Don’t practise gangster politics, Amanah tells PAS

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PETALING JAYA: Amanah Deputy President Salahuddin Ayub has slammed PAS Vice-President Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah for a statement he made regarding the contest for Kelantan come the 14th General Election (GE14).

According to a recent report by Bernama, Amar had said that if Opposition parties were serious about a one-on-one fight against Barisan Nasional (BN) in GE14, parties other than PAS and PKR should not be allowed to contest in Kelantan.

Salahuddin said Amar’s statement showed the Islamist party was practising gangster politics.

“To me that is gangster politics. In politics it is only right that we study the strengths and weaknesses of each party before coming to a decision on who gets to contest where,” he told FMT.

He added that PAS should not think that just because it had held a seat for a long time, it was sure to win.

“The political scene has changed. There wasn’t a Pakatan Harapan and now there is. There are now new Opposition parties such as Bersatu.”

He pointed out that although Bersatu was a new party, it did not mean that it was irrelevant to the political scene.

He reminded PAS that since 1990, it had never won in Kelantan on its own as previously it was backed by Pakatan Rakyat. In the 1990s, it had Semangat 46.

He noted that the party’s previous wins could also be attributed to the leadership of the late Nik Aziz Nik Mat.

“PAS managed to win in Kelantan in 1990 because they had help from Semangat 46, Hamim and Berjasa. Cooperation is very important in politics.”

Meanwhile, PKR Vice-President Tian Chua said Amar was only stating the scenario as it has always been.

“Traditionally, that’s the way it has always been. So it seems as though what PAS wants is status quo,” he told FMT.

“Of course, there have to be discussions before anything is decided and it is still too early to say that this will be the case for the next elections. But prior to the discussions, everyone will state their own positions on the matter just like how I’m very sure DAP will want PAS to stay out of Penang.”

He added that all statements expressing the desire for a one-on-one fight were a “very welcoming sign”.