KUANTAN: PAS and Umno are still in a political cooperation and not an official coalition, says Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang.
The PAS president explained that both parties were moving forward in stages and most importantly, must reach an understanding before signing any agreements.
"We are siblings and can't get married," he quipped when asked whether this meant PAS and Umno were engaged.
"Taawun is cooperation, tahaluf is coalition. At this point, it is still taawun. We will have to look at the conditions before signing anything," Abdul Hadi told reporters at the end of the 65th PAS muktamar here Sunday (June 23).
He was responding to questions on the motion that was passed for the Islamist party to seal a political agreement with Umno.
The motion, which was tabled by Dewan Ulama information chief Mohd Asri Mat Daud on Saturday (June 22), received unanimous support from delegates.
Abdul Hadi said the motion allowed all manner of partnership including taawun and tahaluf.
He also said taawun was possible with any party, including MIC and MCA.
Asked about concerns raised by members on working with Umno, Abdul Hadi dismissed them, saying that these were "isolated".
Earlier, four guidelines were outlined by party deputy president Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man to be observed in their political cooperation with Umno.
He said any policies on cooperation could only be decided by a primary committee after getting the blessings of the central PAS leadership and the syura council.
"Secondly, the state, division and branch levels of the party are allowed to hold joint programmes with Umno for the unity of the ummah (society). These programmes do not involve policies.
"Thirdly, we cooperate under mutual respect between both parties. This means PAS members cannot be involved in internal matters of other parties, such as officiating their meetings.
"We are also not allowed to be special operators for other parties to avoid misunderstanding among members," said Tuan Ibrahim.
The fourth guideline was that PAS leaders and members would be allowed to fulfil invitations to partner parties' events such as ceramah, forums and lectures.
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