Newspaper column of Penang Gerakan Secretary Oh Tong Keong:
As I have said before, DAP, the ‘cakap tak serupa bikin’ political party, is simply inseparable from PAS. The best proof would be the sudden announcement by the DAP-led State Government a few days ago of ‘the return of’ 2 PAS members, Dahalan Fazil and Mohd Nasir Yahya, as representatives in the Penang City Council (MBPP) in their “personal capacity”.
It is not difficult to realize that the so-called severing of ties between DAP and PAS is just a wayang kulit put up for the rakyat, especially for the non-Muslim voters. Their political aim is to ask the non-Muslim voters to continue supporting DAP.
Let us reflect. How would the new Pakatan win Malay support for enough seats to enter Putrajaya if there is no support from PAS or the so-called Gerakan Harapan Baru (which is another Islamic party similar to PAS)? As long as DAP aim to win Putrajaya, they will still have to secretly cooperate with PAS or any religious extremist party. Hence, the so-called announcement of severing ties between DAP and PAS is just a show to pull wool over the people’s eye.
DAP is a party with no principles. On one hand, it said it had severed ties with PAS. On the other hand, it reappointed PAS member as councillors. Obviously, they have belittled the trust of voters towards DAP and the state government. Penang state exco Chow Kon Yeow had also clearly misused the local government laws to cover up the excuse of DAP wanting to please PAS by reappointing the 2 PAS members as councillors.
As a matter of fact, I foresee the state government will again reappoint the PAS “reject” cum Gerakan Harapan Baru chairman Mat Sabu with a government post “in his personal capacity”. Plus the 2 councillors, this signifies the existence of partnership between DAP and PAS.
At a dinner function in Sungai Petani, DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang announced that he did not rule out possibility to cooperate with Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed to take over Putrajaya. This is yet another proof that the DAP has no principles.
Lim and son Guan Eng have always looked at Dr Mahathir as an enemy and ostracized him at every chance when the latter was in power, in particular accusing him of abusing his power. It included Mahathir’s Ops Lallang (putting several people in jail including Kit Siang and invoking the licences of Sin Chew Jit Poh and The Star). Guan Eng was also jailed over a court case during the Mahathir era. But now, both father and son can simply set aside all these “abuses” just because they aim to win Putrajaya.
Out of sudden, Mahathir, the enemy the Lim family once fought against, has instantly become their great benefactor, if Mahathir is willing to help them take over Putrajaya.
DAP is currently governing the Penang state. They should serve with honesty, and improve the rakyat’s living standard, as a return of favour to the voters who supported them. DAP should not betray the rakyat by supporting Hudud, which is strongly advocated by PAS.