By Nizam Zain
KUALA LUMPUR – Good negotiation and discussion between UMNO and PAS throughout the Muafakat Nasional (MN) Technical Committee meeting proves that the two Malay Muslim political parties are still in harmony.
The Vice-President of UMNO, Datuk Seri Khaled Nordin said that although various problems and assumptions were raised recently, UMNO and PAS are committed to continue strengthening their coalition.
“This meeting shows the closeness of UMNO and PAS and until now, we are still upholding and will always work on strengthening MN.
“That is the actual situation although many things are being speculated outside. The truth is, our relationship and meeting is still ongoing,” he said when met by the journalists this evening.
Earlier, Khaled, who is also the Permanent Chairman of the committee chaired the weekly MN meeting with the Vice-President of PAS, Senator Idris Ahmad.
Also in the meeting was the Secretary-General of UMNO, Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan.
Meanwhile, the MN Consultation Committee is scheduled to meet tonight. It will be chaired by the Deputy President of UMNO and PAS, Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan and Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man.
The meeting tonight will also be attended by 12 members each from UMNO and PAS.
However, Khaled also did not deny the decision of Perlis UMNO to continue collaborating with Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) in Perlis for the 15th General Election (GE15).
“He (Datuk Seri Shahudan Kassim) did not say that he rejects PAS, that is another matter (UMNO Perlis to cooperate with Bersatu in GE15).
“The relationship of UMNO and Bersatu is not under MN. There is no problem in the relationship between UMNO and PAS,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Vice-President of PAS, Senator Idris Ahmad said that the meeting tonight is vital to the unity of the two Malay Muslim parties.
“The MN Consultation Committee Meeting tonight is very important for us to show to the people that our collaboration in MN goes on as usual,” he said.
On a relevant development, he did not see that the current development of MN in several states could affect the political relationship between UMNO and PAS.
“We did not make any contradicting statements. We truly want to strengthen MN. It is the same for UMNO and PAS,” he said. –MalaysiaGazette