Hadi reminds Zahid about joint-letter inviting PPBM to join MN

(FMT) – PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang has called for PPBM to be included as a member of Muafakat Nasional (MN), at a time when Umno has decided to cut ties with the party in the next general election (GE15).

Speaking to reporters at an event in Marang, Terengganu, today, Hadi reminded Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi that both of them had previously signed a letter inviting PPBM to join their pact.

“We have agreed before this. I and Zahid have signed (the letter) to invite Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin into MN,” he said. “That should be implemented. I can show you the letter.”

He also pointed out that Perikatan Nasional (PN) was a registered coalition, alluding to the idea that all Malay-Muslim groups should work together under the current government.

Asked repeatedly if PAS would continue its alliance with Umno, Hadi skirted the issue and said what mattered most was cooperation, not the name of the coalition they worked under.

He also referred to the previous statement made by PPBM secretary-general Hamzah Zainudin and his PAS counterpart, Takiyuddin Hassan, in which the two parties had decided to work together in GE15.

Hadi, the Marang MP, said there was no need to question PAS’ sincerity in its political cooperation, adding: “We have a lot of experience. We have cooperated with everyone. Just read the history of our alliances.”

Earlier today, Hadi said PAS would reject a cooperation that divided and strayed from the original goals of MN. He also urged all Muslim groups to join PN with PAS and PPBM.

His statement came after calls at the recent Umno general assembly for his party to state clearly where it stood, with Umno officially declaring its intention not to contest alongside Muhyiddin’s party.

At a separate event, when asked to comment on Hadi’s call, Umno vice-president Ismail Sabri Yaakob simply said MN meetings were still going on as usual.