TANAH MERAH, Feb 4 2017 : Cooperation between Umno and Pas in forging unity among the ummah should involve the participation of members at all levels in both parties, said Kelantan Umno liaison chairman Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed.
He said unity of the ummah at the grassroot was crucial in efforts to unite and further strengthen unity of the Muslims in the country.
“It is meaningless for us at the highest level to cooperate, but we forget to set aside the differences at the grassroot, at the village level, there is still animosity,” he said.
He was speaking to reporters after opening a leadership course for Kelantan under-graduates here today.
The programme was attended by about 200 graduates from several public universities. Also present was Kelantan Graduates Association (Himsak) president Mohd Faizal Daud.
Yesterday, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak when flagging off the ‘Food Flotilla for Myanmar’, a humanitarian aid mission for the Rohingya in Myanmar, said the mission also reflected the solidarity of the ‘ummah’ in Malaysia as representatives from Umno and Pas were also in the mission.
Also present at the event was Pas deputy president Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man.
Mustapa, who is also an Umno Supreme Council member, said the presence of Umno and Pas leaders at the event yesterday reflected the sincerity of both parties to cooperate in upholding Islam.
Meanwhile, in KOTA BHARU, Pas vice-president Datuk Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah. said the party has yet to decide on a political cooperation or ‘tahaluf siyasi’ with Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM).
He said the two parties met last Wednesday to discuss the matter, but nothing was finalised.
“Any decision on the matter will be decided by the party’s Syura Council. The outcome of the discussion and suggestions by PPBM at the (Wednesday) meeting will be discussed by the council before taking the next course of action,” he told reporters after opening the Panchor Mini Darul Niswah here today.
Last Wednesday, PPBM deputy president Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir met Tuan Ibrahim to discuss on possible political cooperation involving the two parties. – Bernama