SEREMBAN: Umno Deputy President, Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan wants all quarters to calm down regarding the statements made by Pas leaders on ties between the Barisan Nasional (BN) component member and the Islamist party in Muafakat Nasional (MN).
He said the statement by Pas president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang and his deputy, Datuk Seri Tuan Man Tuan Ibrahim, which seemed to provide the impression that Pas would quit MN was the personal view of the two leaders.
“It’s not that I don’t want to respond, but it’s to avoid various inappropriate perceptions.
“The statement is his view, it is all right. MN is running as usual. I would like to see MN continue and be further empowered. You May Also Like
“However, the MN Technical Committee will look into the cooperation moving forward. For now, let us give a cooling-off period,” he told reporters after officiating the Free Petrol Filling and Relaxation Program for Youths and the Let’s Register for Covid-19 Vaccine Campaign in Sikamat here today.
Also present were Seremban Umno Division Deputy Chief, Datuk Seri Mohd Yusuf Harmain Shah; Negri Sembilan MCA chief Siow Koi Voon and Seremban Umno Youth chief Zool Amali Hussin.
Mohamad, or Tok Mat, was commenting on Abdul Hadi’s remarks which gave the impression that Pas would leave MN which the Marang member of Parliament said had deviated from its foundation.
Abdul Hadi also urged all Muslim groups to join Perikatan Nasional (PN), which also sees the participation of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu), to save the country.
Meanwhile, Pas spiritual leader, Datuk Hashim Jasin was reported to have said that it was still too early for the Islamist party to make any decision or make a stand based on Abdul Hadi’s statement.
Hashim said, as much as possible, he wants the ties with Umno to continue through MN and that Pas would continue to persuade Umno in the spirit of the ummah’s unity.
The Umno-Pas national unity charter was signed by Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Abdul Hadi on Sept 14, 2019, and seeks to uphold the interest of the Malays, Islam as the official religion, and Malay as the national language.
It also vows to restore the confidence of the people in the “leadership of Islam, the Malays and the Bumiputeras”.
Parti Bersatu Sabah has turned down an invitation to join the charter but Bersatu had accepted an invitation to join the coalition in August last year.
Earlier in his speech, Mohamad, who is also the Negri Sembilan Umno liaison chairman denied that Umno was the raison d’etre behind the Malay disunity.
The Rantau assemblyman said Umno had been working at uniting Malays even before the nation’s independence in 1957.
“Umno is an old party, there have been many waves which we had waded through. Do not be quick to point Umno as the divider of the Malay unity or that of the Ummah’s unity.
“Our agenda is to unify and efforts to unite Malaysians had been undertaken by Umno for a long time,” he said. – Mohd Amin Jalil