Persoalan itu timbul ekoran cakap-cakap yang mengatakan parti Islam itu akan menjalin kerjasama dengan Umno.
Iskandar berkata, kesalahan yang pernah dilakukan Umno sebelum ini tidak boleh dimaafkan oleh mana-mana pimpinan.
Katanya, kesalahan tersebut hanya boleh dimaafkan oleh pihak yang didakwanya pernah ditindas oleh parti pemerintah itu.
"Siapa yang boleh memaafkan kesalahan Umno? Sudah tentu bukan keputusan mana-mana pimpinan. Tetapi mangsa-mangsa kezaliman dan penindasan Umno itu sendiri.
"Mungkin juga keluarga-keluarga mereka jika mereka tiada lagi di dunia ini. Siapakah mereka? Ramai sekali," kata Iskandar dalam satu kenyataan.
ADUN Chempaka itu turut menyebut beberapa mangsa yang didakwa ditindas oleh Umno antaranya bekas tahanan ISA, mangsa peristiwa Memali, seluruh rakyat Kelantan dan Terengganu yang tidak mendapat royalti petroleum serta penjawat awam yang dipindahkan kerana menyokong pembangkang.
"Senarainya terlalu panjang untuk dinyatakan di sini. Tanya mereka terlebih dahulu sebelum mahu memaafkan kesalahan-kesalahan Umno," kata Iskandar tanpa menyebut nama mana-mana pihak.
Sebelum ini, Setiausaha Agung PAS Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan berkata, parti itu sedia memaafkan dan melupakan kesalahan Umno memandangkan ia sebahagian daripada ciri-ciri perjuangan mereka.
Malah, Pengarah Pusat Penyelidikan PAS Dr Mohd Zuhdi Marzuki pula berkata, PAS wajar membuka lembaran baru bersama Umno bagi mewujudkan kerjasama berkaitan perkara ketakwaan dan kebaikan serta tidak perlu mengungkit segala dosa dan kesalahan lampau yang dilakukan Umno. - mk
Forgiving Umno’s sins up to victims, not leaders
UMNO-PAS unity now seen to be on shaky ground...
To some analysts, PAS is now seen to be in a shaky position, with several statements being made allegedly to foster cooperation with Umno.
Even though PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang is seen to be “positive” towards the cooperation, the same cannot be said for his deputy, Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man.
In fact, PAS vice-presidents Idris Ahmad and Iskandar Samad had also echoed Tuan Ibrahim’s statements.
As such, political analyst Jeniri Amir argued that the current conflict within PAS may be due to members who do not wish to be smeared by the crisis facing Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.
Aside from 1MDB and the RM2.6 billion donation scandal, there are also several other issues involving the PAS Kelantan state government and Umno at federal level that was a factor in some of the leaders’ resistance against any form of cooperation.
“There will always be two factions in the party and especially now when BN leaders are seen to be tangled up in all kinds of troubles. The party grassroots are asking, is it true the cooperation is in the name of unity?
“What was done by Umno before this is seen to be unfair to PAS and the PAS state government, like in Kelantan on the issue of oil royalty. Some of them (PAS leaders) do not want to be seen as condoning those issues,” he said.
The lecturer at Universiti Malaysia Sarawak also believes that even though there are rumours of PAS cooperating with Umno, it would not become a reality.
“It is not possible (to cooperate). In order to forge a cooperation, PAS should consider views from the grassroots and there should also be sincerity.
“It is impossible (for the parties to unite) because they are like oil and water. The possibility to cooperate may be there but it will be difficult because based on past records and statements, they have always tried to cooperate but failed.
“If they really want to cooperate, Umno must be seen as a party that is truly fair in terms of executing all monetary policies and show their sincerity, before discussions are initiated,” he said.
Political analyst Mohd Agus Yusoff, meanwhile, said that the two parties must change its goals if they want to proceed with pursuing cooperation.
The two parties, he said, must stop spouting cliches such as fostering cooperation in the name of Malay and Islam and instead unite to jointly resolve issues affecting the rakyat.
“Highlight issues affecting the people and it must be for the people,” said Agus, a lecturer at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.
Crisis of confidence
When asked about the conflict in PAS, Agus said that what happened is linked to a crisis of confidence among the Islamist party’s grassroots towards Umno.
“They are not divided but the members do not have faith in Umno. They are worried because the cooperation does not seem to have a clear direction and is still restricted on issues such as hudud and support towards the government’s policies. It is as if there is a personal agenda,” he said.
At the same time, he noted that PAS members may be more open towards cooperation that is based on an agenda for the people.
A similar view is shared by Ahmad Atory Hussain who said that PAS must provide an explanation to members and leaders who does not share Hadi's views.
The former lecturer at Universiti Sains Malaysia, however, said he believes that all members will eventually abide by any decision reached by the party leaders.
“In this case there are party members who may not understand. But if the leaders can explain the real situation, I think they will be okay. The leaders must explain all that can be seen and what may not be seen by the members.
“The divide is undeniable. Even within Umno there are dissenting voices but not as loud as those of PAS. This system is more democratic because all members are allowed to speak without any hindrance,” he said.
Rumours surrounding a PAS-Umno unity move resurfaced after former PAS vice-president Husam Musa launched an ‘attack’ against party president Hadi Awang whom he claimed had intended to form a unity government with Umno after the 12th general elections in 2008.
The issue also reached its peak after Najib was invited to officially open the inaugural regional Al-Azhar Malaysia annual gathering 2015 and was seen to be wearing a pair of pink baju Melayu that matched Hadi’s.
At the event, Najib also reiterated his offer to forge closer cooperation with PAS, by quoting a verse from the Al-Quran that touches on the importance of unity.
As the issue was unfolding, Idris later stressed that the views of individual leaders cannot supersede the decision-making groups within PAS and any individuals who wish to unite with Umno should leave the party.- zulaikha zulkifli,mk
Dr. M attends Azmin'S daughter's wedding minus Wan Azizah...
PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali raised eyebrows in his party recently when he mentioned a special bond he had with former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed.
It is common knowledge that PKR die-hards have held a special contempt for Dr Mahathir, whom they blame for party de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s downfall from Umno and subsequent imprisonment from 1998 to 2004.
Some in the party were therefore aghast when Azmin, the Selangor Menteri Besar, talked about the special ties he had with Dr Mahathir in a speech during his eldest daughter’s wedding earlier this month.
Dr Mahatir as well as his wife Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali had been present as invited guests, along with the Sultans of Selangor and Perak.
During his speech, not once did Azmin mention Anwar's name, and this apparently raised the hackles of those who knew how tight the two men were.
Azmin was one of Anwar’s most trusted aides throughout his 16-year political career in Umno and both were instrumental in forming PKR.
So, to some in PKR, Azmin’s speech about his ties to Dr Mahathir was seen as a slap to Anwar, who was once his mentor but is now serving another term in Sungai Buloh prison on a second sodomy conviction, which PKR and supporters say is another political conspiracy.
Among some of Azmin’s biggest critics in PKR is Badrul Hisham Shahrin, more popularly known as Chegu Bard, who had once been suspended by the party but is now a full time member.
However, other observers have come to Azmin’s defence, claiming that Azmin’s primary mission remains freeing Anwar.
“I am confident that whatever Azmin does now has the blessings of Anwar,” said Professor Datuk Dr Redzuan Othman of the Darul Ehsan Institute (IDE).
“The main focus is on freeing him,” said Redzuan, who is vice-chairman of the Selangor government think tank.
Azmin’s name is among a list of individuals who are barred from meeting Anwar in Sungai Buloh, according to Redzuan. The last time the PKR deputy president visited Anwar in prison was before Hari Raya Aidil Fitri.
The absence of Anwar's wife, Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail at Azmin's daughter's wedding was also noticeable, but a source who attended the event said this was because Dr Wan Azizah was ill. Anwar's family was instead represented by his brother Rosli Ibrahim, and the jailed leader's daughter Nurul Iman.
The source said not to make too much of Azmin's sentimental words towards Dr Mahathir, as it was only natural for the host of a wedding to address the VIP guests in attendance.
Another analyst, Mohamad Hisomuddin Bakar from the think tank Ilham Centre said that though PKR have many factions within, all of them were united behind the common goal to free Anwar.
"PKR's focus now, regardless of faction, is Anwar's freedom," Hisomuddin said.
Hisomuddin revealed that Anwar’s freedom was put front and centre in discussions between PKR leaders and detractors of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak within Umno.
“I was told that among the main conditions for any form of cooperation with Dr Mahathir or (Gua Musang MP) Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah to oust Najib is that Anwar must be freed,” Hisomuddin said.
Hisomuddin admitted that this aim would make civil society activists feel uneasy.
“Civil society’s aim is to work for the public good but PKR members are confident that Anwar’s freedom could also help them achieve that same aim.” - tmi