Nothing came of Hadi's meeting with Zahid, says Muhyiddin

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 27 Sep 2022

PUTRAJAYA: PAS President Tan Sri Abdul Hadi Awang's meeting with Umno President Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi did not result in anything, says Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

The Perikatan Nasional chairman and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) president said Abdul Hadi told this to him on Monday (Sept 26) night.

Muhyiddin said he told Abdul Hadi during their two-hour meeting that all doors were closed to Bersatu working with Umno, which had already sworn off any cooperation between the two.

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"PAS also reiterated its commitment to the coalition and there is no question of the party leaving the coalition," he told reporters on Tuesday (Sept 27) after chairing a National Recovery Council meeting at the Finance Ministry here.

"Abdul Hadi informed me that there were no decisions from his meeting with Ahmad Zahid.

"He said he only met him for half an hour. We do not hide anything from each other.

"On the unity of Malays and Muslims, I have explained that Bersatu will not be able to work with Umno which had decided in its last general assembly that it will not work with us.

"Umno (had earlier) invited Bersatu to join Muafakat Nasional, and although we said yes, there was no further (communication) on that.

"We are political foes (but share) the same religion. It is just political enmity," he said.

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Muhyiddin said he was given the impression at Monday's meeting that PAS will make a decision on its relationship with Umno soon.

"I'll leave it to PAS. We (Perikatan), as a coalition, must take a common stand as we will be facing off against Barisan (Nasional) in the 15th General Election (GE15) and we want to ensure victory," Muhyiddin added.

He also said there was no question of PAS leaving Perikatan.

"PAS reiterated its commitment to Perikatan. PAS is a founding member," he noted.

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On reports that PAS secretary-general Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan did not agree with Bersatu labelling another Malay-Muslim party, in this case Umno, as an enemy, he said: "Please ask whoever wrote that, if that person wants to work with Umno."

"As Perikatan chairman, I (act on) decisions made by (the coalition)... not (just) PAS' decision.

"We will face Pakatan Harapan and Barisan in the election. Let the people decide when they go to the polls," he said.

According to Muhyiddin, PAS and Bersatu will finalise seat allocations for GE15 through a committee made up of representatives from both parties.

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"We will also have a Prihatin Road Tour of the whole country involving all leaders of the coalition to inform the rakyat on our (plans) should we form (the next) government," said Muhyiddin. The other Perikatan component parties are Sabah STAR, SAPP and Gerakan.

There have been rumours that Abdul Hadi met Ahmad Zahid recently to see if PAS and Umno could breathe life to their waning Muafakat Nasional pact, formed after GE14 to strengthen unity among Malay and Muslim political parties.

However, PAS joining Perikatan in 2020 irked Umno, which has always seen Bersatu as its main rival Malay party after PAS.

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