PAS decided today against any cooperation with the Barisan Nasional or Umno to form a government, either at the state or federal level, be it in the form of power-sharing or merger.
Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang
Speaking to reporters at the party headquarters after chairing a joint-meeting of the party’s Central Committee and Ulama Syura (Consultative) Council, party president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang said with this decision, “any offer from Umno to set up a joint-government at all levels does not arise”.
He said the party will however continue to have talks or discussions with anyone, including political parties, non-governmental organisations, institutions and individuals in the interest of the country and ummah.
Abdul Hadi also reiterated PAS’ stand to remain in Pakatan Rakyat, a coalition of opposition parties that helms five state governments.
“I would like to reiterate our stand to remain in Pakatan by playing an active and positive role in line with our collective struggle, including our fight to change the government. In this context, we would like to invite Umno MPs to join Pakatan, either (through) PAS or PKR, so that we can support this struggle together.”
He said the decisions reached during the five-hour meeting yesterday have always been the party’s stand all this while and were further reinforced during the discussions.
He said the question of “secret meetings” between PAS and Umno leaders does not arise as it is no longer confidential.
“There is nothing confidential now. We have said that we can meet and of course, the meetings would be made known to the party. And all these while too, they (previous PAS-Umno talks) have always been made known to the party,” he added.
As to whether the meetings will be called muqabalah (face-to-face meeting) or muzakarah (discussion), he said: “I have used the word pertemuan (meeting) in general, it does not matter what term is used.”
Asked when PAS will make its offer to the Umno parliamentarians, he said: “That you have to wait when the time comes.”
To a question, Abdul Hadi said the party appreciates the support from non-Muslims, especially during the last general election, and in future, it plans to give a more substantial role for non-Muslim supporters to play within the political realm.
Asked his stand in relation to Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s sodomy allegation case, he said he had stated before that PAS as an Islamic party wants the issue to be settled through the Islamic Syariah method.
“I refer to Article 121(a)(1) of the Federal Constitution that all cases related to a Muslim must be referred to the Syariah court. If this cannot be done, Umno must make the necessary changes. I don’t want for this issue to be politicised,” he added.
Asked whether he supports Anwar, he said: “I defend whoever is being victimised (dizalimi>) including Anwar, and according to the Islamic law, a person who is accused is not guilty (until proven guilty).”
PAS rejects ties with Umno