To end PAS-DAP war, ex-minister moots formation of ‘new Pakatan’ with Dr M


(MMO) – Datuk Zaid Ibrahim suggested today that PKR, DAP and the PAS’s ousted leaders band together with Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and other Barisan Nasional leaders currently disillusioned with the current leadership under a “new Pakatan”.

The former Umno minister said it was time for the country to “start all over again” with a radical political realignment, one that would put an end to the troubles plaguing both the administration and the federal opposition front.

“Mat Sabu and friends who joined PAS because they wanted an Islamic Renaissance can form a new political party,” Zaid suggested in a blog post today, referring to PAS’s former deputy president Mohamad Sabu, a known progressive leader who was voted out of the post during the party’s elections last week.

“This new political party can then collaborate with DAP, PKR, (under the new Pakatan) and together with Dr Mahathir, and Tan Sri Muhiyuddin (Yassin) and whoever else is genuinely interested to form a grand alliance.

“Old prejudices and fears of one another must give way to hope and trust for the sake of the people. This is the time of the season when things can turn for the better,” he added.

DAP’s Lim Kit Siang, he said, needs to better explain his Malaysian Dream concept to Malaysians and state specifically what sort of government the country can hope to have under such an ideal.

Lim would also need a Malay group to support this dream, Zaid added, predicting that failing which, the ideal may fail because “Malays are still afraid of the Chinese”.

“Kit Siang has done much for the DAP in his many years in politics; but taking DAP to be accepted by the Malays is the ultimate prize.

“He can’t do this without a Malay leader of stature like Tun M,” Zaid said in urging Lim to approach Dr Mahathir for the formation of a new pact.

Read more here