PAS + Umno will never win Putrajaya without the non Malay vote…

13 December 2018



KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 13 — PAS’ dalliance with Umno will only leave it confined to the rural states as governing a diverse Malaysia will require the support of all communities, according to analysts.

Datuk Mohammad Agus Yusoff, from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, explained that the partnership will lull both into thinking that the support of the country’s largest community was enough to seize control of the federal government come 2023.

However, he said political parties cannot afford to focus on any single community for this goal, pointing out that Pakatan Harapan (PH) won the 2018 election by appealing to as wide an audience as possible.

“It’s not wrong to want to strengthen Malay unity, or to safeguard Malay supremacy or Malay politics.

“But if you only talk about Malays instead of talking about Malaysia, you cannot go far,” Agus told Malay Mail.

The political analyst noted that Barisan Nasional (BN), which had governed Malaysia for over 60 years until the 14th general election, used to enjoy diverse support. BN’s three founding parties — Umno, MCA, and MIC — represented Malays, Chinese, and Indians respectively.

PAS, which won Kelantan and Terengganu in the 2018 election but lost representatives in the western states of the peninsula, recently organised a mass protest in the capital city together with Umno against the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD), a United Nations treaty.

Both Islamist PAS and the Malay nationalist Umno announced after their rally that they would form a joint committee to protect Malay rights and the position of Islam.

Universiti Putra Malaysia analyst Jayum Jawan said such a message will not find traction beyond Kelantan and Terengganu where Malay voters comprised more than 80 per cent of the states’ populations.

“It is basically a political party surviving on playing to Malay and Islam cards.

“So, outside the two states, the party will not have much appeal because other states need non-Malay, non-Muslim support to be able to form a comfortable ruling party that needed the cooperation of non-Malays as well. What’s more of Malaysia that is multi-ethnic,” he told Malay Mail.

James Chin, director of Asia Institute from the University of Tasmania, said PAS has decided to work with Umno and embrace greater conservatism in terms of Islam and Malay nationalism in the belief that Malays will perceive by the 15th general election that they were worse off under PH.

“PAS people tell me that this a great opportunity for them take over Umno supporters since many Umno supporters think the party has no future and are, therefore, looking for a new party,” Chin told Malay Mail.

Pacific Research Centre principal advisor Oh Ei Sun said PAS and Umno each commanded about 30 to 40 per cent of Malay support and had inadvertently split the Malay vote in the May 9 election.

“But if they somehow combine and coordinate their support [bases], such as by making sure only one candidate from either party is put up in significantly Malay constituencies, then potentially they can win the next GE with token non-Malay support.

“And their ensuing coalition government can be a racially supremacist and/or theocratic one as per their respective goals,” Oh told Malay Mail.

7 December 2018

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 7 — PAS president Datuk Seri Hadi Awang told Umno that is courting his party, that it is “impossible” for the two to ever merge.

He said that while the two parties may work together, this will not extend to a unification of PAS and Umno.

“There will never be a united PAS and Umno party. Our ideologies are different. It is impossible,” The Star newspaper quoted him as saying in an undisclosed interview.

The two parties are jointly organising a rally to “give thanks” to the government’s decision to reject the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) this weekend.

The rejection of the treaty has become the latest common platform for the two parties.

Prior to the general election, Umno was already courting PAS by dangling support for the latter’s bid to enhance Shariah laws.

Since the Malay nationalist party’s defeat in Election 2018, however, it has come out openly to propose mergers with the former political rival.

PAS has repeatedly and openly snubbed Umno, but the latter continues to pursue this unrequited love.

September 2018

Throughout the PAS general assembly, both PAS and Umno have openly declared an openness towards a formal alliance between the two former rivals. 

MIC has also officially announced that it has allied itself with PAS. 

However, MCA said it will not agree to Umno-PAS cooperation if it goes “on the path of racial and religious politics” as it would be “against the founding of Barisan Nasional”. 

“If any party in Barisan goes against the spirit of multiculturalism, moderation and power-sharing, it means Barisan will cease to exist,” said MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.



17 September 2018


Bayan Baru MP Sim Tze Tzin has dismissed Umno vice-president Mohamed Khaled Nordin suggestion of a new “Pakatan Malaysia” coalition with as a “psychological game” aimed at splitting Pakatan Harapan.

“It just shows that Umno is desperate. Umno warlords, who have enjoyed so many perks and privileges, simply cannot survive the harsh reality of being in the opposition.

“It is also a mischievous psychological game to divide Harapan and create mistrust among leaders and members,” the PKR lawmaker said in a statement today.

However, Sim said this was something that “will never be successful.”

“First of all, the mandate given by the people of Malaysia is very clear. In the 14th general election, they voted for change. They wanted Pakatan Harapan to lead the country. They rejected Umno-BN.

“Secondly, Harapan is a strong and stable coalition built upon years of close working relationships. The foundation among rank and file (members) are very strong,” he said.


KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 17 — Umno, PAS, MIC, MCA, Gabungan Parti Sarawak and Gabungan Bersatu Sabah can form a new coalition together with PKR, Umno vice president Datuk Seri Khaled Nordin suggested.

He refuted Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s claims that Umno has been destroyed, pointing out that Umno remained the biggest party in Parliament.

“It is not impossible for all these parties to combine together with Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) and to form a new coalition, ‘Pakatan Malaysia’, no longer ‘Pakatan Harapan’,” Khaled said in a statement last night.

“Malaysian politics are currently based on one political coalition against a myriad of political parties. This means that all political parties have their own influence and strategic importance in forming the government. Each one must be strategic and open in ensuring their survival.”

Umno division chief Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz recently offered to help PKR president-elect Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s campaign in the upcoming Port Dickson by-election, as the latter seeks to return to Parliament and succeed Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as prime minister.

Umno president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi also confirmed that all Umno MPs have signed a statutory declaration empowering him to negotiate with other political parties outside of the Barisan Nasional, including PH component parties and PAS, to once again assume federal power.

16 September 2018

In PAS, membership drops by almost 80,000 members

Hariz Mohd & N Faizal Ghazali  |  Published:  |  Modified:

PAS MUKTAMAR | PAS secretary-general Takiyuddin Hassan today announced at the 64th PAS muktamar in Kuala Terengganu that the party’s membership now stands at 818,029 members.

This is down from the 897,800 members announced by Takiyuddin at last year’s muktamar, a drop of 79,771 members or 8.89 percent.


Excerpts from:

THE PAS Syura Council and central leadership will decide on what sort of cooperation the party should seek to establish with another political party.

PAS delegates at the party’s annual congress today unanimously passed the resolution to let the party’s highest policymaking bodies decide on the direction the Islamist party should take as a member of the opposition

Although the resolution did not mention which political party PAS was considering as a partner, it may be safely assumed that it is Umno.

“It’s okay for us to get closer to the enemy in order to guide them in the ways of Islam,” said Youth delegate Afnan Hamidi Taib Azamudden during the debate, in Kuala Terengganu today.

He said unlike Western political theory, which was only interested in popularity, political Islam was about guiding others to the faith.

“We can reconcile with Umno if it accepts Islam too,” said Afnan.

Any kind of pact with Umno or other parties would only be acceptable on the condition that they upheld Islamic principles, he said.

KUALA TERENGGANU: PAS has a message for fellow opposition party MCA: Do not be worried about us, we are not an extremist party.

PAS deputy president Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man said the accusation that PAS is an extremist party was a perception which was not true.

“MCA does not have to worry about what PAS strives for in its politics. PAS is not an extremist party as it is being perceived as.

“We have governed for many years and we are a registered party that follows the laws of the country.

“PAS itself rejects any sort of extremism,” said Tuan Ibrahim at a press conference after the closing of the PAS 64th Muktamar here.

He said PAS is willing to meet and have a dialogue with MCA to clear any sort of doubts.

“We prefer having discussions, and we can do the same with MCA,” he said.

Throughout the PAS general assembly, both PAS and Umno have openly declared an openness towards a formal alliance between the two former rivals.

MIC has also officially announced that it has allied itself with PAS.

KUALA LUMPUR: MIC has indicated that it will cooperate with Islamic party PAS in the future.

MIC president Tan Sri S.A Vigneswaran said he felt comfortable after meeting PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang.

“When I met Hadi, he assured me that ‘hukum Islam’ (Islamic rules) will not affect (jejaskan) other religions and those principles are not used on other religions.

“So, I have instructed MIC lawyers to work with PAS and also explain to our members that PAS’ principles will not affect us,” said Vigneswaran in a press conference after the party’s central working committee (CWC) meeting on Thursday (Sept 13).



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