PAS CONFUSED OR NOT, DAP HAS TO MAKE A STAND BEFORE ELECTION
PAS is confused or PAS is trying to exert its presence in the opposition alliance – either way the party has created a real rift in the political co-operation – a rift that may end up with a real split.
DAP’s Karpal Singh has come out bluntly saying that Hudud should not be extended to non-Muslims and what Kelantan PAS has done has infringe the rights of non-Muslims.
Karpal is right in this sense and he is also right if legal action be taken against PAS for encompassing Hudud laws to non-Muslims like in the case currently where non-Muslims hairdressers have to moved out of the state to earn a decent living.
For PAS, confused or on purpose (for reasons only Nik Aziz Nik Mat knows), the implementation of Hudud is for all and the party does not seem to care about the implications, particularly the effect on the coming general election.
Already the verbal spat between Karpal, who is known to be voicing out the opinions of Lim Kit Siang and Lim Guan Eng on the same subject the past few months threatened to split the alliance but of course, DAP cannot afford such things to happen.
PAS, despite its fundamentalism, is still a political force to be reckoned with, and DAP knows that. PKR is a weak link in the alliance as the party has no ideology nor philosophy except to champion for Anwar Ibrahim to be the Prime Minister.
DAP is also all out for Anwar to be Prime Minister because the party can manipulate him for their own goals and as for Hudud, Anwar to DAP is just not one that is a fundamentalist.
In fact, it is clear that Anwar propagates liberalism and pluralism which is what DAP wants – freedom for all including Muslims which faith has been protected by laws and stipulated in the Constitution.
Now with PAS insisting on Hudud and theology state and the real example is Kelantan now where non-Muslims find it hard to earn a decent living, DAP may find its goal flying out of the window to ‘unseat’ Barisan Nasional at federal level.
With PAS adamant to implement its fundamentalism approach, DAP is a fixed – if it split, it loses the Malay support and if not split, it is going to bear the brunt of non-Muslims, mainly Chinese who look upon the party as the ‘saviour’ from the purported ‘discrimination’ of BN policies.
But given the present situation, it is better that DAP split fast and go on its own or with PKR – PAS can be considered as too much a burden because the party has to explain a lot to their supporters about PAS actions.
Might as well split up with PAS because PAS will not change…its policies are set, its goals are clear and its actions all along reflect its consistency.
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