Non-Muslims no problem with our alliance with PAS, says Sabah Umno

PAS and Umno signed a historic charter on Aug 14, bringing together the country’s two largest Malay-Muslim parties.

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Umno is confident that the party’s recently formalised alliance with PAS will be beneficial to the state, and says the cooperation with the Islamist party should not be seen through the lens of religion.

Sabah Umno information chief Raime Unggi said the alliance is a vehicle to unite people of all races and religions in the country.

He is also confident the partnership with PAS will not be viewed negatively by non-Muslims in Sabah.

“I admit there are some quarters that are unhappy about this alliance. They say it will break the good relationship between Muslims and non-Muslims.

“But from the feedback I gathered, especially from Sabah Umno members, even the non-Muslim members are happy with the alliance,” Raime told reporters today.

Raime singled out DAP as the “only people who are unhappy” over the alliance.

He accused the Pakatan Harapan government of going back on its election promises, saying Malaysians are feeling worse off compared to when Barisan Nasional was in power.

“The reality is, the policies taken by both the federal and state governments have failed to help the people.

“I have met many people who complained to me about how bad their economic situation is and how business owners have been forced to close shop,” he added.

Party president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi will officiate the Sabah Umno convention this Saturday, where state chief Bung Moktar Radin will deliver his policy speech.

A total of 525 delegates from 25 divisions will be attending the event.