By : MOHAMED HANIPA MAIDIN
On March 15, 2009 , Bernama reported that Kelantan Menteri Besar Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat stressed he was against the idea of a Barisan Nasional (BN)-PAS unity government as mooted by PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang.
"It's been tried before but did not work out. PAS was not appreciated in the coalition and I have many misgivings about this," he told reporters when met at the home of Nik Nur Madihah Nik Mohd Nor, 18, who scored 20As in last year's Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia examination, in Kampung Parang Punting, near here.
However, Nik Aziz said he was only expressing his personal opinion and that the matter needed to be deliberated at PAS' Muktamar (annual general assembly) in June.
Following the suggestion for a unity government by Abdul Hadi, Umno vice president Tan Sri Mahyuddin Yassin asked PAS to outline in detail what it had in mind.
PAS Youth or rather its deputy chief , Ustaz Nasharuddin Tantawi ( I was told that PAS Youth did not discuss the issue in its last meeting held in Kota Bharu ) voiced his support for the move saying it was timely.
Frankly speaking I am with Tuan Guru Nik Aziz on this issue. I really don’t understand why should have this issue appeared in the first place. Even if the idea is good, it is not a good time to throw such an idea.
As far as I am concerned , when Umno is in its weakest position ,PR leaders should refrain from making any statements which may be seen as giving some hope to this hopeless party.
The present scenario only suggests one thing that is the people want PR government and not a unity government. Period.