Toppling BN is against PAS’ Malay-Muslim spirit, says Khairuddin
Bersatu’s intention to work with other parties to ensure Umno and Barisan Nasional’s defeat in the next general election (GE15) is not in line with PAS’ spirit of Malay-Muslim cooperation, says a former leader in the Islamic party.
(FMT) – Kuala Nerus MP Khairuddin Aman Razali pointed out that the PAS Syura Council previously decided that the party’s direction was to ensure Pakatan Harapan was defeated at the polls.
“It’s up to PAS if it has a new direction, but that’s not in the spirit of the Malay-Muslim cooperation that the majority of the Muslims in this country want,” he said.
Khairuddin, who is a former secretary of the Syura Council, also reminded PAS leaders that the spirit of its pact with Umno under Muafakat Nasional (MN) was to topple PH, which he said failed to govern well in its 22 months in power.
He said that if PAS chooses to make Umno its enemy, the two largest Malay-Muslim parties in the country will continue to clash for the next few decades.
During Perikatan Nasional’s convention on Saturday, PN chairman Muhyiddin Yassin said it was open to teaming up with other parties in GE15 as it would be difficult to defeat BN, which he dubbed “the main enemy”.
While PKR deputy president Rafizi Ramli maintained that PH will not cooperate with PN in GE15, Muhyiddin dismissed this as the former Pandan MP’s personal opinion.
PN comprises Bersatu, PAS, Gerakan, Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku (STAR) and the Sabah Progressive Party. Except for Bersatu and PAS, the other three parties represent non-Muslims.