PAS vice-president Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man has asked its Pakatan Rakyat partner, DAP, to stop attacking his party and president Abdul Hadi Awang, for this only creates further ammunition for Umno and BN.
Pakatan is in a prime position now to defeat BN in the 14th general election, but such attacks by the DAP are weakening the coalition, Tuan Ibrahim said in a statement today.
“Umno and BN are now drowning in the 1Malaysia Development Bhd issue and the rising cost of living as a result of the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST).
“However, the attacks on PAS by DAP have given BN and Umno renewed efforts to attack the opposition,” he said.
Tuan Ibrahim said he has voiced this view to the DAP many times, but to no avail.
“Let us work on matters that we have agreed upon and not violate the policies of the other parties.
“All parties should remain strong and work on the bigger objective of winning the next general election. Attacks between DAP and PAS will only benefit Umno and BN,” he said.
“DAP has many times emphasised it is giving priority to Pakatan, but its attacks on PAS and the PAS president show otherwise. The DAP's actions seem to bring Pakatan to the brink of a split.”
If DAP loves Pakatan, Tuan Ibrahim added, then it should stop attacking PAS.
‘Get rid of animosity’
He said all parties should get rid of animosities, differences and treating the other party as the enemy and they should all work together as partners.
“DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang was right when he said the late PAS spiritual adviser Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat loved Pakatan. Nik Aziz never violated PAS party principles just to fulfil the demands of other Pakatan partners.
“Allegations that PAS will unite with Umno are slander. The PAS Syura Council has emphasised on this recently. How many seats is Umno willing to give PAS if the alleged unity government is true? Is it 40? That question alone is enough to deflect such allegations,” Tuan Ibrahim added.
In the 2013 general election, PAS contested 73 parliamentary seats but won only 21.