A Sin Chew editorial yesterday was headlined, ‘PAS drops the substance for the shadow‘.
Sin Chew said:
“Part of the reason for PAS’ political force expansion is because it gains votes from non-Muslims with the help of PKR and DAP. However, it now kicks away the ladder and presents the hudud law bill without caring about the interests of non-Muslims. PAS cares only about hudud law and it might cost it a heavy price in the next general election.”
(1) Sin Chew claims that PAS’s political representation has expanded due to non-Muslim votes gained through PKR and DAP.
(2) Sin Chew also claims that PAS’s hudud bill is an act of kicking away the ladder, i.e. not being grateful for the DAP help that took the Islamist party a few rungs higher.
(3) Sin Chew further claims that the Kelantan hudud move might cost PAS, and it will have to pay “a heavy price” i.e. the loss of non-Muslim votes, in the next GE
(4) Sin Chew believes that PAS participation in Pakatan is the “substance” whereas its push for hudud is chasing shadows.
The Sin Chew editorial is reflective of Cina cakap besar and Chinese empty threat. It also reflects how little the Chinese understand the Malay-Muslim mind.
But let’s look at the facts first.
The 1999 general election
See data box above.
PAS has always been a bigger party than the DAP. It is older too.
In GE10, PAS contested 62 Parliament seats and won 27. DAP contested 44 Parliament seats and won 10.
PAS contested a total of 236 state seats and won 98. DAP contested 86 state seats and won 11.
GE10 was not all that long ago. A mere 14 years separate GE10 and GE13.
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Get this, okay?
Parliament seats 1999
• PAS – 27
• DAP – 10
State seats 1999
• PAS – 98
• DAP – 11
In 1999, DAP won 4 DUN seats each in Perak and Malacca, and one each in Penang, Selangor and Pahang.
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Karpal and Kit Siang kicked out
In 1999, Karpal contested the Jelutong Parliament seat in Penang and lost to Gerakan’s Lee Kah Choon. He contested the Datuk Keramat Penang state seat and lost to Gerakan’s Lim Boo Chang.
Kit Siang contested the Bukit Bendera Parliament seat in Penang and lost to Gerakan’s Chia Kwang Chye. He contested the Kebun Bunga Penang state seat and lost to Gerakan’s Dr Teng Hock Nan.
However due to its runaway success in GE13, DAP has become so besar kepala in such a short time and quite forgetting the trashing it received a mere one-and-half decades ago.
And not only is the evangelical party bongkak bukan kepalang, it is also bullying PAS.
PAS not beholden to Chinese voters
In 1999, Hadi Awang won his Marang Parliament seat in Terengganu with a thumping majority of 12,700 votes. Hadi Awang also won his Terengganu state seat of Ru Rendang by a huge margin.
Nik Aziz strolled to an easy victory in his Chempaka DUN ward.
Contrary to what Sin Chew claimed, PAS did not “expand” its electoral influence under the Pakatan kahwin mutaah. The Chinese votes marginally gained by PAS in the semi-urban constituencies cannot offset the Malay votes that PAS lost in the Malay heartland.
Sin Chew is unable to hide its “balik kampung, tanam jagung” mentality in the paper’s over-estimation of DAP-Chinese clout and under-estimation of PAS’s Islamic priorities.
PAS’s performance slumped under Pakatan
In 1999, PAS had 27 seats in a 193-seat Parliament. Its share of Parliamentary representation was 13.9 percent.
In 2013, PAS won 21 seats in a 222-seat Parliament. Its share of Parliamentary representation is currently 9.46 percent.
Compared to its past performance, PAS has regressed. Its Faustian pact with the DAP has been a poor trade-off.
So what will PAS do now?
Najib is polished wheeler dealer but poor leader
Najib Razak made a Malay unity offer to Anwar Ibrahim after the last general election. That’s what PKR vice president Nurul Izzah Anwar told a ceramah crowd on Valentine’s Day. Anwar could become the deputy prime minister, konon.
See, ‘Najib offered Anwar DPM post after GE13‘ (Malaysiakini, 15 Feb 2015).
PKR sec-gen Rafizi Ramli has confirmed what Nurul revealed. Refer, http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/anwar-was-offered-deputy-prime-ministers-post-confirms-rafizi
Well, it has been proven before that Najib is one willing to engage in hush-hush negotiations. How many Umno cabinet ministers were caught by surprise when Hindraf leader Waytha Moorthy was brought into the PMO, eh?
Chinese dipping toes into Reformasi 2.0
The Chinese want ‘Ubah’. Having Anwar replace Muhyiddin as Najib’s deputy is one form of change, certainly.
And what do the Anwar supporters, who protested his jail sentence, really want?
They’re carrying “angry” placards. They’re angry at everything, even at a bus.
Dapsters full of anger and hate
Ismail Sabri will be boycotting the Chinese New Year event held in his Bera constituency in Pahang.
The Agriculture Minister said, “I received tip-off that if I attend the CNY event, DAP supporters may attend too, some may throw objects (at me)”.
Do the delusional Dapsters believe that their continued hate and hypocrisy will not attract any backlash? More Ismail Sabris will simply emerge from Umno.
A PAS deputy prime minister
It appears that the negotiations between Anwar and Najib fell through. There is no Malay unity deal clinched between PKR and Umno.
PKR is, at least for the moment, sticking to its uneasy partnership with DAP.
Rafizi spilled the beans that Najib allegedly offered PKR the deputy prime ministership as well as four ministerial portfolios. PAS must drive a hard bargain and not settle for anything less from Najib.
PAS can take over the MCA ministries and MCA seats.
Is DAP no longer anti-Malay and anti-Islam?
Umno didoakan pecah perut oleh PAS. Dipohon Tuhan agar “K-O”.
Orang Umno sering dikafirkan dan disumpah oleh PAS. Tapi Umno rileks aje b’cos it is after all PPTA. Selamba sakan.
Surely by now PAS realises that DAP is ultra kiasu. PAS has barely scratched the surface in its treatment of DAP compared with how PAS has been treating Umno all this while.
Does PAS think that DAP will remain tidak apa, rileks and selamba if DAP were to be treated by PAS like how Umno is treated? (Think of what the Chinese employers do to Indonesian maids.)
The Chinese voters keep repeating that they know what to do come the next election. Does PAS know what to do?