PAS: Pakatan’s ‘civil war’ will damage Malaysia

PAS: Pakatan’s ‘civil war’ will damage Malaysia

PUCHONG: The infighting within Pakatan Harapan and the purported power struggle among its leaders will dent Malaysia’s progress.

In a statement, PAS deputy president Datuk Seri Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man said the apparent rift within PKR was also undermining Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s Joint Prosperity Initiative.

“How can our nation continue to develop and prosper when the ruling party can’t sort out their internal affair?

“If the power struggle continues, it will not only sabotage the prime minister’s plans for joint prosperity but also destabilise the country,” he said.

Last month, a rift ensued between PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and his deputy Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali after the former suggested the latter to resign as minister if the sex video allegedly featuring him was proven to be authentic.

The comment did not go down well with Azmin, who shot back by saying Anwar should ‘look himself in the mirror’ first before talking about the matter.

Since then, it was widely reported that Azmin and those aligned to him were frequently absent from party meetings despite Anwar offering olive branch to his one-time ally.

Azmin even went on urging Mahathir to lead the nation for a full term, which was against the prime minister’s own promise that he would hand over the reigns to Anwar in two years-time.

Tuan Ibrahim then urged Pakatan to buck up and prove to Malaysians that it can deliver on its election promises.

“Pakatan failed to govern effectively in its first year. The coalition must prove to the public that it can deliver on promises to bring prosperity to the nation,” he said.

Tuan Ibrahim also reminded politicians that infighting would not bring benefit to anyone and there was a need to convince investors on Malaysia’s stability.

“This is in line with what the Yang di-Pertuan Agong said yesterday, that he would like to see Mahathir continue his efforts to lead the nation’s development plans, improve administration, fight corruption and defend the rule of law,” he said.

By G Vinod