SEMENYIH, Feb 25 2019 : Umno and PAS will formalise their unity of the ummah (Muslims) agenda after the Semenyih by-election.
Umno deputy president Datuk Seri Mohammad Hassan said it was better for both parties to forge cooperation in a formal manner to achieve the agenda which he described as not being merely in terms of politics.
“The Umno and PAS collaboration currently is not formal. Therefore, at the highest level of both parties, we have agreed to forge a formal cooperation.
“We agreed to hold consultations and cooperation at the central level after the conclusion of the Semenyih by-election. Umno will be led by me personally while PAS by its deputy president Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man,” he told reporters during a visit to Kampung Sungai Jai, Beranang, here yesterday.
On Saturday, the media reported that Umno and Pas would set up a joint committee to strengthen the opposition block and as preparation to face the 15th general election soon.
Meanwhile in Melaka last night, PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang said in a speech that he was saddened by the scenario which unfolded during the 14th General Election (GE14) when the votes of Muslims and Malays were split in many ways.
“Islam can unite us all. With all the challenges we are currently facing, we need to unite. There is a limit to quarreling, as the same person (whom we quarrel with) may one day become our friend,” he added.
Umno secretary-general Tan Sri Annuar Musa, who was at the event in Bukit Katil said the two opposition parties were not merely entering a ‘marriage of convenience’ to unite the Malays and Muslims.
He said they would remain as their own entities but fight for the same purpose. Both parties, he said, were like ‘siblings’ who needed to be reunited after treading different paths for so long.
“PAS and Umno have often differed in views in many cases, but the struggle of both parties remains the same, which is to defend the dignity and interests of Muslims and Malays,” he said.
Also present were Melaka PAS commissioner Kamaruddin Sidek dan Melaka Umno liaison chief Datuk Seri Ab Rauf Yusoh. – Bernama