Khairuddin: PAS, Umno must correct ‘mistakes’ to see unity 

by S BIRRUNTHA / pic by TMR FILE

PAS and Umno need to correct several ‘mistakes’ if they want to see the unity agenda of the Muafakat Nasional (MN) ummah revived. 

Kuala Nerus MP and the former secretary of the PAS Syura Ulama Council Datuk Dr Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali (picture) said one of the prerequisites to see MN succeed is to ensure that the coalition becomes a joint and official decision by both party leaders.

He also believes that PAS and Umno need to revive the MN parent committee meeting so that hopes to see the coalition’s agenda can be rebuilt.

“It is not appropriate to expect MN to be rebuilt by setting aside the main leaders of both parties. It is like only wanting a ‘headless body’.

“This was a mistake in the management of MN before,” he said through an upload on Facebook today.

Last Saturday, Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi gave the impression that it is impossible for the MN idea to continue if PAS continues to show a ‘two-faced’ attitude.

Ahmad Zahid said Umno wants a loyal partner not only based on statements, but also through actions and decisions made by the party.

In the meantime, Mohd Khairuddin said, it is important for PAS and Umno not to interfere in the internal affairs of each party.

“Do not repeat the 1978 mistake where one party interfered in the internal elections of the other, causing a breakdown in cooperation between the two. The bitter history should not be repeated.

“PAS needs to acknowledge that Umno has several times applied for seat negotiations to continue, but PAS did not entertain and ignored the application. This mistake needs to be corrected,” he added.

Mohd Khairuddin also noted that it was not appropriate for the unity between PAS and Umno to be shaken only by the small presence of Bersatu. 

He stressed that Malaysians are hoping for unity between PAS and Umno by looking at the number of members in both parties, which is 3.2 million in Umno and 800,000 in PAS.

“It also looks at the history of long and bitter clashes that have alienated fraternal ties and sacrificed the family ties of Malay Muslims for more than 40 years,” he said.

Mohd Khairuddin added that he remains steadfast in his struggle to see the two parties continue to sit together.