DAP pull out of Pakatan
DAP Socialist Youth’s Anthony Loke has added his voice to the concerns being raised over the way non-Muslims could be affected by Muslim laws in PAS-ruled states.
The bigger question is, of course, what would happen in a theoretical post-GE 13 world if the bickering Pakatan Rakyat leaders were forced to work together. The fear of many non-Muslims is that PAS would then live up to its promise of enforcing hudud nationwide.
The debate has been thrust into the limelight again with news of two separate cases recently – two plane-spotting men and two teens who were given summonses and cited by municipal officers.
However, rather than make the call for the fear of what influence strict Islamic laws could have on non-Muslims in Kelantan and further afield, Loke’s concern is far more political in nature.
He was concerned simply that PAS’ constant misbehaviour was giving Barisan Nasional ammunition in the lead up to GE 13.
“Those are the issues that rightly or wrongly will affect confidence of non-Muslims towards Pakatan Rakyat, in particular towards PAS,” Loke said.
“It will be fully utilised by MCA to attack the DAP and Pakatan Rakyat so their agenda is to frighten off non-Muslims to rethink their support for Pakatan Rakyat. We sincerely hope and call upon PAS leadership to give serious attention to these issues and must be dealt with immediately,” he added.
Loke appears under the impression that the top tier PAS officials will ensure that Islamic rules do not apply to non-Muslims, though many of his colleagues in DAP might think otherwise. For Loke, the concern is at the local level where he said council members were undermining the orders of their superiors.
“I think at the implementation level, the local government level, we cannot rule out that there may be some sabotage happening within local council,” he warned.
“Do not let all these little Napoleons derail our agenda.”
Loke said that DAP was concerned that the situation could further erode the dwindling support base of the Opposition.
“There are some serious concerns,” he said.
“I would think there are serious repercussions if those issues are not dealt with.”
DAP has come under intense criticism lately both from its own supporters and undecided voters over its apparent inability to prove that it can protect the rights of non-Muslim voters within a potential Pakatan government.
Penang BN figure Tan Cheng Liang went a step further, suggesting that DAP should simply pull out of Pakatan altogether if it is unable to show some control and restrain its ‘ally’.
“We want to ask the DAP how long they want to continue whitewashing PAS,” she questioned.
Meanwhile, PAS’ reaction to the mess has been more in line with its fringe role within Pakatan – it is reportedly looking at the now ubiquitous threat of legal action against any criticism of what it claimed was all just another misunderstanding.