KUALA LUMPUR: The joint charter between Umno and PAS has been signed, marking the official political cooperation between the two largest Malay-based parties in the country.
The charter was signed on Saturday (Sept 14) during the two-day Himpunan Penyatuan Ummah (Ummah Unity Gathering) at PWTC, Umno's headquarters, and was witnessed by leaders and thousands of supporters from both parties.
Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang officially signed the charter at 12.30pm after addressing the crowd.
The last time Umno and PAS cooperated was during the 1974 General Election, when PAS candidates contested under the Barisan Nasional banner.
Umno's signing of a political pact with PAS could potentially give the country's largest Malay party a boost, following its devastating defeat in the 14th General Election last year.
Pakatan Harapan leaders have criticised the pact as championing Malay-centric interests and accused the cooperation of sidelining other races.