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Useless to give Umno a life-line, says PAS VP

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PAS vice-president Iskandar Abdul Samad today said that it was of no use for anyone to work together with BN/Umno which he said he believed is was at the end of its lifespan, having lost the trust of the rakyat.

"There is no use to give them a life-line. The needs of the nation and the rakyat must be given priority," he said in a statement today.

He also stressed that despite allegations to the contrary, it was still the aim of PAS to ensure that Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak step down and that BN be removed from Putrajaya.

"Those who claim otherwise may have their own hopes and intentions of which only they know," he added.

As proof of PAS' resoluteness, he related the Islamic party's recent call for the dissolution of Parliament and for snap polls to be called, which he said was the best solution for the nation's woes.

"The (BN) leadership has been mired in scandals like the 1MDB, SRC, and others, which makes it imperative for them to be replaced to restore the trust of the rakyat," said Iskandar.

The people, he argued, no longer believed the explanations given by the Umno-led BN government despite the latter's claim that it still holds the rakyat's trust.

He said calling for a general elections now would allow for the formation of a new government that the people could trust and restore the country's image.

"When faced with this situation, any other dignified government would call for elections to prove that they still command public support. But can we consider the Umno-dominated BN government a dignified government?" he asked.

Iskandar's statement came amid mixed signals being sent by various PAS leaders, with some advocating a closer working relationship with Umno for the sake of Islam and the Malays.

Other PAS leaders, meanwhile, support opposition to the ruling party while others say work closely with Umno members but not with the party itself.

This uncertain stance by the Islamic party's leadership has led to confusion over the actual stand of PAS when it comes to Umno, with many accusing the Islamist party of having designs to re-join the Malay party which it originally splintered from.

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