Don’t drag us into political polemics, PAS says amid Umno-Bersatu quarrel

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PAS does not want to be involved in political polemics that could lead to instability in the country, said its secretary-general, Takiyuddin Hassan.

Umno’s stance for GE15:

  • Umno will not work with Bersatu, according to polls director Tajuddin
  • Pahang Umno told Bersatu not to contest in Pahang because the party has no seat there
  • Perak Umno won’t let its five seats won in the last election be contested by other parties
  • No free ride for Muhyiddin in Pagoh, as Umno will field its own candidate in its traditional seat

This came amid Umno’s increasingly belligerent attitude towards Bersatu after PAS refused to join Umno in taking on Bersatu in the next general election.

“PAS does not want to be involved in any political polemics that could cause a breakup, leading to instability and threats to peace and the people’s economic livelihoods.

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“PAS is committed to strengthening Muafakat Nasional while also defending Perikatan Nasional (PN),” he said.

Umno, PAS and Bersatu are all part of the coalition government at the federal level but have competing interests.

In the next general election, Umno had hoped that it could join forces with PAS under Muafakat to take on Bersatu.

PAS is in favour of all three parties presenting a united front. To this end, it wants to maintain its Muafakat coalition with Umno while also keeping its PN pact with Bersatu.

Umno and its BN partners have refused to join PN.

Takiyuddin called on PAS’ partners in the coalition government to compromise.

“PAS urges its political partners particularly in the government to be open, tolerant and take stock of the past in the interest of the people who need good leaders with integrity,” he said.

He added that only a “sincere” unity could help the nation-building process.

He did not name Umno or Bersatu in his statement, but it was clear it was aimed at the parties.

Umno divisions at their annual general meetings over the weekend have been taking swipes at Bersatu and the PN government.

This morning, former Umno president Najib Razak said the party is doomed if it allows itself to be controlled by another.

Declaring that the party was formed to lead and not to be led, the Pekan MP said the party had to get back into the driving seat in Putrajaya.

Although Najib did not specifically name any party, his speech is believed to be directed to its splinter Bersatu, which currently controls the federal government and is also believed to be in control of several Umno ministers in the PN government.

“Umno was not formed to back any party, let alone to be an opposition party. Umno was formed to lead, not to be led.

“If Umno continues to be a component party backing the government but is treated as second-class, we will soon see the end of Umno.

“We once set the agenda in Barisan Nasional but today are just supporters and backers, as long as there is a position (minister) we are already happy.

“We have to get out of this state of uncertainty and to create our own success, if we fail to do so, Umno will never be an influential party as it was before,” said Najib, opening the Pekan Umno division meeting today.

Najib is not the first Umno leader to attack Bersatu in the party’s divisional meeting.

Umno elections director Tajuddin Abdul Rahman made it clear yesterday that Umno will not work with Bersatu in the 15th general election.

In addition, Pahang Umno state liaison chief Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail told Bersatu not to contest in Pahang because the party has no seat in the state.

As for Perak Umno, it will not compromise and let its five seats won in the last election to be contested by other parties in the upcoming 15th General Election (GE15).

Meanwhile, Umno’s Pagoh division unanimously passed a resolution at its annual meeting yesterday, objecting to the Johor Umno leadership’s decision for the party to make way for Bersatu president Muhyiddin Yassin in the Pagoh parliamentary seat.

Pulai Umno also became the first division in the country to pass a resolution asking party leaders to quit the PN government immediately to force a general election.

The PN government has said it was reluctant to hold a general election in the present climate as the number of Covid-19 cases has been increasing. The country saw a spike in the number of cases following the Sept 26 state elections in Sabah.


Related reports:

Jan 2, Umno veep says party will not be part of “weak, directionless” PN in GE15

Jan 2, Don’t contest in Pahang, Umno tells Bersatu

Jan 2, Umno polls chief: No working with Bersatu in GE15