PAS’s tie-up with Ikatan is just a smokescreen
The parti Islam’s real hook-up is with the parti Melayu.
You see, the seven years PAS spent in the Pakatan viper’s pit has not been entirely wasted. The Islamic party learned a thing or two — one of which is the “agree to disagree” convenient tactic whenever they [mainly the DAP snake] wanted to cop out.
The mosquito party Ikatan claims to be multiracial. This feature makes for a perfect excuse so that PAS can maintain a flexibility on contentious issues – say hudud – with the pretext that the matter is not contained in the pact’s “common policy framework”.
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Nobody can seriously believe that Ikatan is a party of any consequence.
There’s no advantage for PAS to ally itself with such a flea weight except that it provides a cover for the real co-operation that’s going on behind the scenes, i.e. PAS and Umno secretly dating but not yet making their engagement official or public.
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In the aftermath of PAS’s harrowing up close and personal experience with the DAP, the parti Islam has realized that, in contrast, hey Umno ain’t so bad after all.
I mean, how can working together with Umno be in any way worse than with the anti-Islam DAP? Akin to PAS, Umno is Malay and Muslim whereas DAP is full of Christians.
Furthermore, both PAS and Umno share the same grievances. The party presidents had their portraits (read: pijak kepala) diinjak-injak oleh Cina biadab.
PAS has also been treated by DAP to the same deadly enmity that the evangelical party usually directs at Umno.
On the other hand, the tangible benefit of aligning with Umno is that combined, PAS and Umno between them have enough clout to impose a Malay-Muslim hegemony on the country. Retaining Putrajaya on a Malay tsunami will allow the Umno-PAS combo to do whatever they like in the interests of Agama dan Bangsa.
As one example of taking a course of action befitting the stature of a negara Islam, Dewan Pemuda PAS supports establishing a Parliamenary caucus to abolish legal gambling — see Nik Abduh’s latest press statement via his Facebook link above.
And here’s how they’re going to make the rest of the Malay hegemony happen.
MCA buat bodoh jer when its party president emeritus Ling Liong Sik pulled the stunt above.
The BN Chinese component party similarly folded its arms and did nothing either when the media empire (Nest of Evangelistas) under its control subtly scratched a thousand little knife cuts in Najib and Umno’s back.
To return the favour, Umno can act like a bodoh sepat too when PAS contests the Malay-majority seats traditionally given to MCA to stand.
With Umno folding its arms and buat tak tahu, PAS is guaranteed to win the Malay-majority seats lost or held by MCA.
MCA juga gerenti bungkus PRU14 nanti. During that juncture, PAS can bring the raft of Parliament seats it won off the MCA to the negotiation table with BN.
Post GE14, there is no valid reason for MCA to be thick skinned and opting to remain within the BN fold when it has zero seats to show. By then, PAS can more than fittingly fill the vacancy.