KOTA BARU, June 11 2009: PAS spiritual leader Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat today rapped party members who defended the proposal for a unity government mooted by PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang, and regarded them as Umno puppets.
He also disagreed with the party’s central election director, Datuk Mustafa Ali, who had called on all PAS leaders and those in the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) to cease issuing statements on the proposed unity government to avoid confusing party members.
“I cannot run away from the decision made at the PAS assembly in Ipoh last year, [which] was to support the Pakatan Rakyat.
“[But] those who support this unity [government] are Umno puppets, clear and obvious. The unwarranted call from PAS to form a unity government is [by] Umno puppets,” Nik Aziz told reporters at his official residence here today.
When put to him that the idea of the unity government came from Abdul Hadi himself, Nik Aziz said the statement did not reflect PAS’s desire.
“The president is a leader of an organisation, and [since] the decision is not made by the organisation, then it is his personal statement,” he added.
On Mustafa’s call for all leaders in the PR to stop issuing statements on the issue, Nik Aziz said there was no reason why they should do so.
“The differences in opinion do not come from PAS, but certain people in PAS are now feeling the heat and want the matter to be closed. How to close people’s mouths?” he asked. — Bernama