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P. Dev Anand Pillai
There were suspicions from the beginning that Umno had its people placed in the right positions to ensure that the results would favour it at the 55th PAS muktamar which chooses the leadership of the party for the next two years.
The conservatives have won favourably though the modern Muslim group within the party known as the ‘Erdogans' have not faired well. The non-Malays will be the most affected by this choice of leadership and direction that Pas has taken. Although there are some in the newly- elected PAS leadership who are saying that this will not see them cooperating with the arch rivals Umno, the writing is very clearly seen on the wall.
Just when we were seeing a viable alternative to BN, the efforts of Anwar Ibrahim to get PAS to work together with the DAP and PKR has all come crumbling down with this choice made by PAS members. The Perak matter will now slowly die off as the pressure will be great on ousted MB Mohd Nizar Jamaluddin to comply with the PAS leadership ie, to not discount working with Umno.
The persons who will have the last laugh will be BN MB Zambry Abdul Kadir and the judges of the superior courts. PAS has failed to show that it can be trusted enough to lead at the national level. The biggest hurdle that PAS overcame was being able to garner the support of the non- Malays.
But after a serious rebuke of female reporters covering the muktamar this time for not covering their heads, it shows that PAS cannot tolerate liberalism and different opinions. The non-Malay women will now be suspicious of PAS and may give their votes to Umno-BN as it is the best devil that we can live with.
PAS has thwarted its own advancement by choosing the conservative line as opposed to being a concerned alternative party which the non-Malays can trust in these times of creeping Islamisation in government bureaucracy.
Issues of the conversion of non-Malays, ‘body-snatching' by the religious police, advancement of women's rights and leadership by women, the non-Malays' rights to education, citizenship and most of all, to be treated equally will now all take a back seat with PAS now suggesting that its doors are upon to Umno for ‘unity government' talks.
The NON-Malays had TRUSTED PAS too soon and too early.
With the exception of its spiritual leader Nik Aziz Nik Mat and his team, PAS seems intent on becoming the next Umno. Progressive leaders in PAS who are well liked by the non-Malays have been rejected by their own members.
This only goes to show that Pas will still alienate the non-Malays and deep down inside, does not believe in cooperation with them. It was heartening to see a non-Malay politician quoting from the Quran and speaking to a large crowd of Malays but that may be a thing of the past now as we creep behind the walls of suspicion towards each other although we have been in this country together for centuries.
PM Najib should take this opportunity to strike at the right time to call for a snap general election. The results will be definitely be in favour of Umno and its race based policies. The non-Malays will perhaps have to trust PKR who is likely to be seen as the last choice in their quest to rid of the race-based mentality that has been the norm all this while.
Even if the DAP co-operates with the PKR, it will still take a lot of convincing before one can believe that they are sincere.
There may be a chance if the multi-racial parties like the Gerakan and the PPP join forces with the PKR-DAP alliance but that thought will not materialise for some time to come as the leaders of these parties seem to be adopting a ‘wait and see approach' and may want to stick with the devil that they can live with.
PAS has disappointed the ‘new Malaysia' who have been waiting to see a change in leadership, the end to race-based policies, equality for the non-Malays, empowerment of women, meritocracy in education and government jobs, equal economic opportunity for all and most of all the right to the freedom of religion.
It is now questionable if PAS is actually for all.
PAS Needs to Balance Its Ambition With Political Reality
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For whatever reason, it is better for PAS leaders to keep their feet on the ground. The party's political resurgence at the 2008 general election was NOT achieved solely through its OWN steam.
The party needs to show some consistency here. Its party president wants to discuss the possibility of a unity government with UMNO.
Those who had voted for the PR coalition and PAS cannot find an acceptable reason for the party to pursue this unity talk.
Has UMNO changed? Has UMNO put all the vices e.g. money politics, power abuse etc. behind it? Has UMNO become less racist and more accommodative? Can this unity talk help to make the government less authoritarian by abolishing all draconian laws?
It is up to Hadi to convince his own members and Malaysian voters of his plan to pursue the unity talk.
(Can) PAS can win national power by alienating the PR? It would be impossible for ANY party which is RACE or RELIGIOUS-based to win national power ON ITS OWN.
Without the BN, it is nearly impossible for UMNO to become so dominant as it is now.
UMNO or PAS CANNOT govern by itself WITHOUT the support of multiracial Malaysians regardless of how insignificant some communities are in numbers. The support of minorities in the first-past-the-post electoral system is very important if voters of major communities are split.
PAS resurgence is a work in progress. It is best for the party to conduct some serious soul searching before taking a shot at national power.
Beneath the beard and turban, can its political ideology, mindset and stand capture the imagination of globalizing Malaysia? Can the party appeal to the middle ground?
It is best for the party to keep check of its own ambition. The lure of power is very strong. The temptation had destroyed many parties and coalition.
PAS should learn from its 1999 victory and 2004 setback.
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Lagi cerita KERAJAAN PERPADUAN - Ahli PAS Tenang, Labis akan keluar parti
Heboh sekarang di Tenang, Labis Johor apabila ramai ahli PAS tidak berpuas hati mengenai Kerajaan Perpaduan.
Ketika duduk di kedai kopi dan Markas Tarbiyyah PAS, ahli PAS berbincang serta akan keluar parti beramai-ramai sekiranya kerajaan perpaduan akan dilaksanakan
Mereka kata, buat apa bersama PAS sekiranya mereka terus bersama musuh.
Ramai juga mengatakan yang TGHA akan diberi jawatan TPM 2 sekiranya ianya dilaksanakan. Persoalannya apakah kerana pangkat maka TGHA sanggup bersekongkol dengan Parti UMNO yang jelas tidak mahu Islam dalam pemerintahannya?
Cawangan PAS Tenang, Labis hanya menunggu masa untuk dibubarkan dan khabar yang terdengar, mereka akan menyertai Parti Keadilan Rakyat.
Asalkan mereka terus bersama Pakatan Rakyat namun untuk terus bersama UMNO, tidak sama sekali.
Mungkinkah keadaan ini akan terus merebak ke cawangan PAS yang lain atau mungkinkan banyak lagi cawangan PAS akan dibubarkan? Adakah ini yang TGHA mahukan?
Ikutlah, dan dengarlah kata hati ahli akar umbi. Jangan nanti hingga ratusan ribu ahli keluar parti. Masa tu menyesal kemudian tidak berguna.
PENGUNDI CINA DAN INDIA IKRAR TIDAK AKAN UNDI PAS LAGI.....PKR AKAN TANDING SEMUA KAWASAN DUN DAN PARLIMEN.
Ketika sedang berborak dengan rakan-rakan seperjuangan (cina dan india), mereka mengatakan bahawa selama ini PAS mempermainkan mereka. Undi mereka bagi pada PAS adalah kerana PAS mengatakan yang ia akan berlaku adil kepada semua kaum dan menolah rasuah.
Namun dengan perkembangan terbaru bila ustaz Hadi mengatakan kerajaan perpaduannya bersama UMNO, Maka menurut mereka selama ini PAS menipu mereka hanya untuk mendapatkan undi kaum Cina.
Ternyata PAS akan bersekongkol dengan UMNO yang nyata mengamalkan rasuah dan kronilism.
"Kami tarak mau undi PAS lagi", itulah kata yang terkeluar dari masyarakat Cina dan India ketika kami berborak mengenai politik.
Tidakkah PAS sedar yang mereka akan diperkudakan UMNO sekiranya ini menjadi kenyataan?
Amat menghairankan bila Khairy Jamaluddin bersungguh2 mahu kerajaan perpaduan ini diteruskan.
Ada udang sebalik batu rasanya bila kenyataan dari pemimpin UMNO ini yang dulu mengutuk tapi sekarang memuji pemimpin Pas bila kerajaan perpaduan ini di utarakan.