PETALING JAYA: Umno Youth chief Datuk Dr Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki (pic) has described the PAS and Umno's inaugural retreat in Janda Baik, Pahang as "historical".
He said it was the first time top leaders from the two most influential Malay-Muslim parties spent the weekend together, brainstorming ways to strengthen their Muafakat Nasional alliance.
"We discussed in-depth our direction, approach, strategy, and joint effort to further strengthen Muafakat Nasional," he said when asked to comment on the outcome of the retreat.
He said this when asked to comment on the much talked about retreat in Janda Baik, as some parties speculate the possibility of political realignment following possible "rupture" in Pakatan Harapan.
Among the leaders present were Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang, and their deputies Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan and Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man.
"While Pakatan Harapan is mired in power struggle, Umno-PAS leaders continue to strengthen bonds during the two-day, one night retreat in Janda Baik," he said.
Earlier on Sunday (Feb 23), Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) leaders and MPs including Prime Minister and Bersatu chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad gathered at their headquarters at Yayasan Selangor for a closed-door meeting.
At a hotel, just a kilometre away, a dozen ministers and MPs, aligned to the Datuk Seri Azmin Ali faction in PKR, were also holed up in a meeting.
Umno is also expected to hold a supreme council meeting at PWTC at 3pm on Sunday.