Only Umno supreme council can review decision not to work with PAS, says Tok Mat

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 14 Sep 2022

SEREMBAN: Any review of the decision not to collaborate with PAS in the coming general election will be made by the Umno supreme council, says Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan.

The Umno deputy president said the matter would only be discussed if it was raised at the monthly meeting of Umno's highest decision-making body.

Mohamad said although Umno had decided not to collaborate with the Islamist party, it was up to its supreme council to decide whether this should be reviewed.

"The party will have to decide on this – it not for just one or two people to decide.

"If this is brought up at the supreme council meeting, we will discuss the pros and cons of a collaboration with PAS," he told reporters when met after launching a Merdeka Day programme jointly organised by the Paroi e-community and information department.

Mohamad was asked to respond to a statement from PAS secretary-general Datuk Seri Takiyuddin Hassan that the party still considers Umno and all parties under the umbrella of ummah unity as ta'awun partners (cooperation partners).

On Sept 2, Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi had said the party would not form an alliance with PAS to face GE15 as the Islamist party had deviated from the Muafakat Nasional political pact they signed in 2019.

Separately, Mohamad said the Barisan Nasional election machinery was ready to face the polls.

"We only have some minor improvements to do but otherwise, we are ready.

"I have toured the country meeting Umno liaison committees and I must say they are in high spirits and raring to go," he said.

Mohamad reiterated that Barisan had yet to finalise its list of candidates and the seats the component parties will be contesting.

Barisan is currently made up of Umno, MCA, MIC and PBRS.

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