I am not a member of any political parties but a keen observer on the on-goings in political arena. I have limited knowledge about politics as well as do not have much trust on almost all politicians, especially if there are from UMNO and its allies.
In my previous entry, I did say that I was confused and disillusioned about UMNO-PAS muzakarah.
Well, it is not only me but some PAS leaders as well are upset. Some greedy or too-ambitious leaders have their own agendas and again as political animals, they will go for their own desires (like being offered deputy PM or ministers) rather than think for those who had voted them as their MPs at the first place.
PAS leaders, ulamaks or not, are not maksum. They make mistakes, have their weaknesses and vulnerabilities, and some of the predecessors had misjudged on UMNO's previous pact offers, based on ketuanan or unity. UMNO leaders's real motive is only for their own survival and PAS leaders will be again conned by the beautiful word of ketuanan or unity.
There are bigger agendas for a better Malaysia, one important step is to get rid of UMNOputeras who have sodomized the country under the ketuanan Melayu!
Muzakarahs or now muqabalahs with pre-set mind on getting ministerial posts are for disasters. If PAS really going for a pact with UMNO, then the real winner will be the UMNOputeras who will have more time and avenues to rape/sodomize our country dulu, kini dan selamanya.
Read these two reports from Malaysiakini.
Saari: Some PAS leaders keen on pact with Umno
Syed Jaymal Zahiid Jul 28, 08 5:52pm
There are some PAS leaders who are seriously considering the possibility of a political alliance between the Islamic opposition party and its arch rival Umno.
This revelation comes from PAS Selangor information chief Saari Sungib amid denials from the party’s top leadership that no such cooperation will take place.
Speaking to malaysiakini today, Saari said PAS deputy president Nasaruddin Mat Isa and the party’s commissioner for Terengganu Mustapha Ali are solidly behind the idea.
"They believe that if PAS leaders can hold some key ministerial posts in the Umno-led federal government, it will be possible to initiate changes from within," he added.
This could deliver another blow to Pakatan Rakyat whose intra-party ties have been strained since the secret PAS-Umno talks were exposed by former Selangor menteri besar Dr Khir Mohd Toyo and Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
Pakatan Rakyat is the opposition alliance comprising PKR, PAS and DAP. It's stalwart Anwar Ibrahim has also publicly stated that they could make up the numbers with the help of defectors from Barisan Nasional to take over the government.
Last week, Abdullah and Khir confirmed that Umno secretly made an offer to PAS to jointly rule Selangor just a few days after the March 8 polls. The post of MB was offered to Selangor PAS chief Hasan Ali.
However, PAS had rejected the proposal as they had already backed PKR treasurer general Khalid Ibrahim for the post.
Meanwhile, Saari said that it was Nasaruddin who instructed Hasan to meet with the Umno leaders.
"The meeting between them was given the green light by the central party leadership. It was Nasaruddin who instructed Hasan to meet with Umno leaders," he added.
PAS grassroots see red
Saari also pointed out that the PAS grassroots were unhappy with the current meeting between the party and its political adversary.
"Anwar (Ibrahim) had tried to do the same thing (initiate changes) when he joined Umno but he failed. PAS also did the same thing when it joined Barisan Nasional in the past and failed to initiate any changes.
"A lot of people are already injured by this meeting proposal and the grassroots are saying enough is enough," he added.
Saari said a battle of political strategies is taking place, with Umno "trying to sever the Pakatan bond" while PAS is trying to "infiltrate Umno and make changes from within."
In view of this, the PAS leader said he has urged PAS Selangor to hold an emergency meeting to discuss the issue.
"I have urged PAS Selangor deputy commissioner and central committee member Abdul Khalid Samad to hold an emergency meeting so that we can direct our input into solving this matter," he added.
Will DAP back PAS?
As for the relationship between Pakatan parties, Saari claimed that the alliance is not perturbed by the current development despite what is being reported in the mainstream media.
"I spoke to (DAP leader and Selangor exco) Ronnie (Liu) and he told me that the alliance will not be torn apart by the PAS-Umno meetings and he understood why (they took place) and is willing to defend PAS on this issue," he said.
DAP national chairperson Karpal Singh, however, has openly questioned PAS’ loyalty to Pakatan.
Calling it an "act of bad faith", Karpal said DAP and PKR were not informed about the top-level talks.
"The assurance by PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang to Pakatan Rakyat partners that PAS will not abandon the alliance to join BN is not bona fide and not supported by past events," he was quoted as saying by the New Straits Times.
Mahfuz: Sorry for the lie over PAS-Umno meetings
Syed Jaymal Zahiid Jul 28, 08 6:59pm
PAS information chief Mahfuz Omar today apologised for not telling the truth about the party's meeting with Umno and claimed he received directives from certain top leaders to do so.
Mahfuz, in his capacity as the party's information chief, had in the past officially denied that PAS had met with Umno to discuss the possibility of jointly ruling Selangor.
However, subsequently Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi revealed that there had been three meetings between the parties, beginning right after the March 8 general election. PAS leaders since then had confirmed the meetings.
"I write this open letter to sincerely apologise to all PAS members and supporters denying that the party had met with Umno. Again I apologise for my misdemeanour," said Mahfuz in a two-page statement issued today.
He stressed that the denial was not made on his personal capacity but was done in his capacity as the party's information chief and based on the instruction given to him by the party leadership.
He added that the blame must not be placed on the shoulders of the party leadership as a whole but on a "few individuals that failed to give the real picture to party leaders".
"Their decision to keep certain issues pertaining to the PAS-Umno meeting in the dark had prompted the party leaders to take the position of perceiving that no meetings between the both parties had taken place," he said.
"Because of these individuals, who had in the name of PAS and without the knowledge of the party central working committee, did not provide detailed information on the matter, the party leadership had instructed me to issue the denial," he added.
Refusing to name anyone
Mahfuz, also the Pokok Sena MP, wants the "few individuals" to come forward and explain to party members and supporters the details of what had transpired in the meetings.
"They must claim responsibility because this had happened due to their indiscretion. I myself was surprised when they (Umno leaders) and PAS president (Hadi Awang) had confirmed that meetings did take place, which was contrary to what I had stated initially," said Mahfuz further.
When contacted, Mahfuz refused to name the responsible persons, saying that it was enough that an open apology has been issued and that the matter will one day "unravel itself".
Immediately after his denial of the meetings, Mahfuz had then received numerous criticism from PAS members, supporters and fellow Pakatan Rakyat members.
"I realised that history will not repeat itself but humans do make mistakes. I urge other PAS leaders to be honest to our members and supporters and to also focus on strengthening our political ties with our fellow Pakatan members," he said.
Mahfuz said he was also ready to face any criticism or punishment by party members following his "accidental mistake".