Malaysia GE13: PAS' Hadi Awang claims Marxist, drug dealer among PKR candidates
MARANG (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS) is going up against its Pakatan Rakyat partner Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) in seven seats to "save" the pact, said PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang.
Mr Abdul Hadi claimed his party found some of the candidates fielded for the May 5 polls by PKR in the said seats had moral issues while some "subscribed to Marxism".
"PAS wants to save Pakatan because we do not want the same incident in Perak to happen again, where we could only rule the state for a short period because some members defected.
"We received information that one of the candidates was a drug dealer who sold methamphetamine. We (PAS) cannot work with such candidates.
"We also know of one candidate who subscribes to Marxism and has posters of Karl Marx, Joseph Stalin and Vladimir Lenin at his operation centre. I will not mention who it is but PAS cannot work with people like this," said Mr Abdul Hadi at a ceramah in Kg Tebakang here late Sunday.
He added that PAS had also made a last-minute decision to field a candidate in Panti, Johor when the PKR candidate only turned up 10 minutes before nomination process was over.
"We wanted to prevent Barisan Nasional from winning uncontested so we stepped in with our own candidate," he said.
Mr Abdul Hadi, however, said PAS had no problems teaming up with PKR and Democratic Action Party (DAP) in Pakatan and insisted it was merely "saving" the coalition.
"We have no problems with Pakatan but we simply cannot accept these sort of candidates," he said.
Besides Panti, PAS is facing off with PKR in the Labuan parliamentary seat and the state seats of Sungai Acheh, Kota Damansara, Kota Putera, Seberang Takir and Bukit Besi.