Today Malaysiakini confirmed the UMNO-PAS (Hadi faction) talks in Hadi: Yes, we had talks with Pak Lah.
I had highlighted Pak Haji Hadi Awang’s political difference with his party’s spiritual leader Pak Haji Nik Aziz's. The latter prefers to have nothing to do with the UMNO ‘snake’ but I think he's under pressure from his Terengganu counterpart to show PAS' 'unity' on this Pan-Malay talks.
Malay-Muslim unity is big to some people, especially in times of trouble affecting their taken-for-granted political-social-economic-cultural supremacy.
I recall immediately after the 08 March 2008 general election, when UMNO realized to its shock that it had lost Kedah, Perak and the really big kahuna (the powder keg that led to the May 13 riots in 1969), Selangor, the UMNO man in the (ironically) Bandar Tun Razak constituency called for 'Malay unity', and proposed talks with PAS and the Malay elements of PKR.
He must have obviously been sh*t scared of the very idea of ketuanan Melayu being imperiled, and f* those MCA, Gerakan and MIC
Since then there have been repetitive UMNO calls for Pan-Malay unity, with the (rancid) cream going to the Crown Prince of Kelantan, who in a speech on ketuanan Melayu had virtually slapped the face of his 2nd class non-Melayu subjects.
For more, read Kelantan Crown Prince 'slapped' non-Malays in face! where HRH claimed that Malays had been coerced into giving non-Malays citizenship, and therefore the latter should not seek equality or special treatment.
Anyway, on the call by UMNO Bandar Tun Razak for 'Malay unity', and proposed talks with PAS and the Malay elements of PKR, I suspect someone would have been smiling at the thoughts of having ‘talks’ with UMNO. But alas, PAS was the preferred partner for UMNO’s Malay unity gambit.
In fact Pak Haji Hadi Awang confirmed that talks between PAS and UMNO were held immediately after the elections, as called for by that UMNO bloke from Bandar Tun Razak.
Pak Haji revealed to Malaysiakini: "The first meeting held immediately after the elections was participated by Nasharudin, PAS central election director Mustapha Ali and Shah Alam parliamentarian Khalid Samad."
Wow! They certainly know the modus operandi of UMNO.
But Malaysiakini tells us that Husam Musa, PAS vice-president and obviously in Pak Haji Nik Aziz camp, slammed AAB's claim of having high level talks with PAS leaders.
Husam said AAB revealed that to "plant seeds of destruction in PAS."
Malaysiakini said Husam was pissed off with AAB’s use of the term ‘top leaders’. Husam was obviously reclaiming high grounds for Pak Haji Nik Aziz, perhaps in the shadow of a quietly creeping attempted coup d'état by the Hadi Awang camp?
Husam said that PAS is not owned by any leader no matter how high their positions may be.
We can see the Nik Aziz camp’s political preference in Husam’s criticism of AAB: "He is also trying to tempt the people to lose confidence in Pakatan Rakyat, hindering the post-12th general election agenda, and trying to distant non-Malay voters away from PAS (like the scenario) 40 years ago."
Malaysiakini reported that Husam stressed PAS will announce any political opinions/suggestions openly without keeping the people out of the loop, and UMNO may then accept or decline that suggestion.
Husam sure as hell doesn’t want UMNO to exploit the dearth of information on the two-party talks to UMNO’s benefits.
Husam stated that any suggestion shall be made "…without PAS being tied down to power sharing (arrangement) that indefinitely leaves PAS as the second fiddle."
… precisely the same feelings Pak Haji Hadi Awang has vis-à-vis Anwar Ibrahim and PKR.
Now, in my previous post I also commented that PAS is a political party that sometimes can’t make up its mind as to whether it’s an Islamic Party or a nationalistic (Malay) party.
Well, I can say the same for PKR, because yesterday I read in the Star article titled Open dialogue with all Malay groups, Umno urged, that Mohamad Fairus Khairudin of PKR and Penang’s Deputy CM, urged UMNO to invite all Malay organisations if it is serious about holding muzakarah (discussions) on Malay issues and Islam.
In fact he pointedly said that UMNO should be inviting PKR's Malay leaders, besides those from PAS.
Note his "PKR's Malay leaders" as opposed to 'PKR leaders', or even 'PKR's Malaysian leaders'.
He reckoned it would be an interesting development if all parties representing the Malays were able to gather at one table for discussion.
Interesting only? In fact I would dare say someone in PKR would be totally ecstatic, rapt, and in blissful nirvana.
Fairus of course chanted the agama dan bangsa mantra: “It is a big issue of finding common ground for the betterment of all Malays and Islam.”
And Fairus said these ethno-centric 'Malay unity' stuff at the same time as Penang CM Lim Guan Eng was asking PM AAB whether he was the PM for all Malaysians or only for Malays when he promoted secret PAS-UMNO talks?
Indeed, like Lim Guan Eng, I must ask PKR to make up its mind as to whether it’s a multi-ethnic party as it claims, or a nationalistic (Malay) party as demonstrated by an ethno-centric enthusiastic Mohamad Fairus Khairudin.
As I said, you can take the blokes out of UMNO but you sure as hell can’t take UMNO out those PKR blokes!