|Anwar: DPM admits Umno had wronged PAS|
|Andrew Ong | Jun 20, 09 7:47pm Malaysiakini.com|
|It may have been a passing remark by Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, but Parliamentary opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim believes the former had let slip important facts about PAS-Umno history.
Yesterday, Muhyiddin told reporters that PAS should let bygones be bygones and forget about the tumultuous years the party had spent in Barisan Nasional back in the 1970s.
PAS sojourn in BN between 1973 and 1977 is a major sore point for party faithful who blame Umno for causing a split in PAS, resulting in the 1977 Kelantan riots and subsequent Emergency rule of the state by the federal government.
A weakened PAS was unable to recapture the state until 1990. It has not lost control of the state legislative assembly since.
“As Muslims we are encouraged to forgive. That was in the past,” Muhyiddin said of the incident yesterday, reported Bernama.
At a press conference after speaking at a PKR function in Shah Alam today, Anwar said Muhyiddin had inadvertedly admitted that Umno had been “cruel and repressive” during the episode in the 1970s.
“They asked for forgiveness, and then, they repeat the same thing (power grab) in Perak. Next year, they will ask for forgiveness for what happened in Perak,” he told reporters after delivering a speech at the PKR function in Shah Alam today.
He said that though he does not doubt Muhyiddin’s sincerity, he said any calls for forgiveness should be backed by actions, such as not abusing the courts, police and Attorney-General Chambers against dissidents.
“I’m sure PAS is (a) forgiving party. But you can’t continue to perpetuate crimes and injustices,” added Anwar.
Muhyiddin’s comments yesterday was said in hopes of getting PAS to expedite a much hyped meeting to explore avenues to form a unity government.
Critics, however, claim that the unity government proposal was a means of drawing attention from other pressing issues faced by the government.
Meanwhile, Anwar concurred with calls by former PAS vice-president Husam Musa (pic) for Umno to stay away from the Manek Urai polls.
“They (Umno) said by-elections are a waste of time and that Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak wants to focus on the economy. The economy is worse now than it was during Penanti,” said Anwar sarcastically.
Umno gave the Penanti by-election the skip last month, claiming that the by-election was forced by PKR.
The Penanti seat was vacated by PKR’s Mohd Fairuz Khairuddin who resigned following accusations that he was involved in graft.
The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission has cleared him of the allegation and he is currently pursuing further studies.