PAS determined to fight DAP head-to-head in next GE

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PETALING JAYA: PAS is determined to fight the DAP head-to-head in the next general election even if it means creating three-cornered fights or losing to their bitter rival. 

Hashim Jasin, the Islamist party’s newly-appointed spiritual leader, said PAS would reject outright any proposal by Pakatan Harapan for PAS to join a greater Opposition coalition to fight Barisan Nasional (BN) if that pact included DAP, its former Pakatan Rakyat partner. 

“If there is a three-way fight, so be it. We do not care.

“We will contest where DAP is contesting,” he said in a recent interview with the party’s news organ, Harakahdaily, according to the New Straits Times

Hashim also said PAS was unafraid of losing to DAP as it was “normal” and that the more important objective was to portray itself as the main political rival of DAP. 

“Lose? Losing is not new to us. But we want to send the message that they (DAP) are our rivals. 

“They think they are the ones who helped us win (in previous GEs), but they must realise that PAS too worked to help DAP win.”

Hashim also alleged that it was the DAP’s refusal to work with PAS President Abdul Hadi Awang years ago over the issue of hudud law that led to the spilt of the former Opposition pact of Pakatan Rakyat.

“The one who decided to leave is DAP because they did not want to work with Hadi.

“We have taken a firm stand about this — we will not work with DAP,” he stressed, adding that because of the break-up of Pakatan Rakyat, PAS was no longer bound by any agreements that existed within the Opposition pact. 

“Back then we were bound by the agreements we had with Pakatan Rakyat. But now that we are out, we are not bound to these agreements any longer.”