Pakatan's credentials to take over Putrajaya questionedDecember 7, 2017 @ 3:07PM
By ADIE SURI ZULKEFLI Ahmad Fairuz Othman
KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Najib Razak today questioned Pakatan Harapan's credentials to take over Putrajaya.
This, as the pact is still struggling to resolve its leadership issue which led to it having four "captains" at the helm.
The Umno president took a dig at the Opposition pact by stating that there is no other party (pact) in the world that has four leaders at the same time.
"There is no other (political) party like Pakatan Harapan where four captains are navigating the ship. They have a de facto leader, a chairman, a president and now, an adviser.
"If they could not even resolve internal matters in the party, just imagine how on earth can they take over the country’s leadership," Najib said in his policy address at the Umno general assembly 2017, here today.
The prime minister said this was the reason why Pas once described that there are 'penyangak' (thugs) in the pact which the party had since abandoned.
As a former ally in the now-defunct Pakatan Rakyat, Najib said Pas finally realised the matter when it decided to walk out from the pact.
"Even Pas president (Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang) once said there were leaders who behaved like thugs in Pakatan Rakyat. It was not us who said this.. Pas should know better now, who are the thugs and who are the genuine leaders," he asked.
The former Pakatan Rakyat pact , comprising Pas, DAP and PKR collapsed two years ago after the Islamic party decided to ditch them following a series of fall outs with DAP.
Meanwhile, in his speech Najib briefly clarified that Umno's relationship is in the interest of Muslims and not to the extent of forming an electoral pact.
Najib said Umno had no problem working with Pas on matters concerning the Muslim community despite the two biggest Malay political parties having different political stands.
"Our stand is clear.. our cooperation with them is in the interest of the Muslim community, despite our differing political views," he said.