KUCHING: It is a betrayal of the highest order if speculation of an impending Pakatan Rakyat (PH)-PAS political alignment is true, which will result in the Islamic party’s entry into Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s government, the Movement for Change, Sarawak (MoCS) said yesterday.

The movement’s president, Francis Paul Siah, said PAS was rejected by Malaysians going into the 14th general election (GE14).

Francis Siah

“Even right-thinking Malaysian Muslims found PAS’ brand of political Islam too extreme in plural Malaysia,” he said in a statement yesterday.

He said the new alignment meant getting PAS into the government through the back door.

Siah said PH coalition partners, Parti Keadilan Sarawak (PKR), Democratic Action Party (DAP), and Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah), should quickly wise up to any such attempt by Dr Mahathir and PPBM to put PAS in power via undemocratic means.

“Any move to prioritise racial and religious interests and concerns for political expediency should be rejected outright by all.

“Again, I can only describe the purported major realignment of Malaysia’s political landscape, if indeed it is true, as a betrayal of the highest order on the part of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM), against PKR, DAP, Amanah and all Malaysians who supported PH in GE14,” he said.

Siah said such an attempt must not be allowed to succeed.