PAS rejects Najib's invite, says fully committed with PR
KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 30: Reiterating yet again its total commitment to Pakatan Rakyat, PAS today rejected prime minister Najib Razak's latest gesture for the Islamic party to join Barisan Nasional.
Secretary-general Mustafa Ali (right), in a brief statement to Harakahdaily, said the party was all for a two-party system to evolve in the country, but said it rejected any effort to bring about a 'dangerous dichotomy' of having a Malay-dominant government and Chinese-dominant opposition.
"It is catastrophic to have a dichotomy of a Malay government on one side, and a Chinese-dominant opposition on the other. We would like to reiterate our total rejection to such an arrangement and will not be a party to it," he said.
He was referring to Najib's statement calling on PAS to stay away from DAP, and linked it to MCA president Chua Soi Lek's recent call that MCA should let go its cabinet share as long as it did not have Chinese support.
The following is Mustafa's statement in full:
PAS is committed towards a two-party system in Malaysia and the process towards the evolution of such a system has been well on track, with Barisan Nasional on one side and we as Pakatan Rakyat on the other.
As such, let it be clear that any attempt to disrupt this process will be stopped by PAS.
Our commitment to Pakatan Rakyat should not be doubted. As such, we consider the recent statements by the prime minister and UMNO president Najib Razak and other BN leaders, including the MCA president Chua Soi Lek, as unhealthy for the political development of this country.
In spite of our clear rejections of past gestures, the media today reported about Najib's invitation to PAS to join BN. In the meantime, Chua has been quoted as saying that MCA will stay out of the cabinet as long as it does not have support from majority of the Chinese voters.
We view both these stands as political.
More importantly, it is catastrophic to have a dichotomy of a Malay government on one side, and a Chinese-dominant opposition on the other.
We would like to reiterate our total rejection to such an arrangement and will not be a party to it.
We cannot over-emphasise our commitment in Pakatan Rakyat and our resolve to ensure the successful evolution of a two-party system.
Datuk Mustafa Ali
Parti Islam Se-Malaysia