Pakatan Harapan open to PAS joining coalition, says Mukhriz

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  • Tuesday, 16 Jul 2019

ALOR SETAR: Pakatan Harapan is open to the idea of PAS joining the coalition for the unification of Muslims in the country, said Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) deputy president Datuk Seri Mukh­riz Mahathir.

He said any effort to unite the ummah was a good move though it was hoped that PAS would not impose various conditions that would sideline other races.

“We are always open but whatever it is, we have to be tolerant; we can’t say that we want to unite the Muslims and at the same time, we isolate other races,” said the Kedah Mentri Besar after closing the state-level Maqasid Syariah programme here yesterday.

On Friday, Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) vice-president Datuk Husam Musa invited PAS to consider the offer to join Pakatan if they did not want their 60 year-long struggle to overthrow Umno to be in vain.

Meanwhile, Mukhriz said Bersatu was also focusing more on the involvement of Umno members in Pakatan to strengthen the existing government as well as to increase the number of Malay Muslim MPs in the Dewan Rakyat.

“We have to show kindness and set aside differences; I think it is for the benefit of everyone,” he said.

Earlier in his speech, Mukhriz said the Maqasid Syariah’s message and approach integrated with the Sustainable Development Goals by the United Nations were in line with the values of all people, irrespective of their religion or race.

“This is because the essence of the inclusive and dynamic elements of the Shariah Maqasid are in harmony with human nature, not only for Muslims, but for everyone,” he said. — Bernama

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