KUALA LUMPUR: The Muafakat Nasional pact between Umno and PAS should continue if Selangor is to be wrested from Pakatan Harapan, says Tan Sri Noh Omar.
The Umno Selangor liaison chief said the collaboration between the two parties worked well together and was even able to regain the Semenyih state seat in 2019 from Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) when it was still within Pakatan.
“Muafakat Nasional started in Selangor when PAS agreed not to field a candidate in the Sg Kandis by-election in August 2018.
“Even though we lost that by-election, our ties grew stronger and we managed to win in Semenyih, ” he said when debating the presidential address at the Umno general assembly on Sunday (March 28).
He said PAS contributed a lot to Barisan Nasional’s win in Semenyih as it called on its members nationwide to power the election machinery.
Noh said the atmosphere in Semenyih was very different from when the two former rivals struck an accord during the Sg Kandis by-election.
“In Sg Kandis, we still felt awkward sharing a table together but by the time Semenyih happened, we were comfortable with sharing the same stage, ” he said.
He hopes that the same collaborative spirit between Umno and PAS in Semenyih will continue as he called for ties to be strengthened.
Noh Omar said that in the spirit of Muafakat Nasional, Umno will ensure the two parties do not clash.
He said it was best to avoid three-cornered fights in Selangor which would only favour Pakatan.
“We hope to get the president’s blessing to ensure that such fights are avoided in Selangor, ” he said.
Noh, who is also Tanjung Karang MP, called on the supreme council to reject any offer for the deputy prime minister's post so that Parliament can be dissolved soon and a general election is called.
“There is no need for that. It’s too late. If we accept the offer, we will only delay the general election, ” he said.
He also said the Perikatan Nasional government was unstable and it was time for it to be dissolved.
“For that to happen, we also call on all Umno MPs to rescind their support for Perikatan and rebuild a more stable government that will lead to a more stable economy, ” he said.