Hishammuddin Hussein made good stinging remarks about the Pakatan Rakyat pact by saying the DAP can and will replace Pas as a prominent Opposition party by the next national poll, and the fact that the latter failed in Sarawak state election last month was due to its inability to spread wings to the East Malaysian state.
DAP too, according to the Umno Vice President cum Home Minister takes Pas for a free ride in order to improve its position in Sarawak, and soon in the general elections.
Many agree, and so do I. Pas is turned into a vehicle by DAP leadership like Lim Kit Siang, Karpal Singh dan Lim Guan Eng to pursue its politics of racism. Indeed, Pas is the right stooge for DAP when its spiritual leader Nik Aziz agreed to Guan Eng's disapproval of Islamic function such as the Maulidur Rasul.
"Pas is responsible for throwing itself to DAP. Pas is responsible for the disunity of the Malays. Pas is also the main reason for breaking up the Muslims... and this kind of politics is not suitable to the Malays and to Malaysians at large."
Hisham said this when officiating Pasir Puteh Umno division meeting today. He also turned a crowd puller when about 2,000 people attended it at Sekolah Menengah Kamil. And for the first time in many years, I am impressed with his speech.
Being the only Kelantan Umno Division meeting he agreed to officiate (he will be in Jerteh and Marang, Terengganu tomorrow), Pasir Puteh division is perhaps among the largest in the country, with 228 branches.
And having to officiate a grand division like this, it needs a real Umno leader to handle it, and Hisham in some ways managed to woo strong support for the party and for Barisan Nasional.
The last time I listened to such a punchy speech (not only from Hisham but from other Umno top leaders) was years ago. Nope, I am not standing by his balls as you need to be there to access him (not once but in many occasions).
His 'DAP will replace Pas' is also a warning to the Malays outside Umno that what DAP is doing now might lead to the demise of Pas if the latter loses it, and before it happens, Pas members and leaders should reconsider their political position with Pakatan Rakyat.