MoU possible first step towards formalising PN, Umno man says

Umno’s Tajuddin Abdul Rahman says the MoU among Perikatan Nasional parties may be the start of a formal alliance or coalition.

PETALING JAYA: Umno Supreme Council member Tajuddin Abdul Rahman today said the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) among parties in Perikatan Nasional is a first step towards possibly formalising the coalition and to help boost public confidence.

“Whether it materialises or not, that is another thing. But at this stage, the purpose seems to be a move to form an alliance or coalition among parties in PN,” he told FMT, stating that this was his personal opinion.

He was commenting on the statement by Johor Umno deputy chairman Nur Jazlan Mohamed that the MoU was signed ahead of the parliamentary sitting yesterday to facilitate the house’s seating arrangement.

Nur Jazlan had said it was not binding and that it was merely an MoU, and would not lead to the registration of PN as a pact like BN and Pakatan Harapan.

Tajuddin said the MoU was to get MPs from various parties in the loose coalition to collaborate and strengthen cooperation.

“That is the stage (we are at). Whether it is good or bad, everyone has to study the merits of the case. But some people may jump the gun to say it is good or bad,” he said.

Tajuddin said as the government consisted of various parties, the MoU might help to have a clearer understanding among them.

“At this stage, it shows they are taking steps to solidify cooperation, meaning the government is stable. Otherwise people will wonder if we are stable or not since taking over the government,” said the Pasir Salak MP who was recently appointed group chairman of Prasarana Malaysia Bhd.

The six parties forming PN are Barisan Nasional, Gabungan Parti Sarawak PAS, PPBM, Parti Bersatu Sabah and Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku.

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