PAS members are accusing Lim Guan Eng 'a traitor'. They also hurled abusive words at Karpal Singh, whom despite celebrating Nik Aziz birthday yesterday is still gripping to his hard stand on the use of 'Allah' for non-Muslims.
More PAS members came out against DAP secretary-general and Penang Chief Minister Lim on Sunday, calling him a traitor to the opposition coalition for stating his support for the same matter.
Some even shouted slogans for PAS to leave the opposition pact and stand on its own in the upcoming general election. I think it was a wise call, taking into account the long-standing separating factor - hudud and 'Allah' - which could dampen PR prospect of wresting Putrajaya.
PAS grassroots too are getting disillusioned with Pakatan Rakyat over the
opposition bloc’s inability to resolve the issue although its Syura Council had ruled last week that the word 'Allah' is only for Muslims, and not non-Muslims.
On January 22, some Muslim youths held a 30-minute demonstration outside Karpal Singh’s
office in Georgetown, criticising the DAP national chairman for
acting like a political bully undermining PAS, Islam and Malays.
At the end of demonstration, they stepped on a DAP flag to vent their
anger and questioned whether the party wanted to create religious chaos
in the country.
Among the protesters were PAS Tanjung division’s permanent chairman
Zaidi Abu Bakar and ex-Youth chief Ariff Ibrahim, and former state PAS
Youth chief Mohd Hafiz Mohd Nordin, who now heads a NGO, Penang Human
They were apparently upset with Karpal, the Bukit Gelugor
MP, for urging the Syura Council to review its decision.
Meanwhile, PR de factor leader Anwar Ibrahim seemed to take side for inclining more towards DAP's stand. He said Pakatan Rakyat is holding to what PAS president Hadi Awang said before the Syura Council ruling - that non-Muslims too can use the word Allah.
Another PAS leader, Mohamad Sabu also shared the same view before making a 180 degree turn to support the Council's decision. Since the ruling, Hadi remains tight lips.
Judging from the tug-of-war between DAP and PAS, it can be clearly understood that DAP would like to see PAS leaves Pakatan Rakyat, if possible. Karpal and Lim could sense the jitters if PAS remains in the pact.
But PAS too would like to see DAP quits on PR and leave the pact to PAS and PKR only. Nik Aziz is facing increasing pressure from the grassroots who like to see the Council sticks to the ruling and never provide a chance for DAP to undermine it.
However, a traitor or not, Lim and buddy Karpal will not inch out of their stand, let alone compromising with PAS on the issue.
So, Anwar looks a winner here. Realising the future conflict between PAS and DAP could prolong and adversely impact his 'administration' should he becomes a prime minister, he stands beside Karpal and Lim.
To Anwar, PKR and DAP partnership is good enough. Any bickering among them could jeopardise his dream. For that reason, he will not accept any deadlock that could jettison his plan.