IPOH: The cooperation between Umno and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia leaders in the Perak state government is functioning normally without any issues, says Datuk Saarani Mohamad (pic).
The state Umno chairman said the ties between both parties were not affected by Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s remark that the party would not formally join Perikatan Nasional.
“It did not affect anything. We are functioning as usual with all the programmes and activities running as usual, ” he told reporters at a Hari Raya Haji and Warriors Day celebration at the Syed Putra army camp here yesterday.
“It’s just a misconception by the people over Zahid’s statement, which he has clarified after the party supreme council meeting, ” said Saarani, who is also a state executive council member.
“It’s as he has said, that Umno will not join the formation of a Perikatan coalition.
“We will continue to support the existing government until the next general election, ” he added.
On Thursday, Zahid announced that Umno had no intention of formally joining Perikatan and was committed to Muafakat Nasional, which includes Barisan Nasional component parties and PAS.
Zahid said Muafakat was leaving its door open for Bersatu to join it.
Saarani said like the Federal Government, the state government was formed with Bersatu to deal with the situation then.
“When we formed the state, it was an understanding to save the situation after Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad resigned and the Federal Government collapsed.
“We had two choices, which was to dissolve Parliament for a snap election or have another coalition set up to form the government.
“The MPs involved then decided to work together, just as it is with the state assemblymen here.”
Saarani also said unlike Muafakat, which has a charter between its member parties, Perikatan was an informal coalition.
“We have an understanding with PAS whereby we will work together and help each in elections.
“If Umno contests, PAS will support and likewise, ” he said.
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