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Is Guan Eng’s denial of DAP not orchestrating PAS’ entry into Madani gov’t not matched by action?

Publish date: Tue, 25 Jun 2024, 09:01 AM

SO, National DAP chairman Lim Guan Eng has surfaced to deny that the party with most MPs in the Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition is involved in talks to bring PAS into the Federal government.

Condemning those trying to manufacture the false impression as having deceitful intentions to tarnish DAP’s image, the former finance minister further called on those in the unity government to stop harping on rumours that will confuse the people in light of “the difficult Sungai Bakap by-election in Penang”.

“Otherwise, they will be no different from having their body in the unity government whilst their heart is outside,” philosophised the Bagan MP.

But action speaks louder than words given that Guan Eng was spotted engaging in a cordial chat with PAS president Tan Sri Hadi Awang while making a stop-over at the Perikatan Nasional’s (PN) campsite during Saturday’s (June 22) nomination day for the Sungai Bakap state by-election.

This was followed by a video clip aptly entitled “Calm Before the Storm: Exchange of Friendly Gestures among PH, BN Leaders on Nomination Day” which has left a staunch PH cybertrooper in limbo.

Among others, the video depicts Guan Eng and Penang chief minister Chow Kon Yeow mingling in an ‘extra-friendly’ manner with PAS top brass which include its deputy president Datuk Seri Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man, secretary-general Datuk Seri Takiyuddin Hassam and Kedah Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor.

In fact, the proliferation of such speculation stemmed from Communications Minister Fahmi Fadzil who claimed that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim had held numerous discussions with several leaders from the Islamist party, indicating on-going negotiations and considerations about PAS joining the unity government.

But such notion was shot down by Takiyuddin as “Fahmi’s own imagination and has nothing to do with PAS or political reality”.

“It’s clear that this is intended to confuse the public and create a bad perception of PAS, especially among voters in the Sungai Bakap state assembly who will elect a new representative on July 6,” the Kota Baharu MP pointed out in a recent statement.

“Therefore, PN members and supporters should not get caught up in the cheap politics and publicity of this PH (Pakatan Harapan) leader.”

It remains to be seen if action does speak louder than words but as some netizens smartly put it, “words are cheap” and that “politicians are professional actors” who can condemn each other in the Parliament in full view of the media but could also dine amid laughter on the same table during festivities or celebration of sorts.

At the end of the day, the cybertroopers are the ones engaging in the warfare for the benefit of their political masters.

Moreover, as another observant netizen noted, PAS has always been a friendly party to Anwar since 1997, hence nothing can be taken for granted for there is no certainty in politics.

Remember the age-old adage “the enemy of my enemy is my friend” or to paraphrase, “a friend of my friend is my enemy’”? - June 25, 2024

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