Umno-PAS alliance is not mere rhetoric, says Zahid

Opposition leader Ahmad Zahid Hamidi urges people to show support for PAS candidate Dr Halimah Ali in the Seri Setia by-election on Saturday.

PETALING JAYA: Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, who turned up tonight to show support at a PAS ceramah for the first time, has given an assurance that Umno and PAS will be working closely together in the future.

He said the cooperation between PAS and Umno was not just rhetoric.

“Today is a big day, a historical day, that I am here to give a talk at a PAS ceramah,” he said at PAS’ election ceramah in Sunway today in view of the Seri Setia by-election to be held this Saturday.

Zahid said he had just received an invitation to attend PAS’ Muktamar, which will be held in two weeks.

“God willing, I will come, not only me but also the deputy president, vice-presidents and Umno Wanita chief as well.

“This is to show our support for the PAS leadership.”

He said Umno was showing support for the Seri Setia PAS candidate Dr Halimah Ali to repay PAS for helping them in the recent Sungai Kandis by-election.

He said the people could expect more from the PAS-Umno alliance to challenge the Pakatan Harapan government should there be another by-election in the future.

Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (third from left) sitting beside PAS deputy president Tuan ibrahim Tuan Man (second from right).

He was seen sitting beside PAS deputy president Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man, accompanied by Umno vice-president Ismail Sabri Yaakob, PAS secretary-general Takiyuddin Hassan, Umno Wanita chief Noraini Ahmad, MCA’s Ti Lian Ker and a few MIC leaders.

Zahid said it was not easy to unite all parties under one roof but this was needed as the opposition parties have the same agenda, which is to strengthen the opposition bloc.

He also urged PH to stop blaming Barisan Nasional’s administration and get working more seriously now that its first 100 days in power were over.

Earlier today, PAS and Umno had sealed their cooperation by officially endorsing PAS candidate Halimah Ali. This was confirmed by Ismail, Selangor PAS commissioner Sallehen Mukhyi and several other state leaders from both parties.

The by-election is a straight fight between Halimah and Pakatan Harapan’s Halimey Abu Bakar.

It is being held following the death of Shaharuddin Badaruddin, who was a PKR vice-president, from colon cancer on Aug 2. Polling is this Saturday.