With the DAP accusing PAS of cosying up to Umno, the state PAS commissioner has defended the presence of several Umno politicians at a Hari Raya open house in Tasek Gelugor recently.
Two Umno division leaders, an MP and a state assemblyman had attended the open house.
PAS commissioner Muhammad Fauzi Yusoff said invitations had been extended to all leaders of political parties, including Umno.
“We have always invited them at state and division level,” he said. “They came this time. We also did not expect them,” he was quoted as saying by The Malaysian Insider.
Mohd Fauzi said invitations were also sent to leaders of DAP and PKR, the party’s former partners in the Pakatan Rakyat coalition. “We emailed the invitations. It is up to them whether to come or not,” he said, according to the report.
The DAP has frequently accused PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang of moving his party closer towards Umno, in the interest of securing Umno support for enforcing hudud criminal penalties in Kelantan, and of supporting Umno president Najib Razak against critics in his party in the continuing crisis about 1Malaysia Development Bhd.
Hadi and PAS have both denied the DAP’s accusations. The rift between the two parties has led to the collapse of Pakatan Rakyat as an electoral alliance, although members of all three parties continue to take part in the state governments of Penang and Selangor.
Mohd Fauzi said no ulterior motive should be attributed to the attendance of Mohd Zaidi Mohd Said (Permatang Pauh), Musa Sheikh Fadzir (Bukit Mertajam), Shabudin Yahaya, MP for Tasek Gelugor, and Omar Abd Hamid, the state assemblyman for Permatang Berangan.