KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 20 ― The quarrel between DAP and its one-time ally PAS over Budget 2016 has soared to a ridiculous level, so much so political observers worry if the two opposition parties can work effectively to check and balance the government.
This time, politicians from the Islamist party and political analysts say the DAP is acting illogically in faulting PAS for Pakatan Harapan's failure to block Budget 2016 from being passed at the first reading in the Dewan Rakyat earlier this week.
Any attempt to reject the government’s Budget would be futile without the cooperation of MPs from the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN), they said, adding that DAP this time was trying to shift blame for an impossible-to-execute move.
“DAP, Lim Guan Eng are making it personal by attacking PAS, blaming PAS for everything.
“Logically, how would have the opposition even succeed in blocking the budget without Umno-BN? You still don't have the numbers, so don't try and blame us,” PAS vice-president Datuk Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah told Malay Mail Online when contacted.
PAS ulama wing information chief Datuk Dr Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali At-Takiri said that DAP's latest attack showed that the secular party was willing to resort to “cheap political tricks” in order to discredit their opponents.
“Malaysians cannot rely on this kind of party to rule Malaysia. I am certain voters will teach DAP a lesson in the next general election for they have become arrogant,” the Kuala Nerus MP told Malay Mail Online.
PAS Ulama chief Datuk Dr Mahfodz Mohammad said that DAP should have been more mature and respected PAS' decision to refrain from voting against Budget 2016.
“DAP does not have a relationship with PAS anymore. So DAP has no right to blame PAS because PAS has its own stand on matters,” he said.
Political analyst Dr Faizal Hazis believes that both opposition parties were losing track of the real enemy which is BN, and that it would not not be surprising if they lose badly in GE14.
“This is a spillover effect from the feud between DAP and PAS which has been going on for a long time, and is also a manifestation of how divided the opposition parties are.
“For DAP to blame an opposition partner in this case is just plain stupid because it’s clear nothing can be done if they can't convince BN MPs to reject the Budget,” the associate professor with Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia’s Institute of Malaysian and International Studies told Malay Mail Online.
Chief executive for think-tank Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs Wan Saiful Wan Jan said that what was happening between PAS and DAP was “political drama”, and that both parties needed to get their act together and move on.
“PAS has to take the blame because by abstaining it shows that the opposition bloc is not united.
“But DAP also really needs to behave like adults, instead of trying to sideline PAS… the fact is the budget will be passed unless Umno votes against it,” he told Malay Mail Online.
On Monday, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng blamed PAS for Pakatan Harapan's failure to block Budget 2016 from being passed at the first reading.
Lim also accused the Islamist party supporting the Goods and Services Tax after it refrained from voting against the budget- which was passed with 128 votes in favour and 74 against.
There are only 71 MPs from Pakatan Harapan, excluding DAP’s Gelang Patah MP Lim Kit Siang who is suspended from Parliament, out of the 222-seat Parliament.
PAS has 14 seats in the Dewan Rakyat and out of the number, four were absent while the remaining seven abstained.
The DAP has also blamed PAS for the friction between the two parties, accusing the Islamist party's president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang of starting the “war” when he pledged to field candidates in all DAP-held seats in the next general election.