KUALA NERUS: PAS will not turn a blind eye to any wrongdoing committed by Umno should a political alliance take place, the party’s deputy president assured members today.
In winding up the party’s 64th general assembly, Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man said PAS would instead help those who sought to reform their ways.
“We want to save them in this world and also for the afterlife,” he said when addressing concerns raised by party members over the possible cooperation with Umno, their traditional rivals.
PAS was previously criticised by some over the Islamist party’s perceived support for then prime minister and Umno president Najib Razak despite the scandals that plague his administration, including that of 1MDB.
PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang had in 2015 also said Najib should carry on as prime minister despite calls form him to step down due to the controversies.
Tuan Ibrahim’s statement today also comes barely a month after he laid down several conditions for any cooperation with Umno. Among others, the Barisan Nasional (BN) component party would have to champion the rights of all the races and not just the Malays.
Ties between the two parties have thawed since last year, with Umno and PAS leaders sharing the same stage on a few occasions.
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.