UMNO deputy president Datuk Seri Muhamad Hasan, also known as Tok Mat, slammed his party’s former ally, PAS for its inconsistency when forming a political alliance.
Speaking at the launch of Umno’s annual general meeting (AGM), Tok Mat said the Islamist party had been talking to all political sides, including Perikatan Nasional (PN), but they had never been loyal or sincere.
“Our experience of working with PAS… they are never loyal or sincere.”
“Without shame, they have affairs with all parties, especially Perikatan Nasional. Just look at their record, with DAP and PKR. In the end, everyone went their separate ways,” he was quoted as saying by Malay Mail.
On the other hand, he said that UMNO’s new ally in the unity government, particularly DAP, has been sincere when forming an alliance with UMNO.
Tok Mat then said that if UMNO had chosen PN, UMNO would another party trying to win the hearts of the same population.
“We do know their (DAP) stance. They also understand our position. They are not pretending to be loyal friends. We don’t even have to pretend.”
“We know who DAP is. We also know who PKR and Amanah are. So we make a decision, based on the most appropriate option, to allow us to manage the differences,” he added.
Where’s the “No DAP, No Anwar” stance?
Meanwhile, this remark from Tok Mat did not go well with the PN leaders, with two PN leaders disapproving of claims that cooperation with DAP was better than PAS.
According to Malaysiakini, PAS and Bersatu respective secretaries-general — Takiyuddin Hassan and Hamzah Zainudin — each took a swipe at Mohamad’s claims, saying it’s nonsensical and absurd.
Hamzah said Tok Mat did not stick to his words on the party’s previous “No DAP, No Anwar” stance and questioned his integrity for working with Pakatan Harapan (PH) to form the unity government after the 15th general election.
On the other hand, Takiyuddin said Tok Mat’s claim of PAS wanting to ‘kill’ UMNO was made under pressure.
“On the other hand, as a party that puts Islam as its principle, PAS is always determined and acts to approach UMNO in efforts to unite Muslims and Malays, who are the majority in this country,” he said.
He added that PAS will continue to be open and ready to hold meetings and negotiations with any parties.