Despite Cold Shoulder From Top Brass Pas Dubs Umno Ta Awun Partner
PAS still considers Umno its ta'awun (cooperation) partner, in its goal to build a country favoured by God.
This is despite Umno's top brass giving PAS the cold shoulder amid continued attempts to rekindle their relationship.
In a statement tonight, PAS secretary-general Takiyuddin Hassan (above) said the party's central working committee had agreed today to continue pursuing its ummah unity agenda, which it said was the core to uniting Malay-Muslims, bumiputera, and other races to stabilise the country.
Towards this effort, he said PAS still considers those under the ummah unity umbrella - including Umno - as ta'awun partners.
"This is especially in building a good country which pleases God," Takiyuddin added.
In line with this, he said PAS will keep an open door for talks with all its ta'awun partners to find common ground.
PAS and Umno formerly formed a ta'awun siyasi (political cooperation) through the Muafakat Nasional pact.
However, this fell apart after PAS joined Perikatan Nasional, a coalition led by Umno's rival-cum-government partner Bersatu.
Despite clashing at the polls in Malacca and Johor, PAS continued to pursue cooperation with Umno, a stance it made clear during the PAS muktamar last weekend.
Takiyuddin and other PAS leaders have indicated that the party is conducting informal talks with "certain" Umno leaders that do not involve Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
Zahid and his deputy Mohamad Hasan have denied any talks with PAS.
However, Umno vice-president Mahdzir Khalid revealed yesterday that there was a proposal for a limited tie-up between Umno and PAS in 27 parliamentary seats, which would be deliberated on.
Bersatu had expressed concern that PAS was not on the same page with it regarding cooperation with Umno.
However, Bersatu chief Muhyiddin Yassin appeared to be placated by PAS' explanation that its talks with Umno were not official.
Separately, Takiyuddin reiterated in tonight's statement that the Islamist party will not cooperate with Pakatan Harapan and rejects "big tent" politics by any party in the 15th general election.
Big tent politics refers to efforts for the opposition to avoid clashes in order to ensure straight fights against BN in the polls. - Mkini
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