PETALING JAYA: Muafakat Nasional has formally accepted Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia into its fold, says its joint secretary-general Tan Sri Annuar Musa.
Annuar said that the political pact between Umno and PAS got another boost when Bersatu stated its willingness to join them.
He said the matter had been thoroughly discussed by the steering committee of Muafakat Nasional in a meeting on Aug 6 that was chaired by Umno deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan and PAS deputy president Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man.
Annuar, who is also Barisan Nasional secretary-general, said that an official letter was then sent to Bersatu on Aug 13, with an official response from Bersatu president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin received on Aug 18.
Annuar added that the Umno political bureau had discussed the latest developments on Aug 23, involving all Umno state liaison chiefs and all Barisan state chiefs.
“Umno is concerned of the efforts to unite the Malays and to build a strong group with Islam and Malays as the core. This is our duty and our priority, which is the thrust of Umno’s struggle.
“On that basis, Umno has agreed for Muafakat to accept Bersatu and would like to see that through their participation, the unity of the Malays will strengthen in line with Muafakat’s charter, ” said Annuar in a statement bearing the Barisan masthead on Wednesday (Aug 26).
Annuar also claimed that Muafakat was being widely accepted by all races, citing the by-elections they have won since its formation.
Last September, Umno and PAS inked a political cooperation with the signing of a joint charter.
Muhyiddin had previously said the party had agreed to join Muafakat Nasional, which would support Perikatan Nasional as a grand coalition.