KUALA LUMPUR: The ongoing tussle between Pas and PKR continued today when the Islamist party’s secretary-general Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan opened fire on his counterpart, Datuk Saifuddin Nasution Ismail.
This was in relation to Saifuddin’s remark on Pas’ alleged U-turn on its support for Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Barisan Nasional.
In a statement today, Takiyuddin slammed Saifuddin and told the PKR leader that Pakatan Harapan’s victory in the 14th General Election would not have happened if it wasn’t because of Pas.
“I’d like to ask (Saifuddin) to either stop pretending or take note that Pas didn’t support the (former premier Datuk Seri) Najib Razak-led BN before or during GE14 but Pas did try to work with Dr Mahathir before GE14.
“The fact that Pas didn’t cooperate or compromise with BN during GE14 was evident when Pas contested at more than 150 seats on its own to the point it created three-cornered fights between PH, BN and Pas.
“Actually, this was how PH managed to take over Putrajaya after winning GE14, which is an impossible task if Pas had supported or cooperated with BN,” Takiyuddin said.
Yesterday, Berita Harian Online quoted Saifuddin as saying that Takiyuddin had previously supported Najib’s kleptocratic government and only changed his support towards Dr Mahathir when the Pekan Member of Parliament was toppled.
This was in response to Takiyuddin who recently described Saifuddin as being disrespectful to Dr Mahathir for his statements against the very person who appointed him as the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister.
Takiyuddin also said that Pas has the right to voice its support for whomever it chooses as the Islamist party has 18 MPs and the party would continue to oppose any individual’s dream of becoming the next prime minister before the current Dewan Rakyat term ends.
Although Takiyuddin mentioned no names, it is believed he was referring to PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
Prior to GE14, the Pakatan Harapan presidential council concluded that Dr Mahathir would become the prime minister if the pact wins and Anwar would be his successor after a certain period of time.
However, no dates have been fixed yet on when the transfer of power would occur.
Further in the statement, Takiyuddin said Pas would continue to support Dr Mahathir to stay as prime minister until the term ends due to his ability to uphold the positions of Islam and the Malays in the country.
“The only reason Pas didn’t cooperate (with Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia before GE14) was because of Pas’ condition was not met, that the cooperation cannot involve DAP, which was something Bersatu couldn’t fulfil,” Takiyuddin added.