Tok Guru Nik Aziz: Unity talks with UMNO ridiculous

Nik Aziz: Unity talks with UMNO ridiculous
S Pathmawathy & P Tarani

June 6, 2009

nik aziz n hadi awangPAS president Abdul Hadi Awang and the party’s spiritual leader Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat are heading in opposite directions on the issue of forming a unity government with PAS arch-rival UMNO.

While Abdul Hadi had been a proponent of such talks with their arch rivals, the veteran Nik Aziz was adamant that the Islamic party should not even be thinking about the idea.

“The call to have a unity government with UMNO is ridiculous,” he told a ceramah tonight. The ceramah, held as the Melawati Stadium in Shah Alam at night, was part of the party’s muktamar. Some 4,000 people were there to hear their Tok Guru talk.

Nik Aziz, who is the Kelantan menteri besar, said that it was pointless to even discuss forming a unity government with UMNO, whom he labelled as a party which practiced gangsterism politics.

“PAS should not have any discussion with UMNO, and UMNO should not have any with PAS .Our goal is to spread Islam and not to contest to see who leads and who follows,” he said.

Nik Aziz, however, did not rule out having discussions with UMNO on other matters.

“We will not talk to them on forming a government but discussions on other matters are okay,” he said.

He also lashed out at some of the debaters at the muktamar session today for wasting time in “teaching Islam to those in PAS who are well versed in it”.

Hadi: Pakatan will agree

Nik Aziz’s stand on the unity talks with UMNO is not new. He has been a strigent opponent to such talks. He had previously said that he did not trust UMNO after the failed experience of cooperation in 1970s when PAS was briefly part of Barisan Nasional.

Yesterday, party president Abdul Hadi spoke of the need to continue to venture the possibilities of a unity government with UMNO in his policy speech.

And at a press conference later, he had said both PKR and DAP have “reacted positively” to his suggestion in forming a unity government. Abdul Hadi also said that PAS will continue to encourage dialogues with all parties.

“(It is) not just members of Pakatan Rakyat who support us fully but also members of UMNO, who want our cooperation to work together in solving the problems confronting the country,” he insisted.

His remarks were however quickly disputed by PKR and DAP leaders, who said that the matter was never discussed at Pakatan level. And today Abdul Hadi revisited the topic again by suggesting that Pakatan would eventually come around to agreeing to the unity talks.

“What cannot be done today doesn’t mean it cannot be done in the future,” he said when asked at the sidelines of the muktamar. He also added that the Pakatan leaders had not received correct information on the matter.

According to him, the formation of any unity government must be endorsed by Pakatan, but he does not rule out the possibility of that happening.

3 thoughts on “Tok Guru Nik Aziz: Unity talks with UMNO ridiculous

  1. This is what I’m afraid of… TGHA said one thing and TGNA said the exact opposite and did I detect a spinning attempt albeit a very poor one at that by TGHA? The PR leaders disputed his statement that the talks was discussed with other PR leaders! Then TGHA reiterated that sometime in the future the other PR leaders might come around and support the talk! The point here is ” sometime in the future”! Then why in blazes did this PAS group initiated the talk now? Can’t they wait when PR have the ultimate upper hand ( won majority of the parliament seats in the next GE?). Someone who negotiate with power will dictate the term and that is a simple logic any layman rakyat or novice negotiator knows. Then why is a seasoned politician and ” skilled” strategist hastily wanted to negotiated with UMNO? Worried that UMNO will be weakened further? Unhappy that PKR and DAP are becoming accepted by the rakyat? As a member of PR, these thinking should not exist in the mind of PAS leadership ( notwithstanding a small number of leaders) because it reflect the divide within PAS or worse that some of PAS leadership subscribe to UMNo’s “Ketuanan Melayu”. PAS leaders with Ketuanan melayu mentality is dangerous and a backward step for the country. I absolutely will not have it and I think so does a good number of my fellow citizen. That’s why we are worried that the so called erdogan group lost. How sure are we that some of the leaders elected in PAS are not UMNO sleepers who have infiltrated PAS long time ago? Knowing UMNO and it’s dirty trick, I wouldn’t discount such theory! UMNO and it’s “The end justify the means” motto, Mahadey and his Machiavellian politics ( the DSAI sodomy case is prime example) and UMNO total disregard of basic humanity and rule of law in favor of power and wealth, they are capable of anything despicable any man can think of, in fact UMNO can be considered the ultimate scoundrel and no other politician in the world can beat them. And that’s why so many people are worried about this ‘UNITY GOVERNMENT’ and the future of this nation. UMNO must be defeated once and for all and not be left alive to rise again in the future to again corrupt this country.

  2. 1st of all.. PAS had to explain what this Unity Talks is all about. As far as we know.. PAS will not combine with UMNO, or be BN party component. Then where will the Unity take place?

    Blaming UMNO because of the Unity Talks is just unfair and could we say ridiculous (?). UMNO only responses towards the planned initiative by PAS leaders and it happened to be a positive response because it could bring positive impact toward the nation. Most people will says that UMNO is the one getting the benefit of this plan.. but.. Hey.. Is it UMNO the one who initiated this? If PAS feels that they are making a mistake to invite UMNO to talk about unity.. Then, they could just cancel the plan and there is nothing more UMNO could do. It is all up to PAS to really walk the talk that they had initiated…

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