PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang said the Islamist party plans to include Umno in the two states it currently rules, adding that they will make a public announcement in the near future.
“Wait for it. We will look at the latest developments. There are definitely plans (to include Umno). We are family,” he told a press conference after the Umno-PAS charter was signed at Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) here yesterday.
Hadi said the cooperation between the two parties was one that was mentioned by PAS’ late spiritual leader Datuk Seri Nik Aziz Nik Mat.
“Taawun (cooperation) was a phrase discussed by Nik Aziz because of the cooperation we had in the 70s in the form of tahaluf (coalition). We need to introduce a new approach, which is cooperation. That was discussed by the (PAS) Syura Ulama Council when Nik Aziz was alive.”
The last time Umno and PAS cooperated was during the 1974 general election when PAS candidates contested under the Barisan Nasional banner.
Present with Hadi Awang during the press conference were Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan, PAS deputy president Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man and secretary-general Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan.
On seat negotiations for the next general election, Ahmad Zahid said it was premature to discuss such details.
He said Umno is still preparing to reach out to grassroots members to explain the new alliance with PAS.
Hadi added, “most importantly, we should work towards attracting the people to support us first”.
Ahmad Zahid, who is Barisan chairman, said its component parties – MCA and MIC – have no objection towards the new-found political alliance.
“Although we (Umno, MCA, MIC) have discussed this, we will officially speak about it in a Barisan supreme council meeting at the soonest,” he added.
However, the presidents of both MCA and MIC were notably absent from the two-day Himpunan Penyatuan Ummah event, which began at PWTC on Friday.
Ahmad Zahid also said a negotiations committee and a technical committee will be formed to iron out details for its newly signed charter and a memorandum of understanding between PAS and Umno.
The charter was signed yesterday, formalising the cooperation between the two biggest Malay-based parties in Malaysia.
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