Pas to maintain its political understanding with Umno

Baharom Bakar

KUALA TERENGGANU: The political understanding between Pas and Umno will not only involve the by-election but will carry on until the next general-election.

Pas Youth chief Muhammad Khalil Abdul Hadi said the understanding between both parties started when both agreed not to field candidates and give way as well as work together to hold a campaign in the Seri Setia by-election.

“The understanding was done after a close-door meeting with Umno Youth chief Datuk Dr Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki for several days before the Seri Setia nomination day.

“The meeting between both major Islamic parties not only involved the Pas Youth chief and Umno Youth exco-members, but also involved Pas Muslimat chief Nuridah Mohd Salleh as well as Umno Women chief Datuk Noraini Ahmad, he said during an exclusive interview with NSTP at the Batu Burok office in Kuala Ibai here today.

Muhammad Khalil, who is also the Batu Burok assemblyman, said the meeting was to avoid a more than two-cornered fight, especially involving Pas and Umno candidate, was held after a meeting between Umno supreme council leaders and Pas president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang.

He said the political understanding with Umno was among the main topics to be debated during the 59th Pas Muktamar for two days beginning next Thursday.

“Personally, I see it (political understanding between both parties) as vast but I am looking forward to ‘survival’ of Malay Islamic politics as it does not just involve political parties. Instead it involves non-governmental organisations and some individuals in the Muslim community.

“They hope that there will be efforts from the Malay Islamic political party to do something to ensure the threats against the Muslim community in the country can be wiped out and their main hope is for Pas and Umno,” he said.

Muhammad Khalil said other issues that will be discussed were the outstanding achievements of Pas after it secured 18 parliamentary seats and 90 state seats nationwide, as well as successfully spreading the influence in Pahang and retaining its victory in Kelantan and Terengganu in the last general election. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd