Opposition parties courting PAS for an electoral alliance faced a hurdle on Islamic grounds today when PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang said he would only work with parties which upheld Islam.
Maintaining his rejection of cooperation with DAP and its allies, Abdul Hadi said any party seeking PAS’ cooperation must change to uphold Islam.
According to a Sinar Harian report, he said that only Islam could correct people and that it was clear that DAP opposed the push for Islamic policies and that some other parties had followed suit. He did not name these parties.
The DAP fell out with PAS last year, causing the breakup of the Pakatan Rakyat alliance, over Hadi’s moves to allow shariah courts to impose Islamic criminal penalties, or hudud.
A new opposition alliance, Pakatan Harapan, was formed by DAP, PKR and Amanah, the splinter party of PAS liberals.
Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia, a new party headed by former Umno deputy president Muhyiddin Yassin, has sought to bring PAS into a new opposition electoral alliance for a united front against the Barisan Nasional.
Muhyiddin had voiced hope yesterday that his party, PAS and Pakatan Harapan could cooperate to ensure one-to-one fights against the Barisan Nasional at the next general election.
However, Hadi said in the Sinar Harian interview that any party which followed the DAP was no different from the DAP. “There are parties which are still silent, as though they have no stand” said Hadi.
He did not name these parties. However, PKR and Amanah have not publicly stated their stand on the private member’s bill that Hadi tabled at the Dewan Rakyat to enhance the powers of the shariah courts.
He said the stand of those parties would be a sign of how Muslims would behave. PAS members must look at these parties and see how far they can work with PAS to uphold Islam, he said.
PAS has kept its distance from Pakatan Harapan and stressed that it would not work with DAP. However, the Islamic party maintains good relations with PKR. Despite its opposition to the DAP, the party is a partner with the DAP in the PKR-led Selangor state government.
Hadi said PAS supporters must know that there were people who wanted to use PAS as a stepping stone rather than a ladder for change.
Yesterday, Muhyiddin had said cooperation between PPBM, PAS and Pakatan Harapan could be through an opposition alliance, cooperation between the three entities, or an electoral pact.