MARANG: Pas will support the formation of Pakatan Nasional to return the political domination of the Malays and to uphold the sanctity of Islam, its president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang said today.
“Muafakat Nasional is the first step to strengthen the political position of the Malays and Islam which should dominate the (political) scenario in a Malay majority nation where in the present environment Pakatan Harapan is not only disorganised but is fragile and inconsistent.
“They (PH) were already fragile when it failed to fulfil the promises made to the rakyat with each of its component professing its own manifesto, which were extreme and the way they govern the country is not dissimilar compared with the previous government.
“There is no change but it is more akin to ‘tikus membaiki labu’ (an idiom used to explain when a person trying to fix something that he does not have any knowledge or know a thing about, resulting in more damage),” he said after his weekly usrah at the Rusila mosque.
Hadi said although the Prime Minister (Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad) was trying hard to win support from the Malays, the support was not strong.
“He (PM through PBBM) may have his agenda but because of the weaknesses it’s the people who suffered. We need to make the change democratically and one of the ways is to move a motion for a ‘no confidence’ vote.
“But we cannot rush into this (‘no confidence’ vote). Pakatan Nasional or Muafakat Nasional is necessary and it does not matter what name you use because what’s more important is consensus,” he added.
Hadi said Pas had been consistent in its support for the Malay and Islam agenda as reflected by its presence in the Kongress Maruah Melayu, which turned out to be a platform to wake up the Malays from their slumber and to acknowledge their weaknesses.
“Pas took the middle path in the Muafakat Nasional initiative because we want to restore the Malay dignity while at the same time work with non-Muslims in MCA and MIC and other race-based party which are not against Islam like DAP.
“Whether in Muafakat Nasional or Pakatan Nasional, we note that Umno has put Islam in the forefront and had been flexible. The impact of these initiatives may take time because we need to look into our weaknesses as well but what is important is we restore Islamic leadership.
“In this respect, Pas supports the Pakatan Nasional initiative,” he added.