‘M’ for Muafakat

The ‘National Cooperation Charter’ to formalising the kick off the largest Malay political parties inked between UMNO and PAS Presidents at PWTC this afternoon would see the change of Malay hinterland politics-administration, with the inclusion of UMNO into PAS controlled states’ administration in the near future.

The Star story:

Hadi: We have plans to include Umno in Terengganu and Kelantan


Hadi: We have plans to include Umno in Terengganu and Kelantan

NATION
Saturday, 14 Sep 2019
3:39 PM MYT
By TARRENCE TAN, HANIS ZAINAL and FATIMAH ZAINAL

KUALA LUMPUR: PAS has plans to include its new political ally Umno in the two states – Terengganu and Kelantan – that it currently governs.
PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang said such plans will be unveiled to the public in the near future.

“Wait for the time to come. We will look at the latest developments. There are definitely plans (to include Umno). We are family,” he said.


Abdul Hadi was speaking to reporters during a press conference after the joint charter between Umno and PAS was signed at PWTC on Saturday (Sept 14).


“Taawun (cooperation) is a phrase that was discussed by Nik Aziz when he was still alive because of the cooperation we had in the 70s in the form of tahaluf (coalition).


“We need to introduce a new approach which is cooperation. That was discussed by the (PAS) Syura Ulama Council when Nik Aziz was alive,” he added.


The last time Umno and PAS cooperated was during the 1974 General Election when PAS candidates contested under the Barisan Nasional banner.


Also present at the press conference were Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan, PAS deputy president Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man and secretary-general Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan.
On seat negotiations for the next general election, Ahmad Zahid said it was too premature to discuss such details at present.


Ahmad Zahid said Umno was in the midst of reaching out to grassroots members to explain the new political alliance with PAS.


Hadi Awang concurred, saying that most importantly, both parties should work towards garnering support from the people first.


Ahmad Zahid, who’s Barisan Nasional chairman, said that its component parties – MCA and MIC – had no objections towards the newfound political alliance.


“Although we (Umno, MCA, MIC) had already discussed this, we will officially speak about this in the soonest Barisan supreme council meeting.


“So far, these two parties (MCA, MIC) have no objections at all,” he added.


Ahmad Zahid also said that a negotiations committee and a technical committee will be formed to iron out details for its newly signed charter and a memorandum of understanding between PAS and Umno.


The charter between Umno and PAS was signed on Saturday (Sept 14), formalising the cooperation between the two biggest Malay-based parties in Malaysia.

Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2019/09/14/hadi-we-have-plans-to-include-umno-in-terengganu-and-kelantan#vhhUqWaS3EMmLYju.99

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It is a landmark political cooperation for the Malays effectively rolled out under UMNO under President Dato Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and PAS President Tuan Guru Dato Seri Hj Abd Hadi Awang since the mega anti-ICERD Rally on 8 Dec 2018, which saw over 300,000 people congregated and demonstrated in Dataran Merdeka.

The National Co-operation Charter which was inked by UMNO President Dr Ahmad Zahid and PAS President Hj Hadi, is an effective progress of the series of consultations, meetings and cooperation fostered between the two leaders and their associates since 16 July 2019.

Of course, it was effectively rolled out at the Cameron Highlands, Semenyih and Rantau by-ejections which saw an increased BN performance with the direct co-operation by PAS and its election machiery.

At the Himpunan Perpaduan Ummah at Putra World Trade Centre in Kuala Lumpur this afternoon saw over 35,000 people at its peak, predominantly Malays, thronged and packed the UMNO HQ convention complex.

It is a new Malaysian history being made. Needless to mention, a record for PWTC.

Amongst other objectives, the formalisation of the political co-operation between UMNO and PAS would translate to the support of the Malays, particularly in the hinterland being consolidated.

At the 14GE, UMNO obtained 2.525 million votes and PAS obtained 2.032 million votes.

Even by comparison either UMNO or PAS on their own, the Malay parties within Pakatan Harapan, PPBM and PAN, could only managed 718,000 and 655,000 votes respectively.

It is interesting that PAS only managed to secure 18 Parliamentary seats, considering the popular votes they obtained.

DAP, which obtained 2.098 million votes managed to win 42 Parliamentary seats. Despite securing most Parliamentary seats within PH with 49, PKR only obtained 2.046 million popular votes, which is only a tad more over PAS’s.

The strategic importance of the charter inked is that UMNO went into the political co-operation PAS with the syndication of BN’s coalition partners MCA and MIC.

The Star story:

Barisan Nasional will speak about Umno-PAS pact again, says Zahid


Published on 14 Sep 2019 5:46:15 PM

Umno president and Barisan Nasional chairman Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi on Saturday said that BN’s component parties – MCA and MIC – had no objections towards the newfound political cooperation between Umno and PAS.

He said the BN leaders had already discussed the matter and would officially speak about it again in the soonest BN supreme council meeting.



Read more at https://www.thestartv.com/v/barisan-nasional-will-speak-about-umno-pas-pact-again-says-zahid#ErlCs5AIya1pkYgU.99

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And The Malay Mail Online:

Zahid sees smooth road for PAS-Umno collaboration due to common ground


Published 1 day ago on 14 September 2019
BY IDA NADIRAH IBRAHIM


KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 14 — Umno president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi predicted an easier cooperation between his party and PAS than the fractious alliances the Islamist party had with previous partners.


Zahid noted that both Umno and PAS share a common ideology on Malay-Muslim interests, unlike the Islamists’ previous alliances with the secular DAP.

“When PAS was together with DAP, it was more difficult compared to PAS with Umno now, because we share the same philosophy.

“Our cooperation is in terms of common issues. It is much easier and simpler as compared to their previous collaboration with other parties, especially DAP,” said Ahmad Zahid at a press conference after the official signing of the PAS-Umno joint charter at PWTC, here today.

Zahid also said Umno’s Barisan Nasional partners, MCA and MIC, have not expressed objections to his party’s now-official alliance with PAS.

However, he said the matter will be formalised by the former ruling coalition in an upcoming supreme council meeting.

“They are components parties of BN, and though we had discussed on the matter, but we will announce it formally at the BN supreme council meeting in the near future.

“So far, these two parties have no objection at all,” he said.

MCA and MIC had previously opposed PAS, particularly over its attempts to expand shariah law in the country.

Today, Zahid insisted that the joint-charter was inclusive and would include non-Malays as part of its national agenda.

He sought to assure non-Muslims and non-Malays that PAS and Umno’s direction was not towards religious extremism or excessive Malay nationalism.

The combination of the country’s two largest Malay-Muslim parties is fueling concerns of increased racial polarisation in Malaysia.

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Even though it is believed that MCA and MIC still managed to retain their token Parliamentary seats with support from the Malays who are susceptible to UMNO’s politics, the BN coalition partners have their respective strength.

MCA obtained 653,000 and MIC obtained 167,000 popular votes respectively.

UMNO would never abandoned its partnership for new partners, but instead harness and capitalise on the strength. Especially, the history of the partnership that brought the nation to present position.

Using the 9 May 2019 results as a basis, BN plus PAS could derive to 5.4 million votes, all and sundry. Coupled with the appalling non delivery of PH with their failed promises and incompetency, a shift of 5% of votes obtained by PH to ‘BN Plus’ could translate to 5.65 million popular votes.

This is a new instrument of a fresh political deal for Malaysia.

The past track record of BN in the stability, development and prosperity of the nation, now coupled with the comeback of a partner of the original coalition in 1973, is the way to move forward.

There is now a new speculation that Parti Muafakat Nasional be formed and members are Barisan Nasional (UMNO/MCA/MIC) and PAS.

The formal political organisation could be the fresh ingredients to offer for Malaysia to move forward, based on over 65 years of effective political partnership and progress.

Muafakat Nasional would be a new deal for Sabah and Sarawak parties to align themselves, for the greater good of Malaysia.

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