KUALA LUMPUR: The Umno and PAS cooperation will continue to celebrate the nation's diversity despite championing Islam and bumiputra rights, says Datuk Dr Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki.
"The heart of the nation is the Federal Constitution with Islam as the official religion but does not deny other religions," said the Umno Youth chief.
"The core race are the Malays but the Chinese, Indians, Kadazan and others are also heirs to the country," he said at the Umno and PAS Youth townhall session at Putra World Trade Centre on Friday (Sept 13). The event is held in conjunction with the Himpunan Penyatuan Ummah.
He said that other race-based parties such as MCA, MIC, Parti Ikatan and Berjasa understood the foundations on which this country was built upon.
"That is why we want a return to the 'original Malaysia' where Islam and the Malays are its core.
"But we respect multiculturalism and will not shed this Malaysian identity and value," he added.
He warned that certain parties will dig up the past rivalry between Umno and PAS in an attempt to derail the unity pact.
Asyraf urged Umno and PAS supporters to bury the hatchet instead of looking back at the past.
"Let us not look behind but make this Sept 13 and 14 as the start of a new beginning for Umno and PAS," he said.
Meanwhile, PAS Youth chief Khairil Nizam Khirudin said the unity charter to be signed by Umno and PAS is akin to the Medina Charter which was drafted by Prophet Muhammad.
He said the charter helped bring peace to warring tribal factions in the region while promoting freedom of religious beliefs of others.