This might sound awkward, but if you ask the Pakatan supporters, PAS members harbour hopes that their ideologies will some day be implemented at the Federal level by their own leaders (only PAS members).
I am not making this up because even Sheih's recent blog entry is talking about strategies to make PAS the dominant party of Malaysia.
QUESTIONS MUKTAMAR PAS MUST PONDER
The election of PAS leadership is coming and when PAS members decide on the next leadership, I suggest that they must also decide on the future direction of their Party.
Under the coalition of Pakatan Rakyat, do you honestly think that DAP and nearly half of PKR's members and leaders will support the struggles of PAS ?
If the Ulama faction holds firm with PAS struggles such as the formation of an Islamic country (which we already are), then why is PAS sitting together in the same boat as DAP that refused to recognize Malaysia's status?
If truly the new strategy is to make PAS the dominant party of Malaysia and place their President as the new Prime Minister of Malaysia, will the de facto leader of Pakatan Rakyat - Anwar Ibrahim - agree to that ?
More interesting to me is the question of the support for Pakatan Rakyat now.
Are they supporting DAP and PKR only and not expecting PAS to lead the pact ? What will happen if suddenly PAS comes out on top if that is the case ?
Is PAS being kept at bay to fulfill someone's ambitions to be Prime Minister ? Is someone only riding on the support base of PAS to Putrajaya ?
Many questions PAS members must think about.
The trojan horse in PAS is not from UMNO or Barisan Nasional. This horse comes from within Pakatan Rakyat.
These trojan horses are riding on the strong foundations of PAS from the Malay and Muslim voters throughout Malaysia that can rival UMNO's loyal supporters and voters population.
Some call the new group in PAS the " Erdogans " - named after the moderate Muslim Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The young Erdogans are seen as moderate Muslims who are pushing for a more liberal and moderate Islamic ideology as well as compromising on many of their original objectives and struggles.
Whether or not the Erdogans are there to complement Pakatan Rakyat's pact if they win or they are truly pushing for their party to be the dominant one with their party's objectives, it is unclear at the moment.
Whatever it is, the young Erdogans and the Ulama Council of PAS must recall what their original objectives and struggles were.
PAS - PAKATAN COMPATIBILITY
Policies under Pakatan Rakyat will face a clash and a lot must be compromised someday if they are elected to govern our country.
When we compromise and agree unanimously on a subject, we must see what was washed away.
Is PAS compromising for Pakatan only while the demands of DAP and PKR stay on the table? Or are all 3 parties compromising on their respective party agenda to come up with a common policy?
The religion conversion issue involving Indira was one example of sweeping the problem under the carpet where all 3 parties cannot agree on a proper stand and decision.
Instead of coming out with a stand, they all came out and say they agree that the children must be returned to their mother (as though we don't know mothers are women and fathers are men).
WHAT MUST PAS DO ?
PAS of course must not only decide their next set of captains but PAS must also reconsider the direction of the Party.
The leadership need to alter the objectives and struggles of the party if they have changed course because confusion will occur among the members and their leaders like in Perak.
Just listen to what this man said.
I doubt the Ulama Council will accept such comments from a top leader who was at that time the Menteri Besar of a State.
PAS is in a state of confusion now. The trojan horse in PAS is not from UMNO or BN. It is from the person we all know but have kept denying.
Thankfully, in Barisan Nasional, we all compromise equally and come out together to share the same ideology and struggles.
Rationally, PAS should stay out of Pakatan even if they choose not to join Barisan Nasional - as advised by Tuan Guru Nik Aziz.
I stand corrected for this writing.
(Credits to Daylife, Guardian, Malaysiakini and NST for the photos)