‘Umno must con­vince other BN par­ties’

New Straits Times - - News -

KUALA LUMPUR: Umno may need to con­vince Barisan Na­sional com­po­nent par­ties on the pos­si­bil­ity of it work­ing with Pas in the next gen­eral elec­tion.

Po­lit­i­cal pun­dit Pro­fes­sor Dr Si­va­mu­ru­gan Pan­dian said this was cru­cial to avoid con­flict.

“Pas has worked with BN and Umno from 1974 to 1978. But now, with things such as Act 355, Umno may face chal­lenges in con­vinc­ing BN par­ties such as MCA and Ger­akan,” he said, re­fer­ring to the pro­posal to amend the Syariah Courts (Crim­i­nal Juris­dic­tion) Act 1965.

“Pas too may also have reser­va­tions on what kind of co­op­er­a­tion Umno is look­ing at. The ques­tion is if a co­op­er­a­tion will lead to a unity gov­ern­ment.”

He said the elec­toral pact might not touch on seat al­lo­ca­tions, but was meant to avoid cam­paign­ing against each other in the polls.

How­ever, he dis­counted the pos­si­bil­ity that Pas would for­mally join BN as a com­po­nent party.

He said Parti Pribumi Ber­satu Malaysia (PPBM) might have to drop the idea of forg­ing a re­la­tion­ship with the Is­lamic party and fo­cus on PKR and Parti Amanah Ne­gara in­stead.

Umno Vet­er­ans Club sec­re­tary Datuk Mustapha Yaakub said BN par­ties “need not worry” if a PasUmno co­op­er­a­tion hap­pened.

He said there was a need to make other BN par­ties un­der­stand that their po­si­tion in BN would not be af­fected.

“I know some are unhappy with Pas, par­tic­u­larly about Act 355, but they don’t need to be afraid.”

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