By John Isaac
DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang has tied Umno president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s move to reaffirm his party’s support for Perikatan Nasional (PN), with Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Khairuddin Aman Razali being let off the hook for breaking quarantine.
Lim believes that this may not have been a coincidence, and that Umno may have discovered it did not have PAS’ full support.
“Maybe the Umno leadership has found, to its shock, that it could find no support from PAS in the game of thrones, and that if the game comes to a crunch, it can neither expect PAS to come on board nor a united Umno parliamentary bloc to blindly support the decision of Zahid and (former premier) Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak.
“Or will the Byzantine plots, counterplots, sub-plots and counter-sub-plots now only burrow deeper underground?” he said in a statement reported by Malaysiakini today.
Previously Umno had threatened to pull its support from PN – amid tensions with Bersatu and speculation that Umno MPs were backing PKR president Anwar Ibrahim’s bid to become prime minister.
However, Zahid yesterday announced a “political ceasefire” and said his party will strengthen its cooperation with all PN parties.
Also yesterday, police announced that the Attorney-General’s Chambers had decided there will be no further action (NFA) against Khairuddin.
This is reportedly because he was not served a form to undergo mandatory home quarantine after returning from an alleged work trip to Turkey on July 7.
PAS is partners with Umno in Muafakat Nasional, which it plans to get registered.
However, PAS has also remained in support of PN even when Umno was threatening to back out.
“PAS’ stance remains the same, which is to strengthen the Muafakat cooperation between Umno and PAS and also to defend PN,” PAS deputy president Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man said last week.