I am trying to make sense of this. Pas has been widely seen as drawing closer to Najib-Umno these days, and Ibrahim Ali was seen around Mahathir until recently.
So why is Pas teaming up with Perkasa, when Mahathir is one of the most vocal critics of Najib?
Hadi is even calling for the release of 1MDB critics Khairuddin and Matthias who are seen as Mahathir supporters.
Is it a case of both Pas and Perkasa sharing a common dislike of DAP?
Or is Pas so desperate for allies now that it is willing to team up with right wing groups such as Perkasa – a shift further to the right for Pas and a move backwards to the Old Politics of race and religion.
Or is it a bit of both?
What happened to Pas’ ‘welfare state’ goal? Ditched after the ‘progressives’ left the party?
Are we heading to an Old Politics convergence of Pas-Perkasa and Umno now?
Earlier, Umno had heaved a collective sigh of relief came when Pas broke up with Pakatan. In a way, Umno contributed to that break-up by baiting Pas with the hudud flag. As soon as Pas broke up with Pakatan, little else was heard about hudud.
Will there now be attempts to create rifts within PKR and within DAP and among the new Pakatan Harapan partners?