Hadi: We have plans to include Umno in Terengganu and Kelantan
(The Star) – PAS has plans to include its new political ally Umno in the two states – Terengganu and Kelantan – that it currently governs.
PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang said such plans will be unveiled to the public in the near future.
“Wait for the time to come. We will look at the latest developments. There are definitely plans (to include Umno). We are family,” he said.
Abdul Hadi was speaking to reporters during a press conference after the joint charter between Umno and PAS was signed at PWTC on Saturday (Sept 14).
At the same time, Abdul Hadi said that the cooperation between Umno and PAS was one that was discussed by the late PAS spiritual leader Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat.
“Taawun (cooperation) is a phrase that was discussed by Nik Aziz when he was still alive because of the cooperation we had in the 70s in the form of tahaluf (coalition).
“We need to introduce a new approach which is cooperation. That was discussed by the (PAS) Syura Ulama Council when Nik Aziz was alive,” he added.
The last time Umno and PAS cooperated was during the 1974 General Election when PAS candidates contested under the Barisan Nasional banner.
Also present at the press conference were Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan, PAS deputy president Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man and secretary-general Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan.
On seat negotiations for the next general election, Ahmad Zahid said it was too premature to discuss such details at present.
Ahmad Zahid said Umno was in the midst of reaching out to grassroots members to explain the new political alliance with PAS.
Hadi Awang concurred, saying that most importantly, both parties should work towards garnering support from the people first.
Ahmad Zahid, who’s Barisan Nasional chairman, said that its component parties – MCA and MIC – had no objections towards the newfound political alliance.
“Although we (Umno, MCA, MIC) had already discussed this, we will officially speak about this in the soonest Barisan supreme council meeting.
“So far, these two parties (MCA, MIC) have no objections at all,” he added.
Ahmad Zahid also said that a negotiations committee and a technical committee will be formed to iron out details for its newly signed charter and a memorandum of understanding between PAS and Umno.
The charter between Umno and PAS was signed on Saturday (Sept 14), formalising the cooperation between the two biggest Malay-based parties in Malaysia.