Zahid: Umno will not formally join Perikatan, to continue alliance with Muafakat (Updated)

KUALA LUMPUR: Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (pic) has reaffirmed his party’s earlier decision not to formally join Perikatan Nasional if the ruling pact registers as a formal coalition.

Instead, Umno will remain dedicated to the Muafakat Nasional pact it has with PAS. The party’s decision against formally joining the Perikatan pact does not mean that it’s withdrawing support from the government, he added.

“This is not announcement that we are pulling out of Perikatan. Our decision is that we are not going to be a component member of Perikatan if it were to be registered,” he said when met with reporters at the Federal Court on Thursday (July 30).

Zahid also refused to elaborate on Umno’s decision not to formally join Perikatan when pressed by reporters.

“That is up to you to interpret. But our decision is final and we are not going to be a party component of Perikatan.”

At present, the Perikatan pact has yet to be registered with the Registrar of Societies (RoS).

Zahid said this following an earlier press statement that he read out to reporters, reiterating that Umno had decided against formally joining the Perikatan pact, and instead, it would strengthen the Muafakat Nasional pact which consists of PAS and Barisan Nasional.

“Our support to the Perikatan government is only based on the support of Barisan MPs in the federal government and several state governments,” said Zahid when he read out the statement.

At the same time, Zahid also said Bersatu’s intentions to sign a charter of cooperation with Muafakat Nasional would be deliberated between Barisan Nasional and PAS leaders.

He said the main committee of Perikatan would deliberate on Bersatu’s intentions to join Muafakat Nasional.

“The main committee had previously decided to give priority to strengthen Muafakat Nasional.

“I will leave it to the main committee to consider Bersatu’s intentions as long as it is able to strengthen Muafakat Nasional for the interest of the people and the country.”

Meanwhile, Zahid also said Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s position as an MP and the Pekan Umno division chief still stood.

“The due process of law is taking place where the court of appeal would be sitting. The process must be followed.

“The two positions stay because the law has allowed these two positions to be retained by him,” he said.

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