KUCHING: State DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen has described the possible coalition of UMNO and PAS as “a coalition of extreme racism and religious bigotry”.
He said an UMNO-led government was already bad enough and now, if these two parties were to come together, it would mean Malaysia would be going from bad to worse.
“It is the worst combination that anyone can imagine and this is now supported by BN in the name of PBB (Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu), SUPP (Sarawak United Peoples’ Party) , PDP (Progressive Democratic Party) and PRS (Parti Rakyat Sarawak),” said Chong in a press conference this morning.
He said upon the suggestion of a UMNO-PAS pact, if Sarawak BN has even the slightest interest of defending Malaysia from religious extremism, then the state BN coalition should be the first to leave BN.
Chong was responding to PBB supreme council member Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah’s statement yesterday that he had no issue with UMNO combining forces with PAS in Peninsular Malaysia as it will make BN stronger in the coming general election.
Abdul Karim was commenting on reports citing UMNO information chief Tan Sri Annuar Musa that UMNO had given its president Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak who is also BN chairman the mandate to negotiate an electoral pact with PAS.
Meanwhile, Chong who is Kota Sentosa assemblyman and Bandar Kuching MP also questioned SUPP’s silence on the matter.
“It seems that SUPP has been very vocal against PAS in the past, but now there is not a single word coming out from SUPP leaders. This only serves to show that SUPP, PRS, PDP, and PBB in BN are going along with whatever decision is adopted by UMNO,” said Chong.
He said the fact that has been publicised over the last two days in the media is that even the MP candidates from other BN component parties needed the nod from BN chairman Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak was evidence that component parties had no power to make decisions within the coalition.
Chong said with this overture from UMNO towards PAS, it is now clear that these two parties are openly working together.
“For the last two years, they have been flirting with each other, now they are engaged!” he said.
He added that if nothing changed, Malaysians will experience a double whammy of massive corruption and extreme religious bigotry.