NA­JIB NOT RUL­ING OUT POS­SI­BIL­ITY OF UMNO WORK­ING WITH PAS IN POLLS

It’s pos­si­ble in pol­i­tics, but there’s noth­ing def­i­nite right now, says party pres­i­dent

New Straits Times - - Front Page - SU­LAIMAN JAA­FAR KOTA BARU news@nst.com.my

UMNO pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak yes­ter­day said he did not rule out the pos­si­bil­ity of Umno work­ing with Pas in the next gen­eral elec­tion.

“In pol­i­tics, any pos­si­bil­ity can hap­pen. How­ever, at this stage, we are car­ry­ing out our own work.”

In re­ply to a ques­tion, Na­jib said he could not say any­thing def­i­nite on the pos­si­ble co­op­er­a­tion.

He was speak­ing after a ses­sion to hear views from stu­dents as part of the 2050 Na­tional Trans­for­ma­tion pro­gramme at Univer­siti Malaysia Ke­lan­tan here yes­ter­day.

Umno and Pas had been work­ing to­gether on sev­eral is­sues, in­clud­ing the pro­posed amend­ment to the Syariah Courts (Crim­i­nal Juris­dic­tion) Act (Act 355).

Umno and Pas lead­ers had at­tended a rally in Kuala Lumpur to high­light the plight of the Rohingya in Myan­mar and par­tic­i­pated in the Food Flotilla to Myan­mar.

Umno lead­ers also joined a rally in Kuala Lumpur to sup­port the pro­posed amend­ments to Act 355.

On Umno’s chances in Ke­lan­tan in the next elec­tion, Na­jib said Umno was pre­par­ing and mo­bil­is­ing its ma­chin­ery.

“The re­sponse is en­cour­ag­ing at the grass­roots level. How­ever, we know it will not be easy in Ke­lan­tan, and we will work hard.

“We hope there are no neg­a­tive pol­i­tics. We must pri­ori­tise the peo­ple’s wel­fare and well­be­ing.”

He said it was Ke­lan­tan Umno’s wish to win the state back.

He said Umno was a party that val­ued re­spon­si­bil­ity and pri­ori­tised bring­ing pros­per­ity to the peo­ple.

“We hope the peo­ple will value our sin­cer­ity and hon­esty in de­vel­op­ing the state.”

Na­jib dis­missed claims that the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment was ne­glect­ing Ke­lan­tan.

He said the RM12.11 bil­lion al­lo­ca­tion for Ke­lan­tan un­der the 11th Malaysia Plan was the high­est amount given to the state un­der the five-year gov­ern­ment plan.

On the Malaysian-North Korean diplo­matic is­sue, Na­jib said there had been no new de­vel­op­ments.

“We can­not ne­go­ti­ate through the press. It is dan­ger­ous.”

PIC BY SYAMSI SUHAIMI

Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak and In­ter­na­tional Trade and In­dus­try

Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Mustapa Mo­hamed at a ses­sion to hear views from stu­dents as part of the 2050 Na­tional Trans­for­ma­tion pro­gramme at Univer­siti Malaysia Ke­lan­tan in Kota Baru yes­ter­day.

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