KUCHING: PBDS Baru (PBDSB) Youth questions the rationale of Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) for sitting on the fence pertaining to the possibility of a UMNO-PAS pact.
Its Youth Chief Rapelson Richard Hamit decried PRS Youth for attempting to distance the party from the UMNO-PAS pact issue while at the same time putting itself forth as a Dayak champion.
“If his (PRS Youth information chief Andy Lawrence) statement represents the Dayak, it would be shameless. Hacksaw mentality, ‘sorong makan, tarik pun makan’ (trying to have their cake and eat it too),” he said in a statement.
Rapelson said the so-called UMNO-PAS ‘private agreement’ to champion Malays and Islam won’t be a good sign for other Barisan Nasional (BN) component parties as PAS is only a ‘trojan horse’ and being used as bait for UMNO to fish for Malay votes.
“I don’t believe PRS Youth cannot see the real intention of the private agreement between UMNO-PAS,” he said.
“Well, what can PRS do? PBB has supported the move. Hopefully, the big brother do not bully the little one.”
Meanwhile, PBDSB in a separate statement urged the Dayak in Sarawak to emulate Malay unity to build a Dayak nation community in Sarawak and Malaysia as a whole.
It was earlier reported that PBB supreme council member Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said he had no issue with UMNO joining forces with PAS in Peninsular Malaysia as it will make BN stronger in the coming general election.
Sarawak BN component party Sarawak United Peoples’ Party has avoided commenting directly on PBB’s support for a possible UMNO-PAS pact. Its president Dr Sim Kui Hian said as long as the mooted alliance is not endorsed the BN Supreme Council, any form of cooperation between the said two parties is a private arrangement, while maintaining that UMNO has a right to chose its allies.
State DAP has said the possible UMNO-PAS alliance is the ‘worst combination’ for Malaysia while state PKR has said it would be interesting to see how the state BN parties would react to an impending UMNO-PAS ‘marriage’ in view of PBB’s stance.