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Mahathir Tidak Layan Syarat?
By Kapal Berita
17/2/2001 11:36 pm Sat
Rencana ABC menyebut Mahathir tidak akan melayan sebarang syarat
Pas meminta perbincangan merangkumi pelbagai aspek perpaduan
nasional dan bukan hanya tertumpu kepada isu perpaduan Melayu.
Antara lain isu yang berbangkit:
S/U Agung PAS, Ustaz Nasharudin Mat Isa menyatakan syarat tambahan itu
kerana Mahathir mungkir janji dengan mendedahkan kepada umum keputusan
hasil pertemuan awal. Itu bukan semangat mencari perpaduan, tetapi
mencari kesempatan untuk mengaut keuntungan. Akar umbi PAS sedikit
bimbang kerana keris Umno memang telanjang dan tidak boleh duduk
bersama sebarangan. Tersilap langkah PAS akan tertikam walaupun sekadar
bertukar pandangan mengenai tajuk dan isu pertemuan.
(Tahun 1973: PAS dipujuk memasukki BN demi perpaduan
Tahun 1977: PAS ditendang keluar dari BN dan DUN Kelantan.)
WIRE: 02/15/2001 6:39 am ET
Malaysia's opposition wants Anwar issue in talks
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 15 (Reuters) - Malaysia's main opposition set conditions
on Thursday for talks with Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad's party,
demanding a solution to the fate of his jailed former deputy Anwar Ibrahim,
Parti Islam se-Malaysia (PAS), due to attend talks on Monday called by
Mahathir's United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), said it also wanted
to address concerns about the judiciary, the economy and democracy,
including the role of Islam in politics.
"PAS will specifically raise the issue of...Anwar Ibrahim's indictment and
offer suggestions to resolve the matter," Nasharudin Mat Isa,
secretary-general of the Muslim opposition party, said in a statement.
The talks were proposed by UMNO as part of efforts to rally support it had
lost since Mahathir sacked former deputy prime minister and finance
minister Anwar in September 1998.
Anwar's ouster, subsequent prosecution and jailing deeply divided Malays,
who represent Malaysia's majority ethnic group and form the bedrock of
Mahathir's power base.
It also wrecked the image of the police and judiciary, accused of
conspiring with Mahathir to frame Anwar, and brought forth an array of
allegations about economic and democratic abuses by his government.
Mahathir last month invited selected opposition parties for talks on Malay
unity, a move analysts saw as consolidating his position without discussing
the Anwar issue.
Anwar's own Parti Keadilan Nasional, led by his wife Wan Azizah Wan Ismail,
declined to join the talks.
Wan Azizah said ethnic Chinese and Indians should also take part in the
talks as they faced the same oppression as Malays under Mahathir's rule.
PAS, which rallied behind Anwar and won most of the support lost by UMNO,
accepted while insisting talks have a "national unity" agenda associated
with issues linked to his sacking.
"We are not interested in Malay unity talks, we are interested in national
unity talks as that is our mandate," Nasharudin told a news conference on
Officials said Monday's talks involve six representatives each from UMNO
and PAS with Mahathir leading the government side.
The prime minister has repeatedly said he would not consider any
preliminary demands by PAS over the meeting.
"There are no conditions to the talks," he said at the weekend.
Nasharudin said PAS's central working committee (CWC) had set the agenda.
"If they (UMNO) don't agree to any of these conditions, we have to get back
to our CWC to make a decision," he said.
Malays account for more than 55 percent of the country's 22 million
population, with Chinese and Indians making up some 30 percent and 10
From The Singapore Straits Times
Unity talks in doubt as PAS increases its demands
By Wan Hamidi Hamid
MONDAY'S much-awaited unity talks between Umno and PAS hung in the
balance yesterday after the Islamic party placed a new list of demands
before Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad's party.
In addition to discussing the release and retrial of Anwar Ibrahim and
the non-payment of oil royalties in Terengganu, the opposition party
wants the unity summit to be about:
PAS secretary-general Nasharudin Mat Isa said the additional
conditions were in response to an alleged breach of promise by Dr
Mahathir, as both parties were not supposed to make public the
decisions of their preliminary talks.
The Umno president on Saturday announced that next Monday would be the
day for both parties to meet to discuss unity issues.
He also explained the format and agenda of the proposed talks. He said
PAS was disappointed with such an attitude, claiming that it would not
contribute to the spirit of an amicable dialogue.
'I have sent a letter on this matter to my Umno counterpart, Tan Sri
Khalil Yaakob, and I expect a written reply as soon as possible.'
He said the second technical committee meeting between the two parties
would also be decided once PAS received the reply from Umno.
This latest development prompted rumours that the proposed talks on
Monday might be called off if both parties failed to reach an
'It might come to that end if Umno does not agree with our agenda for
the talks,' the PAS leader said.
PAS insiders said their leaders were caught off-guard when Dr Mahathir
made the announcement of the talks.
Although it was PAS that proposed Monday as the day for the talks,
some of the party leaders thought they needed more time to prepare for
PAS grassroots members were also worried about the proposed talks,
claiming the Islamic party leaders could be trapped again by Umno as
had happened in 1973, when PAS was coaxed into joining Barisan
And just four years later, in late 1977, PAS was kicked out from the
alliance and the Islamic party lost the state of Kelantan after ruling
it for almost 20 years.
Thursday February 15
PAS kemukakan empat isu, termasuk Anwar
8:58pm, Thu: PAS akan mengemukakan isu kepincangan badan kehakiman,
khususnya berhubung perbicaraan bekas Timbalan Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri
Anwar Ibrahim, dalam perbincangan dengan Umno Isnin depan.
Tiga lagi isu utama yang dicadangkan termasuklah hubungan antara kerajaan
Pusat dengan Kelantan dan Terengganu yang dikuasai PAS, penyalahgunaan dana
awam untuk menyelamatkan syarikat tertentu dan saranan Umno untuk
menggugurkan nama Islam pada parti itu.
Keputusan ini dicapai dalam satu mesyuarat biro politik parti itu semalam.
"Sebagai pembuka perbincangan, antara perkara yang disebutkan (dalam
perbincangan itu) adalah (untuk) mengembalikan semula hak royalti
(Terengganu) seperti yang sedia termaktub dalam perjanjian (dengan
Petronas)," kata Setiausaha Agungnya Nasharudin Mat Isa kepada malaysiakini
Beliau berkata PAS bertegas agar pertemuan itu dinamakan 'perbincangan
perpaduan nasional' dan menyifatkan kenyataan Presiden Umno Datuk Seri Dr
Mahathir Mohamad hujung lalu sebagai "high-handed" (angkuh).
Ahad lalu, Dr Mahathir mendedahkan butir-butiran penting, termasuklah
tarikh pertemuan pada 19 Februari depan, jumlah perwakilan seramai enam
orang bagi setiap parti dan isunya menyentuh perpaduan Melayu sebagai
sebahagian perpaduan nasional.
"Kenyataan beliau (Dr Mahathir) bahawa perpaduan nasional adalah sebahagian
daripada perpaduan Melayu lebih-lebih lagi lagi melukakan sebahagian besar
rakyat, khususnya penyokong PAS dan Barisan Alternatif," kata Nasharudin
Bagaimanapun menurutnya lagi, PAS tidak akan membelakangkan isu perpaduan
Melayu tetapi lebih mengutamakan isu-isu negara dan rakyat secara
PAS juga bercadang mengemukakan usul agar lidah rasmi parti itu Harakah
dibenarkan diterbitkan dua kali seminggu seperti sebelum dihadkan kepada
dua kali sebulan mulai Mac tahun lalu.
Parti Islam itu turut melahirkan rasa dukacita terhadap tindakan keras
polis ketika menyuraikan perhimpunan Barisan Alternatif di Sabak Bernam,
Selangor pada 10 Februari lalu dan di Kubang Pasu, Kedah semalam.
"Tindakan seperti ini bercanggah dengan semangat perpaduan nasional yang hendak dicapai (antara PAS-Umno)," katanya lagi.