MUAR Oct. 24 - The proposal by Pas Spiritual Leader Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat for a Pas special general assembly to cleanse the party of pro-unity government leaders shows that Pas is facing a serious leadership problem, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said today.
Acknowledging that the Nik Aziz proposal was a Pas domestic affair, he said it nevertheless showed an obvious clash of opinions in the opposition party.
"This (Pas leadership problem) is serious. There is an obvious clash of opinions in Pas. Nik Aziz versus (Datuk Abdul) Hadi Awang versus (Datuk) Nasharuddin Mohd Isa versus Datuk Husam Musa,” the UMNO deputy president told reporters after launching the Edufest@Pagoh carnival here.
Muhyiddin, who is also Education Minister, was asked to comment on the proposal by Nik Aziz, who is the Kelantan menteri besar, in his blog http://www.blogtokguru.comcalling for the special assembly to change “two or three” problematic party leaders.
Nik Aziz had named the three leaders as Pas deputy president Nasharuddin Mat Isa, secretary-general Datuk Mustafa Ali and Selangor Pas commissioner Datuk Dr Hassan Ali, and said he was saddened that they did not heed the decision of the Pas general assembly in Ipoh last year which had rejected cooperation with UMNO.
Muhyiddin said Pas seemed to be united but it was actually not because of the two sides for and against the proposal for a unity government by Pas and UMNO.
"At the Bagan Pinang state by-election (in Negeri Sembilan on Oct. 11), the people knew that Pas was not united because of the many problems in the party,” he said.
Muhyiddin said UMNO, as party president Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had said in his policy speech at the party's general assembly earlier this month, was concerned over the disunity of Muslims in the country but many in Pas did not heed UMNO's efforts for a unity government.
The deputy prime minister dismissed the statement by Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim that the 2010 Budget was not comprehensive, saying the budget had taken into account all groups.
SOURCE: UTUSAN ONLINE, 25 OCTOBER 2009