PETALING JAYA: Umno secretary-general Annuar Musa last night said a call by a party stalwart for its ministers in the Perikatan Nasional government to resign following PPBM’s decision to allow non-Malays into the party, was a personal view.
Annuar said that Umno had no intention to interfere in the matters of other parties, noting that the Muafakat Nasional (MN) charter aims to establish an alliance comprising Malay and non-Malay parties.
MN is a pact forged between PAS and Umno and most recently, PPBM.
Last week, PPBM said it would amend its constitution to allow non-Malays to hold leadership positions. Previously, it had also allowed non-Malays to join the party but only as associate members.
Following this, veteran Umno leader Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah or Ku Li, called on his party’s leaders in the Cabinet to withdraw from the government as PPBM’s decision disqualified it from being a member of the Malay-Muslim pact Muafakat Nasional.
“That is a personal opinion and we should respect it as that. The decision made was the party’s and at that time we did not share Tengku Razaleigh’s view.
“We won’t interfere in the affairs of other parties. PAS for example has a non-Muslim supporter’s wing. We respect their internal affairs.
“So if PPBM wants to open their membership to non-Malays, we have to respect that,” he told reporters in Felda Trolak Selatan, last night.
Annuar went on to say that MN was never only going to just champion the Malay-Muslim agenda and had invited non-Malay parties like MCA and MIC to join the alliance.
“We champion the Malaysian concept and take into account the various races. So any party that wishes to welcome non-Malays is not an issue for Umno.”