GEORGETOWN, Nov 2 – In a sign that all is still not well between DAP and its Pakatan Rakyat partner PAS, Lim Guan Eng today took a swipe at the Islamist party for failing to adhere to set decisions. “We want to see a commitment that any agreement achieved will be carried out. Don’t make a decision today and the next day it is overruled by the president.
“If even the president can reject the central committee, we do not know how to deal with this party,” the DAP secretary-general was quoted as saying by KiniTV at the Kuala Lumpur DAP convention today, adding that DAP is “not afraid to go on our own if needed”. Although he did not name any party or individual, it is understood that he was referring to PAS and its president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang.
The Selangor Menteri Besar crisis which dragged on for months opened up differences between PAS and its Pakatan Rakyat partners DAP and PKR. At the height of the crisis, Hadi went against the decision of his party central committee, which had earlier endorsed PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as the only candidate for the state MB post.
He had submitted several names to the palace, which was contrary to the stand of PKR and DAP which had only put in Dr Wan Azizah’s name. Eventually, the palace picked PKR deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali as the new menteri besar. Lim said today the future of Pakatan does not hinge on the fate of opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, who is facing jail for allegedly sodomising his former aide.
“It does not make any difference whether Anwar is around or not, if there are parties in Pakatan who do not fulfil its commitments or pledges. “What’s the point of Anwar being free and is with us if we have a component party that cannot walk the talk, cannot fulfil its promises and hold on to its commitments?” he asked.
He said DAP is willing to go it alone if the issues facing Pakatan was not resolved. “DAP is holding on to its principles, which we have fought for since 1966 and we are not afraid to go on our own if needed,” he said, adding that Anwar would agree that Pakatan’s survival depends on all three allies holding on to their promises and commitment.