YB Karpal was being nice to say that Mat Sabu is an asset to Pakatan. As I posted in my FB last week, he is a liability to PAS (and Pakatan).
GEORGE TOWN: DAP national chairman Karpal Singh today called on PAS deputy president Mohamad Sabu, who is better known as Mat Sabu, to retract his ill-adviced remarks on the Bukit Kepong incident that happened on Feb 23, 1950.
Karpal said if Mat Sabu retracts his remark immediately, then he can arrest the negative political implications on Pakatan Rakyat from getting worse.
Speaking at a press conference in Air Itam, Karpal said Mat Sabu’s remarks, in which the PAS leader allegedly hailed the communist attackers as ‘independent heroes’, can be “very damaging” to Pakatan political prospects, especially with the general election around the corner.
He said Mat Sabu’s alleged remarks were also insensitive to the families of the victims.
“Mat Sabu should retract immediately and maybe explain his remarks.
“He should do it to assuage the feelings of families of those who perished in the attack.
“On whether he wants to apologise or not, I will leave it to his good senses,” said Karpal, the Bukit Gelugor MP during his constituency visit.
Umno finds reprieve in Mat Sabu’s Bukit Kepong remarks
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 1 — Whether or not Mohamad Sabu’s interpretation of the Bukit Kepong tragedy is accurate, it has opened the door for Barisan Nasional (BN) to go on the offensive after months of scrambling to control the fallout from inflation and the July 9 Bersih rally.
Despite Malays swinging back to the ruling coalition since Election 2008, Umno sees the recently-elected PAS deputy president as a “battering ram” that could yet break its hold on the majority race.