KUALA LUMPUR: PAS is confident that family members affected by the Memali incident in 1985, which claimed 18 lives, have put the incident behind them after the Islamist party decided to form a political cooperation with Umno.
PAS secretary-general Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan said that Memali villagers and Baling Umno members had even conducted joint programmes together since early this year.
"We made the conclusion based on the feedback from our members at the branch level; that they have accepted it.
"The Memali incident had happened, and it should be seen as fate (takdir), and as Muslims, we have to accept it," he told a joint press conference with Umno on the eve of the two-day meeting called “Himpunan Penyatuan Ummah” (Ummah Unity Gathering).
Takiyuddin was asked whether PAS supporters involved in the Memali incident have forgiven Umno.
In the incident, 18 people, among them four policemen, were killed and many others were injured after the police launched an operation to arrest a religious teacher, Ibrahim Mahmud, who was popularly known as Ibrahim Libya.
According to media reports, the clash between the police and the villagers of Kampung Memali occurred when the residents tried to prevent the arrest of Ibrahim under the then Internal Security Act (ISA) for allegedly having engaged in deviant teachings.