PAS president Tan Sri Abdul Hadi Awang said that its party is working hard to prevent UMNO from being manipulated by its political partners.
In a Facebook post on New Year’s eve, Hadi said that UMNO was facing a bitter challenge after having lost in two consecutive general elections.
Hadi acknowledged that UMNO is an older party than PAS, and thus he will not be ‘teaching ducks how to swim’ but he was instead trying to save them from the slaughter.
“PAS from the very beginning invited UMNO to join Muafakat Nasional (MN) that was genuine, with the largest Malay-Muslim and Bumiputera parties — UMNO, PAS and Bersatu — which then included Perikatan Nasional (PN) that combined all non-extremist parties,” he said.
Hadi added that, however, UMNO’s leadership has been blinded by greed and predicted it could win the general election on its own.
He then said that the leadership crisis caused UMNO to fall into the hands of more opportunistic parties who were cursed with money politics without ideology.
“UMNO is like a drowning person who doesn’t know how to swim and fumbles for anything to save himself, including hugging a rock that sinks him further,” he said, referencing UMNO’s political alliance with Pakatan Harapan (PH).
“Such a thing happened when there was a group that jumped towards PH, which is a combination of the DAP party with extreme chauvinist ideology, socialism in the guise of secular democracy, openly anti-Islam, as well as the secular pragmatic PKR and Parti Amanah Negara (PAN) as an additional tool,” he said.
Hadi claims DAP will ‘swallow’ UMNO
Meanwhile, Hadi also criticised PH for working with its political rival to form an ‘unnatural government’.
He added said UMNO would never be able to win PH over to its ways and claimed that the UMNO’s grassroots remained opposed to the partnership.
Hadi then said that the cooperation between PN and UMNO will not destroy UMNO as PAS had supported UMNO in the wake of the 1969 race riots.
Nonetheless, he said PAS would be acting as a ‘boarding house’ for UMNO leaders who are removed during the internal crisis in the party.
“On the other hand, it is not impossible for DAP to ‘swallow’ Umno as it happened in history in Singapore, when UMNO was swallowed by the PAP which later gave birth to DAP,” he said.