KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 19 — The attacks by PAS against Umno of late is only a tactic by the party to deviate the people’s attention from its problems with its allies in Pakatan Rakyat, Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said.
He said it was a tactic by PAS to avoid the people from questioning the party for not discussing the hudud and the statement by PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar on religious freedom at the party’s recent assembly.
“Before this, they (PAS) also call us (Umno members) infidels, that our president is the Pharaoh. They also say our that president and prime minister rears pigs.
“They also say that Umno supporters will not go to heaven, but because of the internal problems between PAS, DAP and PKR, their leaders’ statements contradict one another, so they have to deviate the people’s attention to Umno and Barisan Nasional,” he told a media conference after a mass circumcision programme organised by the Batu Umno division here today.
Hishammuddin (picture) said this in response to the latest accusation by PAS spiritual leader Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat that Umno was akin to “an apostate”.
Hishammuddin, who is home minister, said with the approaching 13th general election, there would be more personal attacks by PAS against Umno leaders.
Hence, he called on Umno members to not be easily influenced by the political hatred being sowed by PAS against their own leaders. — Bernama