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.