How double standard can one be. While he was said to have done the right thing to talk secretly with PAS a few months back, Datuk Zaid can’t do it openly with PKR.

From The Star:

“We need to take this drastic action because Zaid’s action in attending functions and being seen with opposition leaders are against the party’s ethics.

“In such cases, we need to act tough. Umno is always consistent and we cannot be seen as practising double standards,” he told reporters after chairing the Umno supreme council meeting here.

The Star also reported that Zaid said he would speak to the press tomorrow.

From The Sun (July 20, 2008):

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi today admitted that Umno and PAS have been holding talks to address issues on Muslim and Malay unity.

“I’ve actually had these meetings already (but) they are still at the preliminary stages” said Abdullah who had over the past week side-stepped the issue by only saying he welcomed dialogues between the two parties.

Declining to state the date of the meetings, Abdullah said: “If you must know, we have met three times.”

“There’s no need for me to give you the details because you will end up speculating all kinds of things,” he said when asked what was discussed.

If that isn’t double standard – what is it then? Meanwhile the latest from Malaysiakini suggested that Anwar had talked to Zaid Ibrahim. But he left it to the former minister to decide.