Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the charter, signed by the two biggest Malay political parties in the country, will benefit all Malaysians.
“The cooperation (permuafakatan) is one that is based on national cooperation, just like the Madinah Charter, which talks about both the relationship among Muslims, and between Muslims and non-Muslims.
“It’s not just a Malay political move,” he said in his speech before signing the Umno-PAS charter at Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) here yesterday.
“The cooperation is the best formula towards creating a harmonious country for generations to come.
“There should not be a rift (between Malays and Muslims), as history has shown that quarrels only lead to destruction,” he added.
Ahmad Zahid also thanked MCA and MIC for their loyalty to the Barisan Nasional coalition.
Among Barisan leaders present were MIC deputy president Datuk Seri M. Saravanan and MCA Youth chief Nicole Wong.
“These parties are our friends through thick and thin,” he said.
Meanwhile, PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang said non-Malays and non-Muslims should not be worried as justice is guaranteed and their rights enshrined in the holy Quran and the Federal Constitution.
PAS and Umno still have their doors opened to other races in the country’s political landscape, said Hadi, adding that this was in line with Islam which accepts a multicultural society led by a Muslim.
Hadi, however, decried the concept of a “Malaysian Malaysia”, saying that to abolish race is akin to “abolishing the sun and the moon”.
“The ‘Malaysian Malaysia’ concept towards abolishing Malay and bumiputra rights and the position of Islam is the wrong teaching and goes against the boundaries set by the nation,” he said.
He added that as Islam also stresses on the concept of no coercion in religion and on religious freedom for others, the theory of Malaysian Malaysia with the excuse that other races are discriminated against is wrong.