Stop denial, DAP tells PAS

Stop denial, DAP tells PAS
Democratic Action Party (DAP) state leader Teresa Kok.
PHOTO: The Star/ANN

PETALING JAYA - Stop with the shadow playing. Pakatan Rakyat is dead, said DAP leaders after mixed signals from former partners PAS.

Klang MP Charles Santiago said the Islamist party had made its bed when it severed ties with DAP at its recent congress and should lie in it.

Santiago described remarks by PAS election director Mustafa Ali that Pakatan had only "fainted" and was not dead as merely a silat or wayang kulit performance.

He claimed PAS went into damage control mode because not all party members supported the motion to cut ties with DAP, which was among the factors leading to the break-up of the formal Pakatan coalition.

Santiago said PAS created the mess by breaking ranks with Pakatan, including when they worked with Umno to push through their Kelantan hudud enactment.

He said PAS could not deny that there were those within their ranks who preferred a tie-up with Umno.

Mustafa Ali said on Thursday that PAS would stay with PKR to keep Pakatan alive, adding that the coalition was just facing a hiccup following the DAP's decision to step out.

DAP Seputeh MP Teresa Kok said Mustafa's remarks were laughable and that PAS was in denial.

Kok said the PAS Muktamar was the highest decision-making body, and the clear-cut motion was meant to sever ties with DAP immediately.

"Mustafa and many PAS leaders are political veterans and there is no way that they did not understand the meaning and effect of the clear-cut motion," she said.

A Selangor PKR lawmaker, who declined to be identified, said the end of Pakatan was not unexpected because the situation between DAP and PAS had become untenable.

But he expected progressive members in PAS to break away and form a new party after Ramadan.

"I expect a realignment among opposition parties and for a new Pakatan to emerge," he said.

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