Well, those are the words from some PAS people and the Rakyat…
on the issue of Unity Government…
|PAS owes explanation over unity talks|
|Athi Veeranggan | Jun 8, 09 12:03pm Malaysiakini.com|
PAS leaders owe a thorough explanation to Pakatan Rakyat top leadership on the party’s unity talks with Umno, DAP leader Lim Guan Eng said today.
As a coalition partner, the DAP secretary-general pointed out that PAS should not keep its allies, the DAP and PKR, in the dark over its ambitious plan to form a unity government in collaboration with Umno.
Lim said the PAS leadership had never explained to the Pakatan leadership over its alleged unity talks held last year with Umno.
He refuted claims by PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang that Pakatan leaders were receptive to the unity talks when PAS explained it to them.
“Pakatan leadership never discussed the unity talks, neither did PAS inform us about it.
“We are unaware of the goings-on,” he told journalists after witnessing the swearing-in of new Penang Island Municipal Council president Tan Cheng Chui.
“As a religious man, one will not be answerable only to DAP, but also God,” he said.
The issue of unity talks dominated PAS’ annual congress over the weekend with many leaders and delegates slamming the party leadership’s initiatives to hold talks with arch rivals Umno to form an ambitious unity government at the federal level.
Even the much-revered PAS spiritual leader Nik Aziz Nik Mat and ousted Perak menteri besar Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin openly opposed such an idea, which if materialised, could weaken the Pakatan coalition.
The unity talk was the main reason for Kelantan PAS strongman Husam Musa to challenge Nasharuddin Mat Isa for the deputy president’s post. However he was defeated by the incumbent.
“There were too many unity talks with Umno much to my disliking.
“PAS should replace Umno, not complement it,” Husam had told journalists a week before the contest.
To be raised at next Pakatan meeting
The unity talks left Pakatan in lurch and the alliance is now seeking answers from PAS leadership.
Sources close to Anwar Ibrahim said that the PKR supremo feared a Pakatan break-up due to Nasharuddin’s overzealous attempt to grab federal powers via collaboration with Umno.
The sources claimed that the unity talks began the very next day after Pakatan scored unprecedented electoral gains in last year’s general election on March 8.
“The people wanted to change the country’s political landscape away from Umno’s dominance and hegemony.
“But Nasharuddin was playing right into Umno’s game,” added the sources.
Lim pointed out that even PAS was internally divided over the issue and many were unhappy with the party’s collaboration with Umno.
He hinted that the Pakatan top leadership would hold a meeting during next week’s parliamentary sitting, in which PAS would be quizzed over its ambitious unity talks with Umno.
Wan Azizah: Important for them to explain
Meanwhile PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said that it was important for PAS leaders to explain on their idea of unity talks with Umno.
However she added that PKR will not deter PAS from holding such talks.
“Neither will we question their intentions to discuss with any parties on matter of national interest,” she said in a statement today.
She also stressed that PKR was committed to ensure that Pakatan always remained in a strong and united position.
“We hope that our partners PAS and DAP will also have the same commitment,” she said.
|Khairy: Time to revive Umno-PAS talks|
|Jun 8, 09 3:55pm Malaysiakini.com|
|While others around him dither, Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin is keen to see progress in talks between Umno and PAS even if a unity government does not materialise.
“Umno is not too concerned about forming a unity government. Instead, it wants to establish a common understanding with PAS,” he wrote in his blog today.
He urged the two parties to set aside their differences and work towards finding a common ground in tackling national issues.
“Hopefully, a common understanding towards these issues would demonstrate moderation and progressiveness. If this leads to something more concrete, we hope that both sides will discuss again in future,” he explained.
A roundtable discussion would not only strengthen Malay unity but will also be beneficial to society at large, he said.
“It would be a reflection of maturity and far-sightedness,” he added.
The PAS elections, concluded last Friday, saw the pro-ulama faction – which is inclined to hold talks with Umno – gaining a stronger foothold in the higher echelon of the Islamic party.
Party president Abdul Hadi Awang and newly-elected deputy president Nasharudin Mat Isa made it clear the Umno-PAS talks will resume in time to come.
However, the proposal was firmly rejected by PAS spiritual leader Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat, who is aligned to the liberal ‘Erdogan faction’, which wants to strengthen the party’s ties with Pakatan Rakyat.
The Umno-PAS talks were initiated to discuss matters related to Islam and Malay unity after the general election in March last year.
PAS had previously complained that Islam and Malay privileges have been de-emphasised by Pakatan, which is allegedly been dancing to the tune of other partners PKR and DAP.
Former Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi had confirmed meeting PAS leaders on three occasions to discuss the possibility of a merger. He had declined to name whom he had met, except to say that Nik Aziz was not part of the talks.