UMNO ready to face PAS in general election

KUALA LUMPUR (BERNAMA) – United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) is ready to face PAS in the 15th Malaysian General Election (GE15) if the party continues to be part of Perikatan Nasional (PN), party advisory board chairman Razaleigh Hamzah said yesterday.

“We (UMNO) have got nothing to do with PN, we will go against PN and if Parti Islam Se Malaysia (PAS) is still in there (PN), we will fight PAS (as well). What choice is there?”

“If PAS (wants) to be with us through Muafakat Nasional (MN), then it should leave PN,” he told reporters when commenting on UMNO President Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s policy speech at the UMNO General Assembly 2020 held at the World Trade Centre yesterday.

Ahmad Zahid, who is also Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman, said the UMNO-led coalition has decided to contest the GE15 on its own.

He said UMNO, the biggest party of the Malays, has also decided to maintain the decision of its Supreme Council to not have any cooperation with Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) president Anwar Ibrahim, Democratic Action Party (DAP), and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu).

Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah. PHOTO: BERNAMA

Razaleigh also proposed that all UMNO leaders appointed by the PN-government as ministers, deputy ministers and government-linked companies chairmen resign from their posts.

Meanwhile, UMNO leaders also agreed with the proposal for the party to cease cooperation with Bersatu, and for BN to contest GE15 on its own.

They said it was a clear message to the grassroots on the party’s future direction, which is to ensure stability and for Malay-Muslim unity to prevail.

BN Treasurer-General Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said he welcomed the stand of the Supreme Council members on the matter.

“What is important now is to stay away from rhetoric… if we really value stability, direction and the party’s future, I feel we still have time to think about it,” he said.

UMNO Youth Chief Dr Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki said the president’s policy speech was the party’s agenda and stance on political cooperation.

“I think once and for all it is important as the captain of UMNO to provide an explanation on the party’s stance on political cooperation and also the agenda for the future,” he said.

On ties within MN, Asyraf said the ties between two of the largest Malay parties, namely UMNO and PAS is rooted in the unity and cooperation of the grassroots.