Umno keen to un­der­stand PAS

> Po­lit­i­cal co­op­er­a­tion be­tween both par­ties should be sec­ondary agenda, says Zahid

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS - BY AIEZAT FADZELL

KUALA LUMPUR: Umno is giv­ing more pri­or­ity to mu­tual un­der­stand­ing rather than co­op­er­a­tion with PAS.

Its vice-pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi said the “tahaluf siyasi” (po­lit­i­cal co­op­er­a­tion) with the Is­lamist party should be a sec­ondary agenda and more at­ten­tion should be given to “ta’awun (un­der­stand­ing) and “tabayyun” (clar­ity).

“Ta’awun means un­der­stand­ing and giv­ing at­ten­tion to is­sues which have gone hay­wire all this while due to (a lack of) pri­or­i­ties. Tabayyun means clar­ity,” Ah­mad Zahid said dur­ing a joint press con­fer­ence with fel­low vi­cepres­i­dent Datuk Seri Hisham­mud­din Hus­sein after Umno pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Na­jib Ab­dul Razak de­liv­ered his pol­icy speech at the Umno an­nual gen­eral as­sem­bly yes­ter­day.

On Nov 24, PAS pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Ab­dul Hadi Awang read his mo­tion for the amended ver­sion of his Pri­vate Mem­ber’s Bill to amend Act 355 in a bid to ex­pand the pow­ers of syariah courts, but he de­ferred de­bate to the next time Par­lia­ment con­venes next year.

Be­fore Hadi’s read­ing of his Bill, Ah­mad Zahid was the min­is­ter who an­nounced that the Bill would be tweaked fol­low­ing dis­cus­sions with Ab­dul Hadi.

Ah­mad Zahid had also called for a briefing with Mus­lim MPs over the Bill.

The as­sis­tance Umno ex­tended to Ab­dul Hadi over the Bill had raised spec­u­la­tion that PAS and Umno were estab­lish­ing po­lit­i­cal ties.

Ah­mad Zahid (right) and Hisham­mud­din share a light mo­ment dur­ing the as­sem­bly yes­ter­day.

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