KUALA LUMPUR: PAS and Umno are free to form any form of alliance as this is a democratic country, says Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
“Let them be, if they want to unite, then let them unite. If they want to marry, then kahwin lah (marry lah).
“We are a free country. If (a man) wants to marry another man, it is not allowed yet. In other countries, maybe can,” he told reporters on the sidelines when asked to comment on the political cooperation Umno and PAS.
Asked if the Pakatan Harapan government is concerned that more states would fall to Umno and PAS, Dr Mahathir merely said, “We will see”.
He said that Pakatan Harapan also looks after the interest of the Malays.
“Except that we don’t shout. They (the opposition) try to separate the Malays from the other races – that is very bad for a multiracial country,” he said when asked on Pakatan's stand that there seems to be a “Malay wave” supporting Umno and PAS.
The Prime Minister added that Pakatan wants to make sure that there is equality and fairness for everyone.
“It should not just be equal without fairness. So we will look after the interests of the Malays and we have stated that we want equitable shares in the wealth of this country,” he added.
On Sunday, Umno deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan said the party will propose a unity government in the Barisan Nasional-ruled states of Pahang and Perlis as well as PAS-ruled Kelantan and Terengganu.
However, PAS is yet to agree on the proposal.
Mohamad said the proposal was made as it would provide a platform to showcase that the collaboration between Umno and PAS would work.
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