Don’t go overboard in wooing Umno, PAS delegate tells leaders

Delegate Zulkarnain Hassan says other parties should come to PAS. (Facebook pic)

KUALA NERUS: The PAS ulama wing today reminded the Islamist party’s top leadership not to go overboard in wooing those they seek to cooperate with in the next general election, including Umno.

Delegate Zulkarnain Hassan said PAS should not be too eager to work with other parties.

“They should come to us,” he said when debating the president’s policy speech at the party’s 64th general assembly here.

Any form of cooperation, he said, must also prioritise Islam.

The party, Zulkarnain said should not compromise on its principles and objectives when forming an alliance with other parties.

“It must be formed on the basis of wanting to strengthen the opposition.”

Zulkarnain’s reminder comes on the heels of talks that Umno and PAS are likely to join forces in the next general election.

Ties between the two traditional rivals have become warmer since last year, with Umno and PAS leaders sharing the same stage on a few occasions, including a rally attended by Hadi and the then prime minister and Umno president Najib Razak to highlight the plight of the Rohingyas on Dec 4.

Recently, PAS and Umno made no secret of their cooperation, notably in the Sungai Kandis and Seri Setia by-elections, where they made way for each other to contest, and voiced support for the other party’s candidate.

Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi who attended the muktamar yesterday, had previously said that the two parties will be working closely together in the future.