Monday, June 08, 2009

Nizar: There will be no talks with Umno

Malaysiakini reports:

Highest-grossing PAS central working committee member, Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin believes that the mooted unity talks with Umno will not take place.

According to the ousted Perak menteri besar, the matter was not discussed by the delegates at the muktamar although it was mentioned by party president Abdul Hadi Awang.

“Personally, I feel the unity talks would not go through. Unlike Umno, what the PAS president had said should not be viewed as party policy.

"This matter have yet to be discussed extensively and I think it would not fall through,” he said.

Asked whether Abdul Hadi's views and PAS spiritual leader Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat's opposing views is seen as a conflict within the party, Nizar said he does not think so.

“As I've stated, this (unity talks) is not a majority view held by the party. It is not deliberated by the delegates in this muktamar and this should not be viewed too seriously.

“The mainstream media may be focussing on the issue as they may find it favourable to them (Umno and Barisan Nasional),” he said.

On Friday, after delivering his policy speech, Abdul Hadi, who won uncontested, reiterated that PAS will continue to encourage dialogues with all parties including Umno and added that Pakatan Rakyat coalition partners - PKR and DAP - were quite receptive to the idea.

“(It is) not just members of Pakatan who support us fully but also members of Umno, who want our cooperation to work together in solving the problems confronting the country,” Abdul Hadi had said.

However, in an immediate response, DAP stalwart Lim Kit Siang refuted that Pakatan partners have agreed to unity talks and this was confirmed by PKR deputy president Syed Husin Ali yesterday.

Last night, Nik Aziz also rubbished the proposal. He was adamant that the Islamic party should not even be thinking such an idea.

"The call to have a unity government with Umno is ridiculous," he told the ceramah at the Malawati Stadium last night.

Filing for leave either tomorrow or Tuesday

Nizar also commented that his lawyers will likely be filing his appeal application to the Federal Court either tomorrow or Tuesday.

“So far we have only obtained (High Court) justice Md Raus (Sharif's) judgment on Friday. We are still awating (Court of Appeal) justice Zainun Ali's judgment,” he lamented.

The ousted Perak MB had earlier complained that without the written judgment from the appellate court, it would make it more difficult for him to file his appeal.

Nizar also said his lawyers have been working day and night since Friday to draft the questions to be submitted to the apex court for the leave application.

He also asked reporters on how they felt about the events so far regarding the Perak takeover by BN.

“I am sure many Malaysians feel the same way that the Perak assembly should be dissolved to end the stalemate,” he told them.

During the debate of motion against the teaching of science and maths in English, Nizar said he and other PAS members had filed a suit against the Education Ministry and its minister to stop the implementation.

“The matter has been fixed on June 5. I fully support the motion as all progressive societies in the world has so far used their own mother language to advance.”

“We should be steadfast in the support of Bahasa Malaysia in the teaching of science and maths as from our feedback, the teachers are now teaching 'Bahasa rojak' (a mixture of both English and BM) when teaching the subjects.”

This, he said, will lead to confusion among the pupils. He also argued that students in the rural area would be in a disadvantage in learning the two vital subjects.

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