“They have tasted power through Pakatan Rakyat and they want more. It looks like PAS has reached the point of no return,” writes Joceline Tan.
“Instead of redefining the party’s role in Pakatan, the party may have to redefine its policy of leadership by the ulama,” she adds.
Mat Sabu will never walk alone; the DAP evangelistas will always walk with him
Geng gereja lah paling girang
Joceline has put it all in a nutshell. The ulama are taking a backseat to the Erdogans who want their shot at Putrajaya through maintaining the unholy matrimony with DAP and PKR.
Even PAS’s own Majlis Syura gave its nod to continuing the tahaluf siyasi — one of the issues brought up for debate at the muktamar which concludes today.
PAS has shown its willingness to UBAH, put its Islam on the backburner and bring realpolitik to the fore.
If PAS were to remain an ulama-dominated party, it will be hard pressed to play big league politics and doomed to remain in the backwaters of Kelantan. Without participation as a national-level party, PAS would be unable to attain more power, and along with it, the juicy fruits of power.
How much salary is Dr Dzul paid, alongside Teresa Kok and Saifudin Nasution, for being a Pakatan Political Liaison Officer?
Needless to say, DAP’s evangelista politicians are elated about the election results.
There are a further 10,000 reasons for Hannah Yeoh to be over the moon and one of them is the biggest ever Selangor budget to be tabled by the state. Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim has just recently announced an RM1.85 billion allocation for the Selangor 2014 budget.
That’s RM1,850,000,000.00 – a lot of money – which will be distributed to the Selangor state offices and office holders to spend next year. Hence one can understand why PAS, after having tasted power in the rich states, are choosing to stick with DAP and PKR in the hope of getting more.
Mat Sabu is the evangelista’s “Bang Mat”
Onward Christian soldiers
The convincing win by the Erdogans has brought tears (of joy) to the DAP’s noisy Christian supporters. One implication of the newly installed PAS 2013-15 line-up is that the Allah dispute is brought, in tandem, closer to the evangelistas’ favour.
Nonetheless, PAS and DAP will maintain their “agree to disagree” posture on the ‘Allah’ word. Then there is also that matter of the implementation of hudud which PAS Kelantan has said it is prepared to carry forward but which Pakatan is blithely sweeping under the carpet playing their we’ll-cross-the-bridge-later game.
Since the Chinese have burned their bridges with the BN, they are naturally into the Pakatan game with gusto.
Dr Mahathir Mohamad was right to foresee the end of “kongsi” between the Chinese and the Malays. MCA has become excess baggage in the BN. At 90 percent support for the DAP, there is no longer the possibility for any internal check and balance within the Chinese community. It is the opposition all the way.
With EBU (Everything Blame Umno) ingrained in the Chinese, the old Sino-Malay co-operation that characterized the BN is all but dead.
The new mode of co-operation is evangelista-Islamist.
Malays led by ‘confused’ Muslim leaders
The lopsided relationship between the DAP evangelistas and the PAS liberals – and in the absence of the ulama as primary decision-makers – will only lead to the replacement of one particular religion (Islam) with that of another (Christianity) in political arena with regard to which one is paramount.
In practical terms, we can say that through the sidelining of PAS ulamas, it is the DAP evangelistas who are poised to hold the steering wheel of the Pakatan car when it comes to religious ideology. PAS’s willingness to mortgage the ‘Allah’ word exemplifies.
You really have to wonder why the relationship between Muslims and Christians the world over is so bad. And here in Malaysia, you have the hypocrites and the confused getting into bed together.
All over the world, billions of Muslims are not in the slightest bit confused. They possess absolute certitude that the name of their God is only one, and unchanging. It is only in Malaysia that the poor PAS Muslims are confused.
Do you have to ask who is sitting in the driver’s seat?