KOTA BARU: New PAS spiritual leader Hashim Jasin has made it clear that the Islamist party will not collaborate with anyone aiming to topple Prime Minister Najib Razak’s government.
In his maiden speech in Kota Baru last night, Hashim pointed out that such attempts in the past have failed.
“There is a new party who recently invited us to unite and ensure straight fights with the Barisan Nasional ” he said, alluding to overtures by Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) president Muhyiddin Yassin.
At a function in Shah Alam last week, PPBM chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad said that the only way to defeat the ruling coalition was to contest under “one symbol, one manifesto and one candidate”.
Hashim stressed PAS would not cooperate with others just to topple a government or to replace a prime minister as this would not benefit him or the party.
In the early 90’s, PAS joined forces with Semangat 46, then led by Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, before teaming up with DAP to form Pakatan Rakyat in 2008.
Pakatan Rakyat, however, was declared dead last year after DAP and PAS severed political ties following the latter’s attempt to implement hudud in Kelantan.
Hashim’s stance on collaborating with others to topple Najib echoes that of party president Abdul Hadi Awang who in June this year reportedly turned down a similar offer made by Mahathir.
Hashim added that PAS would like to take charge, rather than follow.
“We can’t allow other people to lead us. We must take the lead.”