KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 14, 2016:

The Pakatan Harapan opposition pact is incapable of defending the position of the Malays and Islam in the country, says a prominent Umno politician.

Cheras Umno division chief Datuk Seri Syed Ali Alhabshee also questioned whether the pact would be able to defend the Malays, claiming that PKR and DAP were parties that were responsible for triggering divisiveness among the Malays who were baited with racially-tinged political propaganda.

“Since its formation, PKR has not cared for the interests of the Malays while DAP is a racist party that has always doubted and challenged the position of the Malays in the country.

“The widening cracks among the Malays and Muslims are becoming more and more apparent with the Opposition’s political gaming, which is driven by the lust for power with the playing up of racial and religious sentiments.

“PH does not have any relation to the struggle among Malays as the collective is a political pact that is too frail and wants to gain power,” he said in a blog posting today.

He said this in response to PKR secretary-general Rafizi Ramli’s statement at a forum in Petaling Jaya last night.

At the forum, the Pandan MP said the Opposition pact had pledged to continue placing the interests and position of the Malays and Islam at the centre of its cause after admitting that the matter was not given due attention during the last election.

Syed Ali, who is the Federal Territories Umno Liason Committee secretary, added that Rafizi’s statement was merely a political gimmick that was meant to attract the attention of the general public.

He said this only meant that the Opposition had realised that the Malays had centred their support towards Umno as the ruling party.

“Since its formation, Umno had placed the position and future of the Malays at the core of its struggle while Islam would be defended.

“On the basis and confidence, Umno until today has been a large part of the way of living and culture for the Malays. Umno is the flesh and blood in the lives of the Malays.”

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