Who will be the Prime Minister if PAS-UMNO alliance of klepto-theocracy wins the 15th General Election – Najib again or Hadi or Zahid Hamidi?

Who will be the Prime Minister if the PAS-UMNO alliance of klepto-theocracy, to be finalised tomorrow, wins the 15th General Election in 2023?

Will it be Datuk Seri Najib Razak again, with his 43 corruption charges hanging over his head and his notoriety as a global kleptocrat, saving him from spending the rest of his life in Sungai Buloh Prison?

Are Malaysians going to have “Malu Apa BOSSKU” back again as the tenant in Sri Perdana in Putrajaya and their Prime Minister?

Will the 15th General Election rescue Najib from the 1MDB scandal, paving the way for the return of Tan Sri Mohamad Apandi Ali as the Attorney-General with the country poised for even greater 2MDB, 3MDB and 3MDB scandals?

Even more “exciting”, the country will be back under the control of the international fugitive from justice, the “pro-Malay, pro-Islam” Jho Low, who will return to Malaysia in a blaze of glory – the Chinese who will be controlling Malaysia through his control of “Malu Apa BOSSku”!

But the “1MDB Man” is not Najib’s only notoriety. In fact, Najib is responsible for the greatest lies in the history of Malaysia – that the DAP is anti-Malay, anti-Islam and anti-Malaysia, that I am the Devil-in-Chief in Malaysia.

Other toxic Najibisms are to be found at recent UMNO General Assemblies, during and after the 14th General Election, including the wild allegations that I was a communist; a stooge of foreign powers; that I dominated Pakatan Harapan and made other leaders like Mahathir, Anwar Ibrahim, Wan Azizah, Muhyiddin Yassin and Mohamad Sabu my stooges and puppets; that I wanted to be Prime Minister; that the Pakatan Harapan Government was adopting the DAP’s Christianisation agenda – and the latest, that I am angling for a position in the Cabinet!

All at the same time, I am accused by MCA and Gerakan opportunists and desperados of having becoming a “running dog” selling out the rights, interests and future of the Chinese - but nobody is the wiser as to how this circle could be squared!

Let me state categorically and unequivocally that in the 53 years that I have been in Malaysian politics, the thought of my becoming Prime Minister of Malaysia had never entered even once into my mind.

Those who spread the lies that DAP has a Christianisation agenda are mere mischief makers who want Malaysia to fail as a nation. It really beggars belief that DAP and I want to do away with Islam as the official religion and bring about a Christian Malaysia, when I am not even a Christian!

Again, let me state categorically and unequivocally that for the past 53 years, no such Christian agenda had ever been raised in any DAP meeting, whether national, state or local - including the DAP National Congress.

DAP’s position on Islam as the official religion is clear and unequivocal, as we have many a time expressed full support for this basic constitutional provision in the country.

It was a major objective in the former Pakatan Rakyat coalition and in the present Pakatan Harapan Government.

Or will the post of Prime Minister if PAS-UMNO alliance of klepto-theocracy wins the 15th General Election go to the PAS President, Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang, who killed Pakatan Rakyat by vetoing the nomination of then PKR President, Datuk Seri Dr. Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, for the post of Selangor Mentri Besar to replace Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim in August 2014?

I remember that I gave a talk to a PAS forum in Malacca 19 years ago in June 2000, and I posed the following questions:

  1. Was PAS compatible with Democracy.
  2. Was PAS compatible with pluralism.
  3. Was PAS compatible with human rights.
  4. Was PAS compatible with cultural diversity.
  5. Was PAS compatible with women’s rights, the principle of equality for women including women’s access to public office and public life.
  6. Was PAS compatible with development and modernity.

In the early years of Pakatan Rakyat from 2008 to 2013, PAS campaigned on a platform of “PAS for All”, demonstrating that it represents a political Islam compatible with the six objectives I had asked in 2000.

But in 2004, Hadi’s PAS leadership opposed Wan Azizah’s nomination as Selangor Mentri Besar on the ground that she was a woman, leading to the eventual death of Pakatan Rakyat as a coalition of DAP, PKR and PAS which as formed in 2008.

Now, Hadi’s PAS leadership supports the thesis that a corrupt Muslim leader is better than a clean, honest and non-corrupt non-Muslim leader and together with UMNO leaders, are disseminating lies, falsehoods, fake news and hate speech to pit race against race and religion against religion. As a result, are we having Shariah-compliant lies, falsehoods, fake news and hate speech!

Hadi had forgotten what he had admitted publicly, that it was DAP which had defended PAS when the Kelantan government fell to Barisan Nasional in 1978, causing chaos within the state.

Barisan Nasional, that was working with PAS then, did nothing to help PAS and only DAP defended PAS.

Or will the present UMNO President, Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, the King of Corruption Charges with 87 charges hanging over his head, going to be the Prime Minister of Malaysia if the PAS-UMNO alliance of klepto-theocracy wins the 15th General Election?

I had mentioned the alliance which will be finalised tomorrow as a PAS-UMNO alliance and not UMNO-PAS alliance, as it is clear that it is PAS which will play the role of the “Big Brother”.

In the past few months, it is the UMNO leaders who had been singing praises of the PAS leaders and not the other way round, as UMNO leaders are hoping that the alliance with PAS will provide UMNO with life support.

It is more than a fortnight but I am still waiting for an answer from Zahid as to which political party was suffering from “political gangrene” and got “booted out of power in the 14th General Election on May 9, 2018”, although the then Prime Minister and UMNO/BN President as well as the entire Barisan Nasional leadership had expected not only to regain the mandate to govern, but to recapture two-thirds parliamentary support?

Furthermore, I had asked Zahid why he had gone on “garden leave” as UMNO President on 18th December 2008, after he had referred to “punishing” conditions imposed on UMNO and the humiliation it suffered in a number of meetings he attended, where he not only faced rejection and insults, but even “humiliation, as if Umno was as unclean as the faeces of animals deemed haram”; and why did he end his “garden leave” as UMNO President on 30th June 2019 after he accumulated a total of 87 corruption charges?

So who is the Prime Ministerial candidate for the PAS-UMNO alliance of klepto-theocracy – Najib again or Hadi or Zahid? Or they don’t dare to talk about it and want to continue to mislead the people of Malaysia?

Lim Kit Siang MP for Iskandar Puteri