The Self Destruction of PAS In the Works


April 30, 2018

The Self Destruction of PAS In the Works

Here is another compelling reason why we must reject Najib Razak and Barisan Nasional. PAS advocates Radical Islam. Vote wisely. Vote for Pakatan Harapan and Dr.Mahathir as our next Prime Minister.–Din Merican

UMNO – in looking to PAS as a spoiler in three way contests has made an assumption that PAS can deliver the votes necessary to clip Harapan candidates at their wings. But if that assumption proves to be false, May 9 will indeed be a day of reckoning for all involved.

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By Mustaqim Abdullah

President of Amanah, Mohamad Sabu affirmed that “keimanan tidal boleh diwarisi” (faith cannot be inherited). He wasn’t so much stating a fact as he was pointing to the many instances in Biblical and Islamic history where sons and daughters of religious figures, unfortunately, did fall far away from the proverbial apple tree.

Going around the election circuit now, is the 30 minute audio of Nik Abduh, one of the younger sons of revered Tok Guru Nik Aziz, that the “top leadership of PAS had received money from UMNO.” If proven true in the Hadi Awang versus Clare Brown suit in London, the audio would go down in history as one of the evidence that blighted the spotless reputation of Nik Aziz, albeit through sins of association, not omissions or commissions.

But just when all hopes were lost, Nik Omar, widely regarded as the favoured son of Nik Aziz, emerged as a candidate of Pakatan Harapan on nomination day.

The 14th general election is shaping up to be a titanic contest between caretaker Prime Minister Najib and former Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Muhammad, with Anwar Ibrajim set to be released on June 8 2018. In such a triangular contest, there is little room for error especially when it comes to stating the party’s policy position firmly. Yet, PAS waffling on 1MDB and other issues, has cast them in bad light. Nik Omar’s defection to Pakatan Harapan is yet another example of the chickens coming home to roost for a party that has found itself, oftentimes, out of touch with even its own grassroots.

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In fact the overall strategy PAS has taken may not only lead to what many predict is its obliteration at the polls but also to the self destruction of UMNO. First of all, PAS is experiencing nothing less than what Yale historian Paul Kennedy would call an “imperial over stretch.”

In trying to do too much, with too little resources, PAS has spread itself thin, even if it’s leaders are helped by more exposure on TV3 due to their quasi alliance.

By competing in 160 constituencies, without any major group of political stars, to galvanize the troops on the ground, the message will turn time and again to need to expand the role of Islam. Yet, Amanah, it’s splinter party, has taken the more realistic, and strategic route, of competing in 27 constituencies. Whereas Amanah is not lopsided, and is helped by the machinery of Pakatan Harapan, with Sabu contesting in Kota Raja, Selangor, Amanah is making forays into areas that PAS should be defending.

Second, PAS in the current form is hobbled by its inability to make full use of the aura of the late Nik Aziz. When Nik Omar is touted as the better progeny of Nik Aziz, the soft power of Pakatan Harapan cum Amanah cannot but increase gradually.

Third, members of PAS are quietly distraught with the though of having to help UMNO yet in several cases having to challenge UMNO too. Such inner contradictions do not augur well for a party that aspires—-valiantly but vainly—–to be a “King Maker”.

Finally, PAS is down to the last man standing. If Hadi Awang is gone, as age has caught up with him, PAS would not have a viable bench of actors who can step to the fore of their responsibility. Invariably, the lack of strong leadership and branding would cast PAS to be seen as a bit-player rather than a central actor.

UMNO – in looking to PAS as a spoiler in three way contests has made an assumption that PAS can deliver the votes necessary to clip Harapan candidates at their wings. But if that assumption proves to be false, May 9 will indeed be a day of reckoning for all involved.

3 thoughts on “The Self Destruction of PAS In the Works

  1. “UMNO – in looking to PAS as a spoiler in three way contests has made an assumption that PAS can deliver the votes necessary to clip Harapan candidates at their wings.”

    It clips both wings – therefore no matter what, KleptoMo1 will never regain 2/3rds majority.. But, i guess he more concerned about barely winning – even if it means hanging on with the skin of his single tooth (i.e cash is king). Who cares about popular vote in this system? Anyone?

  2. I think even the destruction of PAS – the party WILL lose a lot of seats, I think – UMNO/BN will probably still win the GE. However, as pointed out by Din, a narrow BN win might see the end of Najib within UMNO. Yet, Mahathir was once saved by the MCA. Besides PAS, could Najib be saved by BN’s other component parties? This question makes the winning of urban seats vital for both coalitions.

  3. Any organised religion is a form of group-think directed towards behavioural compliance.

    It is one thing to express what you think if you base it on evidence and quite another if you base it on just a ” belief ” and then, with power to abuse, ram it down people’s throats, including Muslim.

    Malay/Muslim politics of race and religion had done a lot to damage to the country. Malay/Muslim extremist and terrorist have a strong base in the country, including Indonesia.

    You cannot identify them and you don’t know what they are planning. If you want peace and social cohesion, religion should have no place in politics.

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