KUANTAN: Pahang Umno has reaffirmed its partnership with PAS in the state's Muafakat Nasional cooperation.
State Umno chairman Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail (pic) said the position was stated in a Pahang Muafakat leadership meeting, which was attended by state PAS commissioner Rosli Abdul Jabar and his deputy Andansura Raub.
"Regarding Pahang Muafakat, I have consistently mentioned that it is the best arrangement for the continuity and stability of the government with the current Umno/Barisan Nasional leadership, as well as after the elections.
"After all, such an agreement is demanded not only by members of both Umno and PAS, but also well received and demanded by the people of this state," said Wan Rosdy.
The Mentri Besar added that history had proven that in Pahang, besides Perlis, Barisan, which is propped by Umno, had continued to receive the mandate of the people even after the fall of the Barisan Federal Government in the last general election.
He said the meeting on Monday (March 1) night also discussed various matters, especially related to the joint arrangement to face the 15th General Election.
"With the strength of the state Barisan of which Umno is the backbone, and further strengthened by the participation of PAS in the state Muafakat, I am confident our cooperation to face GE15 will yield above-target results.
"That is why I hope we can strengthen our cooperation based on honesty and true friendship in order to see race, religion and Pahang continue to be preserved," said Wan Rosdy.
Barisan currently holds 25 seats in the Pahang state assembly while PAS holds eight and Pakatan Harapan, nine.
It was PAS that made the largest gain in the last election, up from the two seats it held previously.