DAP needs to fortify Pakatan partnership

Ong Kian Ming, Aug 17, 09

Soon after his victory in the 2008 general election, Khalid Samad, the PAS MP for Shah Alam, held an open dialogue session with parishioners in a Catholic church that was located in his constituency, the first for any Malay MP in Peninsular Malaysia on either side of the political divide.

Since then, other PAS leaders such as Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad, MP for Kuala Selangor, and PAS Mursyidul Am Tok Guru Nik Aziz, have made important gestures and statements that signaled their intention to show a more moderate face of PAS to the non-Malay electorate, many of whom had voted in PAS MPs in Perak, Selangor and KL.

By taking these important steps, PAS has done much to 'protect' its coalition partner in Pakatan Rakyat, the DAP, from being attacked by the non-Malay BN component parties by using the tactic stating that a vote for the DAP represents a vote to establish an Islamic state in Malaysia.

Sadly, the moves made by some of the PAS leadership have not been reciprocated by the DAP, leaving PAS and to a lesser extent, PKR, open to attacks that the opposition coalition is betraying the cause of Islam. Malaysiakini. Subscription required.