Thursday, June 11, 2009

Karpal wants PAS to reassess its position in Pakatan

DAP National Chairman Karpal Singh has asked PAS to reassess its position in the Opposition Pact following its intention to initiate unity talks with Umno.

Indicating the party has limits to its patience, Karpal Singh said, PAS should not push its agenda which adversely affected the pact.

“PAS embarking upon unity talks with Umno is a serious disservice to the sincerity expected of PAS as a component of the Opposition Pact,” he said in a statement yesterday.

Karpal Singh said PAS should realise that it was not the dominant party in the pact as it had only 24 seats in Parliament compared to the 28 held by the DAP and 31 by Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR).

He said, PAS should not outreach itself by making statements, particularly through its president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang to initiate unity talks with Umno.

Karpal Singh also refuted Hadi’s statement that the DAP had agreed to unity talks with Umno as the latter had publicly stated.

“Hadi has chosen to mislead not only PAS members and leaders, but also the rakyat. Publicly committing deception on the people does not gain Hadi any brownie points,” he said.

On the open attack by PAS on Sisters-In-Islam (SIS), Karpal said, the action did not endear it to those who supported it in the March general election, neither did PAS’ insistence that female journalists covering its 55th Muktamar recently to be ‘properly’ dressed.

However the insistence by PAS leaders that Malaysia would be turned into an Islamic state if it came to power, was a flagrant and outrageous affront to the Federal Constitution which specifically proclaims Malaysia to be a secular state, with Islam as the official religion, said Karpal Singh.


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