Monday, January 21, 2013
PAS will bring down DAP
PAS is actually a pain in the ass for DAP. Its 'hudud' and other Islamic rulings - notably in Kelantan and Kedah - are throwing DAP leaders off their seat for trying to seek the balance between agreeing with Hadi Awang and Nik Aziz or fine-tuning its position in the Pakatan Rakyat.
With general election is just around the corner (some say it could be end of March), Pakatan Rakyat is in jitters. The cracks are hard to mend, let alone the disagreement among them over issues that could dampen their common hope of wresting Putrajaya from Barisan Nasional.
While DAP itself is faced with domestic problems stemming from its recent election, it is also involved in a tug-of-war with PAS over the 'Allah' and 'hudud rulings' in Kelantan and Kedah.
The Chinese in general are against huduh and such rulings, especially the ban on adult women performers on stage during the upcoming Chinese New Year but those in DAP are quite annoyed at the manner in which leaders like Lim Kit Siang, Lim Guan Eng and Karpal Singh addressed the matters.
To them, the supreme leaders of DAP are losing balls when it comes to attending to 'nonsense' created by PAS.
Karpal's call for Majlis Syura PAS to reverse its decision on 'Allah is only for the Muslims' will definitely put DAP as a loser. PAS will never submit to such a pressure, and with mounting calls by various Malay/Muslim NGOs and association for Majlis Syura to stick to its decision, Karpal may eventually find his effort rather frustrating.
In Penang, the Chinese are beginning to show sign of disgusted at DAP for failing to level PAS over the issue by asking Guan Eng to make a stand or take DAP out of the political pact and stand on its own in the next national poll.
As usual, Guan Eng remains adamant. He chose to remain silent than being whacked by the party members and others over something he himself is not certain of.
Kit Siang, on the other hand, refused to say much about it. He left everything to Karpal. Kit Siang could feel the earth moving under his feet each time DAP and PAS are embroiled in any polemic. Each time it happens, DAP will end up as a loser!
Anwar Ibrahim, on the other hand, is smarter. He couldn't care less about hudud or anything. He is also couldn't be bothered if DAP and PAS take to the ring to settle their differences. To him, PKR is strong enough and much formidable than DAP and PAS combined together in the next general election.
He has support from many parties, including overseas. He gets the walking stick from foreigner leaders such as BJ Habibie of Indonesia, Estrada from the Philippines and some friends in the West, some of whom are willing to finance his election campaign.
While PKR appears to be steady, DAP and PAS need to sit down and really talk terms. But what are there to discuss when both have clearly made their stand over the issues?
DAP is the one feeling nausea about it. With internal bickering and back-stabbing are far from over, its failure to 'control' PAS could trigger a walkout by some members, particularly those who are against the election of its Central Committee members last month.
So, it looks like PAS could bring DAP down, in Penang and elsewhere. Karpal realises this and for that reason, he has been quite vocal in calling for PAS to reverse such decisions although deep inside, he knows all his effort will go down the drain...