significant electoral victories in 2008 and 2013, PKR has still failed to establish its political foundation. Its multiracial political platform has failed to resonate with majority of the Malay electorate. Look no further than the recent Bersih, PKR has failed to bring out the Malays. How many of those who came out because of PKR? Maybe a few. This means PKR does not have a loyal base like PAS or DAP. PKR has won because of anti-BN sentiments, because of being in coalition with PAS and DAP. PKR has not won because of PKR. Make no mistake, PKR is the weakest link and the problem in PH.
    PAS under Hadi cannot be clearer about its plan going forward. They want build a Muslim Government with UMNO. They realize that their Hudud agenda will not materialise with DAP or PKR. So, why is PKR still dances with PAS? The simple answer, PKR cannot win seats without PAS. PKR cannot keep Selangor, their crown jewel, without PAS. Azmin cannot be MB without PAS. PKR cannot win on their own. They are weak. Azmin is no Anwar. In fact, Azmin cant even attract a crowd of support like Mat Sabu.
    So, PKR is playing a pure political game of balancing between its two political supports, ie PAS and DAP. Does it think it can win the next GE? No. All PKR thinks it can achieve now is keeping Selangor at the good grace of PAS and DAP. Azmin just hope he can continue to be MB and use the MB office to build his wealth and political base. Being an ex UMNO guy, Azmin should know money can buy political power and loyalty.
    So, PKR … stop blaming others. Grow a pair. We know what you guys are cooking and we don’t like it!!!!!

    1. amin
      May 16, 2016 at 6:58 pm

      Azmin is the President while Azizah is turned into a deputy. Azmin is running the show. PKR is helpless because it’s leader has become a tool of PAS. PKR mustit’s own candidate in SG. BESAR. AMANAH IN KUALA KANGSAR WITH NIJAR HEADING THE ATTACK.

  4. Josephine Wong
    Josephine Wong
    May 16, 2016 at 4:20 pm

    PH is doomed for failure as long we have AA at the helm who practise political polygamy with PAS. PAS or rather, Hadi Awang has made it crystal crystal clear that PAS role is to advise umno – that he can do without being elected into office!! Let Amanah have a go this by-election, if not both, at least 1. Amanah need to test the water and also demonstrate their power base, if any. Give a walkover to PAS (assuming the seat is winnable for them) will only boost Hadi’s already inflated ego, and give him more power to negotiate with PH come GE14. No to PAS and UMNO!!

  5. Lanesra
    May 16, 2016 at 5:57 pm

    If PAS wins, it means the alliance between UMNO and PAS will be closer to reality. Like that? No. A PAS wins means nothing by a loss to me

    1. mean
      May 17, 2016 at 7:54 pm

      you dont get it, its not about you vote for PAS mean we like PAS, no . For this PRK just to show najib even monkey be a candidate, we will make monkey win. 🙂

      we just use PAS to achieve our goal.

  6. Foo
    May 16, 2016 at 6:07 pm

    I’ll have to agree with YB Shah Alam – should there be a 3 or even 4-corner fight in KK/SB so be it! We should not be just looking at these 2 by-elections, but GE 14. PAS?

  7. amin
    May 16, 2016 at 6:55 pm

    Azmin is protecting his own position as the Menteri Besar of Selangor and that’s the only reason he doesn’t want to shake the boat he is sitting in with PAS. PAS must be defeated together with BN if it insists to contest these seats. PAS’s victory is BN’s gains. Anyway Hadi is already in BN without officially declaring on it. Azmin ain’t stupid but it’s his position that is being looked after.
    So go guys put Aamanah candidate there and with DAP and PKR support Aamanah will pull through.

  8. Salim Murrthi
    Salim Murrthi
    May 16, 2016 at 9:43 pm

    PKR should fill in candidates from AMANAH.for the by election. MB selangor cannot be trusted cause he might fall both side UMNO or PAS. Tun M has taken all this clown including Tuan Zaid for a ride. Please dis associated from TUn the soon the better for Pakatan.

  9. MuaffMalik
    May 26, 2016 at 10:16 pm

    It’s easier to watch and speaks.But in reality does it really looks alike?who knows?to be fair for all parties.I positively think they try to do their best as so many thing inbetween dicisions.I did notice only a few multiracial and small country like us manage to develope very well to be seen by world.We Malaysian see not small things instead big scale only matters?Numbers begin from 1 to blabla.humbly looking foward for brighter generation.

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