WITH the lines clearly drawn in the battle for Bersatu between the Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Muhyiddin Yassin camps, its youth wing leaders have began publicising their not-so-friendly fire.

Bersatu youth wing Armada executive committee member Abu Hafiz Salleh Hudin held no punches in blasting deputy Youth and Sports Minister Wan Ahmad Fayhsal Wan Ahmad Kamal over the latter’s Facebook posting in which he appeared to criticise deputy president Mukhriz Mahathir’s call for the party to return to Pakatan Harapan.

“Ramadhan is a month of worship, a month of brotherhood. Stop this divisive politics. The country is facing the worst health and economic crisis in the modern history of Malaysia. Efforts and attention towards the people should be given priority. Let the Prime Minister steer us clear of this difficult situation first. To ensure the success of these efforts, the political situation has to remain stable. Have some patience. When the situation improves, if you want to battle, campaign, we enter the ring in a healthy manner.” – Wan Ahmad Fayhsal wrote.

Abu Hafiz responded by stating:

“Is this a reference to the Bersatu deputy president’s statement? Or has he failed to reflect upon himself?

“When there were hundreds of actions by the ‘government’ you support is none other than abnormal politicking at a time of crisis, where was your voice? When the practice of sackings within the party and government on political grounds happened, where was your ‘let us clear this crisis first’ statement?

“It is permissible and holy when you do it, but forbidden and bad when others respond? Which religious, racial or philosophical spirit are you riding on here?”

Abu Hafiz appeared to attack the “stop politics” narrative churned out by the Muhyiddin camp in response to mass criticism of his administration, marred by consistent fumbles by a number of minister, which had become the butt of jokes worldwide and the constant flip flop decision by the cabinet in their handling of the Covid 19 crisis.

Wan Fayhsal was part of the infamous Sheraton Move, that saw a rogue group of MPs crossover from Pakatan Harapan to align with Barisan Nasional, PAS and GPS to form the Perikatan Nasional coup coalition that is currently the federal government.

Wan Fayhsal is contesting the Armada chief against incumbent Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman in the impending Bersatu party elections.

Earlier, Mukhriz launched an attack on embattled Muhyiddin by questioning his stand as cracks appeared in the loose consociationalist pact that is Perikatan Nasional.