‘Talks with PAS can start after Umno AGM’

Umno had never rejected any effort to help unite the Malays, says Muhyiddin Yassin, referring to calls for muzakarah between Umno and PAS. 

Lisa J. Ariffin, FMT

Umno deputy president Muhyiddin Yassin welcomed a muzakarah between the party and PAS to strengthen ties and reduce misunderstanding with the opposition party.

“Umno has never rejected any initiative or effort to help unite the Malays or Muslims and the people of Malaysia because unity has always been our vision,” Muhyiddin told a press conference here today.

“We place great emphasis on unity and we will always welcome an initiative to strengthen ties such as a muzakarah to find a common ground or reduce misunderstanding,” he added.

Muhyiddin said Umno had never rejected unity initiatives as “our intention is good and sincere”.

“If there is any party that shows interest, we will always be open and welcome their good efforts,” he said.

Muhyiddin then said prior arrangement was needed as the suggestion for a muzakarah was from PAS president Hadi Awang during the 59th PAS annual general meeting last month.

“A lot of people have asked us what we mean by discussion. What is the scope, when, and who will be attending the meetings?,” he said.

“That will be set in detail later including the issues to be discussed,” he said.

“If it can be arranged, then I am of opinion that a discussion after the Umno AGM will be appropriate.”