Prominent figures from DAP, Lim Guan Eng and Nga Kor Ming have attacked the UMNO-PAS alliance. Their statements on the alliance have subsequently invited retaliation from the opposition.
From the influencers list of the topic “DAP”, Finance Minister and DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng has always been the most active voice of DAP, ranging from condemning the recent Christchurch terror attack to handling government issues.
However, Lim and Nga’s statements on UMNO-PAS might put the carefully crafted DAP’s image in danger.
Previously, Lim landed himself in hot water after stating that the alliance between UMNO and PAS will incite a “war” against the non-Muslims. Whereas, Nga suggested that the alliance is equivalent to Taliban.
PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang did not forgo the golden opportunity to retaliate. As we can see from the influencers list, Hadi Awang took the number three position. This indicates that he gave a high number of statements on the party. The PAS president replied to Lim, saying that UMNO-PAS alliance is not waging a war against the non-Muslims, instead it is Lim’s own personal fear.
Nevertheless, the heat between both parties was brought into Dewan Rakyat as DAP was accused as “anti-Islam” by PAS’ Ahmad Marzuk Shaary (Pengkalan Chepa MP). Will the negative stance on DAP such as “anti-Islam” or “communist” ever change?
Earlier in January, Lim Kit Siang revealed that Hadi’s “bitterness” towards DAP is rooted on DAP’s refusal to back him as the Prime Minister candidate for Pakatan Rakyat back in GE-13.
With the ever-growing racial and religious sentiments in Malaysia politics, can DAP maintain their current secular position, while at the same time not pushing the right-wing supporters further away towards the far-right?