THINGS are a little confusing when it comes to the Democratic Action Party’s (DAP) stance politically.
State chief Chong Chieng Jen has declared that the party will not work with Parti Islam Sarawak (PAS) in the State election.
Uh-huh. Reason being that PAS is an Islamist party etc. They didn’t seem to have any qualms working with PAS during the last State election under the banner of Pakatan Rakyat (PR) or the marriage of inconvenience, which failed miserably.
After PAS failed to gain any State seats, and even lost deposits, DAP realised why bother with the power-sharing farce. If DAP Sarawak could, it would get rid of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) too.
At federal level, there’s a new opposition coalition known as Pakatan Harapan.
Under this union is the PAS offshoot known as Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah).
If you don’t believe it is just PAS under another guise, then please know that its president is Mat Sabu – former PAS deputy president.
So Chong said DAP won’t work with PAS but PAS under new branding as Amanah is okay?
Anything for power eh? Pakatan Harapan is just another marriage of inconvenience just like PR was. Let’s know find out what they are willing to do if ever given the power to govern.
The report from The Malay Mail:
Sarawak DAP says no to working with PAS in state polls
By Kamles Kumar
KUALA LUMPUR, April 14 — Working together with PAS to take on the mighty Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition in the upcoming Sarawak election is not on the DAP’s cards at all, its state chief Chong Chieng Jen said.
The state opposition leader added that his party is not interested and will not even consider cooperating with the Islamist party to avoid potential three-cornered fights that may weaken its momentum against the ruling BN.
“We will not work with PAS. We are firmly with Pakatan Harapan. PAS is not in the equation at all and we don’t want to bring them into the picture,” he told Malay Mail Online when contacted this week.
Chong also said Pakatan Harapan and DAP are not worried that PAS will contest in its seats and will go ahead to field their candidates wherever they wanted.
“Whether PAS contests or not [in those seats], it would be irrelevant to us. We will contest whatever seats that we need to contest,” he said.
The Kota Sentosa assemblyman and Bandar Kuching MP said the DAP will announced its candidates for the state election sometime this week.
Opposition Leader and PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail previously said Pakatan Harapan has decided against overlapping with each other in their bid for Sarawak but will run against both BN and PAS.
She did not comment further on PAS except to say the Islamist party was not discussed in Pakatan Harapan’s most recent meeting Monday.
She added that further details on the workings would be announced at a later date.
However, Pakatan Harapan secretary-general Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah has said the three-party alliance is open to collaborating with anyone to take on the BN in Sarawak.