PAS spiritual leader Datuk Seri Nik Abdul Aziz joined an all-star ceramah session last night as Pakatan Rakyat stepped up efforts to wrap up the by-election and bag the win.
Nik Aziz went straight for the Barisan Nasional (BN) jugular and mocked prime minister and BN president Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s decision not to allow former communist leader Chin Peng to return to Malaysia, describing it as hypocritical.
“Chin Peng wants to come back and somebody asked me what I thought about it so I said if BN wants to reject the communists, then the same can be said about nationalists,” he said.
The statement was made in reference to his belief and past statement that Umno should replace its nationalist trait with Islam as the main ideology.
Nik Aziz, who vehemently opposes the “cooperation with Umno” idea supported by some of his own party members, had stated in the past that the Islamist party will only work together with its rival if the latter discards its nationalist ideology.
But judging by how the charismatic PAS leader pounded BN last night, this “cooperation” is a long way off.
BN was accused of total evil, reigning with treachery, manipulation and corruption. He urged Penanti voters to rise against the BN rule and vote for PKR candidate Mansor Othman this Sunday.
The other big names at the ceramah were Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim who also asked voters to send a strong signal to BN.
He also blasted BN for their decision to contest in Manek Urai, slamming the decision as a reflection of their arrogance and hypocrisy.
“When they did not want to contest at Penanti, they said they wanted to focus on improving the country’s economy and not play the political game supposedly created by me.
“But it seems that the economy of the country, in fact the world, has been solved since BN now has the time to contest there,” he said.
The Manek Urai by-election in Kelantan will be the seventh since the March 8 polls. The state seat was vacated following the death of its assemblyman, Ismail Yaakob.
Also present at the ceramah was PKR vice-president Azmin Ali.
Geronimo's take: These bunch of UMNO blokes are funny fellas. Our uno numero said that there is no place for communists in this country, and yet we have the Chinese (read communist) embassy located here in Jalan Ampang. Our fomer 'mamak' pm was also seen hugging Fidel Castro when on a visit to the country. Hey doesn't this mean communism is okay here. Secondly, Zahid said that Chin Peng had killed too many in the armed forces and it would upset the families should Chin Peng be allows to return home. Aw, come on Zahid. The Japanese who colonised us and later the British, have done more harm than good than Chin Penang. How come you fellas go a-begging to the Japanese and English for trade when they too killed many family members of the armed forces. At least Chin Peng (and his men) fought to get the British out of the country. That much we owed to him. Chin Peng is now a lonely man. Many of his colleagues are dead or have been rehabilitated. He doesn't even have a family for support, and it is not much longer he will soon meet his maker. You UMNO fellas are Muslims and by right, you should show more compassion than anybody else. Let it go. What happened was another time and another place. Furthermore how can the rakyat trust this government when they can breach an agreement of terms that had already been agreed upon and signed in Haddyai.