The “Marriage” Between UMNO And PAS Means The Two Parties Are Now One And The Same

The announcement by Acting UMNO President Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan that the party and PAS would form a committee and opposition caucus in Parliament finally confirms—despite years of denials by leaders from both sides—that the two are in an alliance.

Mohamad even went as far as to describe the alliance as a “marriage”. I had declared them “married” as far back as in the Seri Setia by-election in August 2018 after all the “courtship” that emerged after the fall of Pakatan Rakyat. But with the revelation of the deals that PAS leadership took with UMNO involving monetary compensation, it seems that this is less a “marriage” but a commercial arrangement involving a willing donor and willing recipient.

After months, if not years of colluding and enabling each other—UMNO and PAS are now essentially one and the same.

It is unclear what benefit, if any, the new arrangement will bring to the wider Malay community given that both parties have lately seemed more concerned with jockeying for political power, justifying alleged past wrongdoings and attempting to stir communal feelings.

The two parties have only provided tired rhetorics without any clear alternatives, and have whittled down to become more like regional rather than national parties.

Their former leaders, in contrast, including Dato’ Onn Jaafar, Tunku Abdul Rahman, Tun Abdul Razak, Dr Burhanuddin Helmy, Dato’ Ustaz Fadzil Noor and Tuan Guru Dato’ Bentara Setia Nik Abdul Aziz Mat, were towering Malaysians and Malays who upheld not only multiracial cooperation, but also the highest standards of integrity in public life.

The actions of today’s crop of UMNO and PAS leaders, as well as their so-called “marriage”, mean that both parties have turned their backs on the spirit as well as legacies of their former icons.

NIK NAZMI NIK AHMAD
KEADILAN CHIEF ORGANISING SECRETARY
KEADILAN CENTRAL LEADERSHIP COUNCIL MEMBER
SETIAWANGSA MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT

We Must Learn The Lessons Of Defeat From Semenyih And Cameron Highlands

Pakatan Harapan has suffered yet another by-election defeat, this time in Semenyih.

I congratulate Barisan Nasional on their victory. I also want to thank the Pakatan Harapan team in Semenyih for their hard work and hope that this setback will not dampen their spirits.

This is now the second defeat Pakatan Harapan has suffered and the first time we have lost a seat since the 2018 General Elections.

I have stressed many times that our government will succeed or fail based on our management of the economy, as well as our stewardship of the institutional reform process.

At the same time, the lack of clarity over our government’s goals, vision for the country and who will be its future leadership have also hampered our work. We must remember, we have agreed to the Pakatan Harapan consensus on this matter.

It has also weakened the confidence of voters in us. When leaders have no clarity and when there is no clarity who is leading, the county drifts and the people suffer.

This latest defeat highlights that we cannot afford to be complacent any longer, or avoid addressing the difficult questions and tasks ahead.
Pakatan Harapan’s leaders must tackle crucial questions over cost of living in a substantive manner.

It must also make government more responsive to the needs of the rakyat and combat corruption as well as impunity relentlessly. The promises outlined in our 2018 manifesto must be adhered to and realized as soon as possible.

Reform can and must be people-centred. That is to only way it will succeed.

Cameron Highlands and Semenyih are clear warnings for Pakatan Harapan: we must deliver or be voted out.

It is as simple as that.

NIK NAZMI NIK AHMAD
KEADILAN CHIEF ORGANISING SECRETARY
KEADILAN CENTRAL LEADERSHIP COUNCIL MEMBER
SETIAWANGSA MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT

Malaysia-Singapore Bilateral Issues

A number of bilateral issues have recently arisen between Malaysia and Singapore. These include the Seletar Airport’s Instrument Landing System (ILS) and ILS Approach Procedures as well as various outstanding maritime boundary delimitation issues.

Malaysia’s action in extending the Johor Bahru port limits is well within our rights as a sovereign nation and under international law.

Malaysia of course wants good relations with Singapore and everything must be done to ensure an amicable solution to these as well as other bilateral issues.

However, Singapore needs to respect Malaysia’s territorial integrity and sovereignty in order for this to happen.

Cooler heads must prevail. At the same time, mutual trust and respect are essential for our two countries to be able to move forward together.

NIK NAZMI NIK AHMAD
PAKATAN HARAPAN YOUTH LEADER
PARTI KEADILAN RAKYAT CENTRAL LEADERSHIP COUNCIL MEMBER
MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT FOR SETIAWANGSA

DPP’s Decision To Discontinue Black505 Case Appeal

I have been informed by my lawyers that the Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) has decided to discontinue the appeal to increase the RM1500 fine imposed against me under the Peaceful Assembly Act (PAA) 2012 due to the 2013 Black 505 rally.

The Court of Appeal had earlier dismissed the government’s appeal in January, which allowed me to contest in the 14th General Elections.

I am grateful that the DPP has agreed to do so as I have long believed that the time resources spent on prosecuting me over what was ultimately a peaceful rally could have been better used elsewhere.

Moreover, the Kuala Lumpur High Court also awarded me RM230,000 in damages for malfeasance in public office against the Attorney-General of the time and the government then. I was repeatedly charged after being acquitted by the Court of Appeal presided by Datuk Mohamad Ariff Md. Yusof (now Speaker of Dewan Rakyat), Datuk Mah Weng Kwai and Datuk Dr. Hamid Sultan Abu Backer that declared Section 9(5) PAA was unconstitutional.

I consider this matter closed and I hope the government will work together with Parliament as well as civil society to consider how the freedom of assembly can continue to be exercised peaceably and lawfully by all Malaysians.

NIK NAZMI NIK AHMAD
PAKATAN HARAPAN YOUTH LEADER
KEADILAN CENTRAL LEADERSHIP COUNCIL MEMBER
SETIAWANGSA MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT

The Launching Of My Book ‘9 May 2018: Notes from the Frontline’

Anwar Ibrahim launched my latest book, ‘9 May 2018: Notes from the Frontline’ yesterday at The Curve, Mutiara Damansara.

One Buck Short performed at the launch.

It is a book that tells about the journey from the fall of Pakatan Rakyat to the Pakatan Harapan victory in GE14.

This includes issues from the people on the ground as I campaigned in Setiawangsa and across the country as well as the compromises and tensions between different political parties and within KEADILAN towards the elections.

The book is published by Gerakbudaya Bookstore – SIRD and is available at major bookshops and online at Youbeli.com.