I HAD not wanted to say anything on Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s TIME magazine interview that he does not rule out PAS joining the unity government if policy conditions are accepted.
But a letter writer in Malaysiakini stated that this was not a new proposal as I had done so in May, insinuating that I had “fallen into the realms of hypocrisy and desperation, sacrificing principles for surface-level stability”.
This was not so.
I said in my statement of May 29 that I personally support the idea of PAS being part of the Anwar unity government although I had not discussed it with DAP secretary-general Anthony Loke Siew Fook or any other DAP leaders.
B PAS must firstly demonstrate a change of attitude to show that it supports the Yang di Pertuan Agong’s (YDPA) call for political stability and national unity in Malaysia.
For a start, I asked, was PAS president Tan Sri Hadi Awang prepared to retract and apologise for the numerous wild and preposterous allegations he had made against the DAP and me?
Secondly, would PAS MPs show that they would stop playing up race and religious issues and be model MPs who support political stability and national unity?
Thirdly would PAS support the objective to make Malaysia the role model for the world for inter-ethnic, inter-religious, inter-cultural and inter-civilisation dialogue, understanding, tolerance and harmony?
The results of the six state state elections, the two by-elections of Pulai and Simpang Jeram in Johor and the recent Pelangai by-election in Pahang have stabilised the political situation in Malaysia for the next four years, hence giving hope that Malaysia can rise up again to be a great world-class nation. – Oct 15, 2023
Veteran lawmaker and retired DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang was Malaysia’s longest-serving opposition leader (29 years on three separate occasions).
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