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Pakatan may die in two weeks, warns Kit Siang

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DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang today sounded yet another alarm bells over the fate of Pakatan Rakyat, this time warning that the opposition coalition may just have two weeks to live.

Lim made no specific mention of what could trigger Pakatan's sudden demise, but he appeared to be referring to the PAS party polls on June 4, which will determine whether pro or anti-Pakatan forces will control the party.

"Time is running out for Pakatan Rakyat. In two weeks’ time, Pakatan Rakyat may cease to exist.

"This is a most ludicrous political development," he said in a statement today.

He warned that alleged plotters of a so-called 'unity government' (UG) between PAS and Umno may soon succeed after being blocked by the late PAS spiritual leader Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat from doing so since 2008.

"Former PAS leaders have gone on public record to assert that the UG government idea had the blessings of the PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang (photo) but was blocked  by the obstinate opposition of Nik Aziz.


"The promoters of the UG concept have taken full advantage of the passing of Nik Aziz, confident that they will be able to achieve a breakthrough for their seven-year-old  political conspiracy, as this plot was first hatched immediately after the 12th General Elections in 2008," he said.

Lim pointed out that Nik Aziz had openly castigated then PAS deputy president Nasharuddin Mat Isa in 2009, telling him to quit PAS and join Umno if he persisted with the UG agenda.

Nasharuddin eventually resigned from the party.

Hadi's salvos

"This was why it came as a total shock when Abdul Hadi recently claimed that the proposal of the UG Government, when it first surfaced after the 2008 General Election, had the approval of Nik Aziz and (PKR de facto leader) Anwar Ibrahim, as well as the knowledge of DAP," said Lim.

Lim was referring to a talk by Abdul Hadi last Tuesday where he claimed Nik Aziz endorsed the idea of a unity government with Umno.

On Friday, Abdul Hadi also declared that PAS is prepared to sever ties with Pakatan, accusing DAP of wanting to form the federal government on its own.

Lim said neither Nik Aziz (right) , PKR or DAP ever agreed to the idea of a unity government comprising purely Malay political parties through the union of PAS and Umno.

"Nobody doubts that Nik Aziz would himself want to see the immediate implementation of hudud, but he is realistic enough to know that it was not part of the Pakatan common policy framework and that any insistence without arriving at a Pakatan consensus to implement it would lead to the disintegration of Pakatan.

"Pakatan will miss Nik Aziz greatly," he said.

Lim also proposed an eight-year road map for the three Pakatan component parties to recommit to the Pakatan common policy framework.

The greatest hope for change if federal government is now, he said, as BN is at its weakest given its chief Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak is facing mutiny in his own party Umno.

"All the conditions for such a historic change are in place, except that at this moment, Pakatan Rakyat itself on the brink of disintegration," he said.

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