Top Umno and PAS leaders meet behind closed doors for unity talks

PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – The top leadership of Umno and Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS) is meeting on Tuesday (March 5) at the Umno headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, in a first-of-its-kind get-together to talk about unity.

Sources said that there would be 11 representatives from each party to lay the views of Umno and PAS on the table before deciding whether to merge or work only in a loose cooperation.

According to an Umno source, the top leadership of Umno, including deputy president Mohamad Hasan and Youth Chief Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki, will be among those leading the talks on behalf of the Malay party.

“There will also be supreme council members present,” said the source.

Islamist party PAS will also be represented by its top leadership, including deputy president Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man, secretary-general Takiyuddin Hassan and vice-president Idris Ahmad.

The meeting began at 2pm and is expected to be a long drawn-out one, said the Umno source, as there were many issues to be ironed out between the former foes now turned friends.

PAS sources said that they did not expect much from this meeting, as it was the first one.

Umno and PAS have been working together in a loose cooperation in the by-elections that have taken place after last year’s General Election, citing issues of Malay and Muslim unity.

Last month, Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the cooperation between Umno and PAS is not a political gimmick but a sincere collaboration for the sake of Islam, the Malays and the country.

After the recent wins by opposition coalition Barisan Nasional in Cameron Highlands and Semenyih, Umno and PAS have concluded that working together can bear fruits to rattle ruling coalition Pakatan Harapan.

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