KEPALA BATAS, June 28 (Bernama) — DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng was hasty when declaring that the Pakatan Rakyat or Opposition Pact no longer existed although PAS had yet to pass a resolution on the emergency motion by the Ulama Council that wanted the party to sever ties with the DAP, said a PAS leader.
PAS national information chief Nasrudin Hassan Tantawi said this was because Lim had not referred to the leadership of the component parties of the opposition pact in tackling the matter.
He said the Syura Council would hold a special meeting on the issue and several current developments in the party soon after PAS Spiritual Leader Datuk Harun Din returns from performing the umrah.
“What happened was that the DAP had decided to sever ties with the Pakatan Rakyat and PAS. So, this is something interesting because the motion of the PAS national Ulama Council was implemented by the DAP whereas we had yet to make any decision and resolution on the matter,” he told reporters after a PAS central leadership premier ceramah at the State PAS Educational Centre, Pongsu Seribu, here Saturday night.
Also present were PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang, PAS deputy president Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man and PAS vice-president Idris Ahmad and the Penang PAS leadership.
Nasrudin said that to date PAS had forged cordial relations with the other component parties in the Pakatan Rakyat except that the DAP had made a stand to sever ties with PAS and the Pakatan Rakyat.
Asked whether the move by Lim wanted to raise sentiments to confuse the people, Nasrudin said what transpired was a provocation that had been attempted to be created even from before.
“What they (DAP) want to do, how they want to voice them and the attitude that they want to adopt is up to them. But, the PAS stand until today is that we are still with the Pakatan Rakyat,” he said.
Meanwhile, he directed all levels of the state PAS leadership appointed to several positions in the Penang state government to continue to discharge their responsibility to the people as usual.
Commenting on the proposal to set up a new political party, Persatuan Ummah Sejahtera Malaysia (Pasma) and the G18 group, Nasrudin likened it to a temporary phenomenon besides the ‘fever’ after the PAS general assembly.
Asked on the allegation that PAS was forging close ties with Pasma and the G18 group which were described as pro-DAP compared to the pro-PAS ulama, Nasrudin said it was the right of the DAP to do so.