KUALA LUMPUR, May 13 — Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has questioned PAS’ lack of blame against Umno for not supporting a Bill seeking harsher Shariah punishments, subsequently blaming his party PKR instead.
The PKR de facto leader said today he was left baffled by what he called PAS’ excuses to cut ties with his party, saying that the reasons given were inaccurate.
“It is obvious that PAS leadership did not go through the statement by me and PKR president respecting Datuk Seri Hadi Awang’s right and proposing for the matter to be referred to a Select Committee,” Anwar said in a statement.
“Datuk Seri Najib Razak was the one who stressed that Umno-Barisan Nasional government will not bring the Act 355 Bill as a government matter, which means it will be die off. Weirdly, Umno was not blamed this time around.”
Act 355 refers to the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965, which Hadi aims to amend with a private member’s Bill.
Anwar also reiterated his wife and PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail’s assertion that the party has never betrayed the political consensus between the two.
On Thursday, PAS officially ended all links or cooperation with PKR, with the Islamist party’s powerful Syura Council deciding that the move was necessary in order to defend the party’s Islamic agenda.
The Syura Council accused PKR of breaking many terms of its conditional cooperation with PAS, failing to support the Islamist party in its Islamic agenda, and working against it in two by-elections last year.