PETALING JAYA: Lim Kit Siang has cautioned the ruling coalition against attempting to “out-Malay Umno and out-Islam PAS” to counter the alliance formally forged by the country’s two biggest Malay-Muslim parties yesterday.
The DAP supremo said Pakatan Harapan would “fail and fall” if it attempts to do so as such a tactic could alienate the 5.5 million supporters from various religious and racial backgrounds that voted in PH in the 14th general election.
He said PH said should instead implement the New Malaysia agenda and win over the 2.5 million voters who supported Umno and the two million voters who backed PAS in the May 9 polls last year.
“If the Pakatan Harapan government takes the high ground and is guided by the five-pillar promises of the manifesto in the 14th general election, the PAS-Umno alliance is likely to implode even before the next 15th general election,” he said in a statement.
Lim warned that the PAS-Umno alliance would see an escalation in “toxic politics of race and religion” to an unprecedented level.
He also took a swipe at Barisan Nasional components MCA and MIC for giving their blessing to the alliance. “This despite an earlier MCA threat to ‘kick’ Umno out of Barisan Nasional if it ‘coddles up with PAS’.”
MCA had, on the eve of the signing of the historic charter, said it would “consent and respect” any collaboration between opposition parties in Malaysia as long as it was in line with the Federal Constitution and upheld moderation.
It also sent representatives to witness the signing of the charter between PAS and Umno in the spirt of the BN and “ensure that the gathering will strictly observe the values of multiculturalism and moderation”.