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Malaysia Chronicle

It is not a new habit for PAS leaders to label other parties with various names and, in fact, the party could go on to do worse things, according to a PKR leader.

Terengganu PKR chief Azan Ismail said this was based on his personal experience of being betrayed while working with PAS, then a part of Pakatan Rakyat.

“Looking at the Umno leadership after their party was labelled a ‘lame duck’, I would like to advise them to not be surprised by the action of PAS leaders.

“Slapping labels and titles has been the practice of PAS since a long time ago. It is an ordinary thing.

“What is extraordinary is that PAS could also break promises made in a pact or agreement,” Azan told Malaysiakini.

He said this in response to PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang’s remark that likened Umno to a lame duck healed by PAS and later tried to swim on its own.

Hadi on Friday accused Umno of being ungrateful following the latter’s reluctance to forge an electoral pact.

Friction between PAS and Umno has been increasingly apparent since the Malacca election last November, which saw both parties fighting from different corners. Eventually, Umno triumphed and PAS was vanquished.

Commenting further, Azan cited PAS’ move to field candidates against PKR during the 13th general election, despite an initial agreement.

In fact, he said there was a PAS leader who accused a PKR candidate of selling methamphetamine, aside from alleging communist ties.

“So, it is only right for Umno to realise and be cautious that when PAS is calling for cooperation and unity, it would not be impossible for them to also commit a betrayal.

“The ‘lame duck’ slur is normal, it has yet to reach a worse level. PAS can go much further than that.

“Don’t want until they (Umno) face PKR’s previous fate when working with PAS,” Azan said.

From within Umno, leaders who spoke up against Hadi include Supreme Council member Puad Zarkashi, claiming that the Islamist party is actually the “lame duck” who ignored Muafakat Nasional’s charter for the sake of a position in the government.

True Umno a ‘lame duck’, but PAS is ‘mentally sick’ – Ibrahim Ali

Parti Bumiputera Perkasa Malaysia (Putra) president Ibrahim Ali today ridiculed PAS, whose president recently criticised Umno for abandoning their friendship after Umno was “saved” and “healed” by the Islamist party.

While Ibrahim  said he agreed with PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang for saying that Umno was a “lame duck”, he claimed that PAS was no better than Umno for itself has changed allies many times, including with those whom PAS had regarded as kafir (infidels).

“It is true that Umno broke its leg. A broken leg can be healed by the traditional way of bone setting massages, or in this time of science and technology, one can even make a prosthetic leg to be able to walk. 

“If one really follows the treatment and abide by the advice of the doctor, there is a chance that the leg can be nursed back to health.

“On the other hand, PAS is mentally sick. The easiest example to show this was when PAS said that it was haram for voters to choose non-Muslims as their leaders, but later they said it is permissible.

“PAS used to accuse DAP as evil. Later it accused Umno as more evil than DAP. When PAS became friends with DAP in Pakatan Rakyat, Hadi could hug with Lim Kit Siang and Lim Guan Eng, and he criticised Umno.

“But then, PAS came together with Umno in Muafakat Nasional. Later it abandoned Muafakat and joined Perikatan Nasional. Isn’t this confusing? Weird but true. Isn’t this a sign of mental illness?” Ibrahim said in his statement.

At odds after PAS joins Bersatu

On Friday, Hadi reportedly accused Umno of being ungrateful following the latter’s reluctance to forge an electoral pact.

The PAS chief branded Umno as “a lame duck”, which was saved by PAS but now wanted to swim on its own after it was healed.

PAS has not abandoned its Muafakat pact with Umno, but the two parties have been at odds especially since PAS chose to join Bersatu in PN.

Frictions between PAS and Umno have been increasingly apparent since the Malacca election last November, which saw both parties on different corners.

Eventually, Umno triumphed and PAS was vanquished.

Following this, there have been renewed efforts by PAS to strike an electoral pact for the upcoming Johor polls but Umno has been lukewarm to the idea.

MKINI

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