‘Don’t rat­tle Umno-Pas co­op­er­a­tion’

New Straits Times - - NEWS / NATION -

KANGAR: Arau Umno has warned de­trac­tors against dis­rupt­ing the on­go­ing Umno-Pas co­op­er­a­tion through slan­der and provo­ca­tion.

Its di­vi­sion chief, Datuk Seri Dr Shahidan Kas­sim, said Perlis Umno could not care less about al­leged threats by other Barisan Na­sional com­po­nents that were against such a pact.

“They (de­trac­tors) can do what­ever they want.

“What is im­por­tant now is for the peo­ple to be united.

“They (de­trac­tors) are show­ing at­ti­tude prob­lems. They will threaten to quit BN at the slight­est mis­take.

“How can the peo­ple trust us again?” Shahidan told the New Straits Times Press at Yayasan Pok dan Kas­sim here yes­ter­day.

Shahidan crit­i­cised a state­ment by MCA pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, which ap­peared to be a “threat” that the party would quit BN should Umno con­tinue to work with Pas.

“MCA must re­mem­ber that DAP is racist and ex­treme, as the party had bad-mouthed BN dur­ing the 14th Gen­eral Elec­tion, and not Pas.

“The term ‘ex­treme’ needs to be re­de­fined be­cause I be­lieve that through the Umno-Pas pact, MCA, too, can par­take in the co­op­er­a­tion.

“My prin­ci­ple in this mat­ter is sim­ple.

“If there are ex­trem­ists, then we need to be close to re­duce ten­sions.”

Shahidan said Perlis BN had de­vised a strat­egy with the state Pas to strengthen the state ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Umno pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Dr Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi on Satur­day at­tended Pas’ 64th Muk­ta­mar in Gong Badak, Tereng­ganu

Zahid’s pres­ence had given rise to ru­mours of the pos­si­ble Um­noPas co­op­er­a­tion.

They (de­trac­tors) can do what­ever they want. What is im­por­tant now is for the peo­ple to be united. They (de­trac­tors)... will threaten to quit BN at the slight­est mis­take. DATUK SERI DR SHAHIDAN KAS­SIM

Arau Umno di­vi­sion chief

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