Zahid to PAS - 'Both feet must be on same ground'

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Zahid to PAS - 'Both feet must be on same ground'
Zahid to PAS - 'Both feet must be on same ground'

UMNO AGM | Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi called on PAS to honour the Muafakat Nasional political pact they made.

"The Muafakat charter which was signed has yet to come to an end. It's not too late for us to return to the base. Both feet must be on the same ground.

"Standing on different ground will not bring us any benefit, let alone a gain in (Parliament) seats," he said in his speech at the Umno annual general assembly 2020 in PWTC, Kuala Lumpur, today.

Zahid reminisced on the day the coalition came to be, which was welcomed with tears from members of both parties after they had been fierce rivals for more than 60 years.

Umno and PAS signed the Muafakat charter to forge an alliance in September 2019 during the reign of the Pakatan Harapan federal government.

However, Muafakat has yet to be officially registered. Former BN secretary-general Annuar Musa alleged that Zahid himself ordered the Umno leadership not to register the coalition.

In his speech today, Zahid said through Muafakat, both parties agreed not to rush to join any other political coalition and Umno still stands by the agreement.

PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang was also sitting on the stage alongside Umno leaders when Zahid delivered his speech.

For the record, PAS has joined Perikatan Nasional (PN) as one of the component parties. Umno, on the other hand, refused to officially join the PN coalition which is led by Bersatu.

Subsequently, the Umno supreme council had decided to cut ties with Bersatu once the Parliament is dissolved.

The Umno leadership had repeatedly and indirectly raised the issue of PAS joining PN, while PAS stood firm that Muafakat and the unity of the ummah (Muslim community) should not be exclusive to only Umno and PAS.

Meanwhile, Umno secretary-general Ahmad Maslan said the party is not putting any deadline for PAS to decide who they would choose between Umno and Bersatu.

However, the Pontian MP said PAS' direction on the issue was still unclear.

"Why unclear? Because the relationship between (PAS) and Umno came much earlier compared to their tie with Bersatu.

"So, our friendship was established longer. In 2018 when we were up against Pakatan Harapan, Bersatu was still in Harapan.

"We have already been with PAS then. So I think our relationship is much longer compared to PAS and Bersatu," he said when speaking to reporters at the AGM media room in PWTC today.

Reporting by Kow Gah Chie, Haspaizi Zain, Ng Xiang Yi, Ramieza Wahid and Low Choon Chyuan.

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