DAP severs ties with Hadi, but stays in Pakatan Rakyat

The full CEC meeting yesterday.

The full CEC meeting yesterday.

Hadi's insistence on hudud is the last straw for the long-tenuous relationship for PAS and DAP

Hadi’s insistence on hudud is the last straw for the long-tenuous relationship for PAS and DAP

The DAP has cut all ties with PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang, and will cease to work with the latter over his insistence on pushing for hudud despite coalition consensus.

In a statement this morning, DAP secretary general Lim Guan Eng said the DAP can no longer continue to work with Hadi.

“DAP is unable to work with a PAS President like Hadi Awang who persists in such dishonest and dishonourable acts. The DAP has lost trust and confidence in Hadi as a Pakatan Rakyat leader and will end ties and cease to work with him,” Lim said.

“As Hadi is the PAS leader in PR, DAP’s decision to end all ties with Hadi will effectively put the Majlis Pimpinan or the Pakatan Rakyat Leadership Council in limbo. DAP will meet the PKR leadership to discuss the future course of Pakatan Rakyat,” he added.

Lim cited various ‘betrayals’ by Hadi in the pact which the three parties — DAP, PAS, and PKR — formed in 2007.

“DAP deplores the dishonest and dishonourable acts of Hadi, such as his betrayal of the collective decision made by the Majlis Pimpinan Pakatan Rakyat on the nomination of Datuk Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as Pakatan’s sole candidate for the position of Menteri Besar of Selangor, which resulted in a full blown and protracted crisis that threatened to bring down the Pakatan’s Selangor Government.

“Hadi also failed to honour his own words during the Majlis Pimpinan PR on 8 February 2015 that the Enakmen Kanun Jenayah Syariah II Kelantan 2015 would be discussed at future Majlis Pimpinan Pakatan Rakyat meetings, and his submission of the Private Member’s Bill without presenting it to the PAS Central Committee and Majlis Pimpinan Pakatan Rakyat,” Lim said.

However, the Bagan MP reaffirmed the party’s commitment to Pakatan, but stated that Pakatan parties must adhere to the spirit of the Common Policy Framework centred on trust and mutual respect.

When reached for comment, a source close to PAS told The Rocket that the DAP’s move to sever ties with Hadi is “the only possible choice.”

“What other choice have they got? They have to send a message. I feel that the DAP has restrained themselves from creating the worst case scenario, which is the break-up of Pakatan, and that would trigger a cascade of turmoil,” the source said.

The source added that within PAS, the ulama, or conservative, faction would use DAP’s punitive action against the president to paint the president as the victim of DAP and as a hero for championing hudud in the upcoming party elections in June.

However, where the future of continued PAS-DAP cooperation lies is in the fence-sitters within PAS.

“The DAP must convince the fence-sitters of the reasons behind their move. It is very important for reason and sanity to prevail, and to not be emotive about it. DAP has a very important point to make and the argument should be that this is all in the interests of Pakatan, which is the nation’s best bet of ending BN’s rule, and that it cannot be sacrificed or jeopardised by one person (Hadi),” the source said.

“I am hoping that if anything positive is to come out of this move, is that Hadi would take stock of his relationship with his partners and friends in PR,” the source added.

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