‘Umno must convince other BN parties’
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.”