GPS the one empowering PAS now, says Kong

By Chew Lip Song

IT is Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) which is making PAS stronger now by partnering with the Islamist party despite the former’s vocal opposition to PAS previously.

Michael Kong, the special assistant to state DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen said GPS leaders, including those from the SUPP had repeatedly spoken up against PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang in the past.

“Upon being given a chance to become part of the Federal Government, GPS did not hesitate and quickly jumped at that opportunity. Now PAS is not only strengthened but empowered by GPS to become part of the Federal Government,” Kong said in a statement today.

Kong also dismissed SUPP’s claims that the DAP had strengthened PAS during the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) days when both the DAP and PAS were in the same coalition.

He said PR was formed based on the understanding of secularism among its component parties while PAS was then headed by progressive leaders like Mohamad Sabu.

Kong also dismissed as “meek and lame” the justification from GPS leaders that Perikatan Nasional (PN) was formed to save Malaysia.

“Pakatan Harapan was doing fine on its own and the administration was stable until a few power-hungry bad apples within the administration schemed a way to steal the government from the people. GPS’ narrative is akin to saying a thief who first stole something yet, later on, returns it should be called a hero for returning the stolen goods. This is something any reasonable person cannot fathom and is beyond any logic.”

He further called on GPS to stop playing with semantics by denying that they are part of PN just because it is not a registered coalition. Kong said PR was also not a registered coalition but yet PAS was said to be a component party of PR. Before the 14th General Election, PH was also not a registered coalition but it was still recognised to be one by all parties.

Kong also called on GPS and its component parties to own up to its poor decision and explain to the people why they were willing to steal their mandate, an act which he described as “not only cowardly but without any respect.”

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