HARMLESS MEETING: Najib, Nasharudin discussed Syria crisis and fate of Rohingya while in Mecca, says minister
PUTRAJAYA: PAS leaders and members were criticised for lacking maturity and for politicising the meet between its former deputy president Nasharudin Mat Isa and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak in Mecca.
Kelantan Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed slammed Pas, stating that the party should be more open minded instead of making wild allegations before listening to explanations.
Mustapa was commenting on the recent publication of a photo of Nasharudin with Najib with several Saudi ulama in Mecca during the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation extraordinary summit (OIC) that had sparked a controversy within the opposition party.
The OIC meeting was held on Aug 14 and 15.
"They should be more open minded. It does not mean that if they met and took a photo together, it means Nasharudin wants join Barisan Nasional.
"We must act maturely in politics, instead of acting like children," Mustapa, who is also the international trade and industry minister said at the prime minister's Hari Raya open house at Seri Perdana on Sunday.
The photo of Nasharudin and Najib has sparked numerous speculations, including the opposition's top leadership that the former deputy president may leave the party to join BN.
Upon Nasharudin's arrival on Thursday from Mecca, he explained that he arranged the meeting with Najib and other Saudi ulama in conjunction with the OIC meeting at a villa next to the Masjidil Haram.
He stressed that the meeting with Najib and the Saudi ulama did not touch on any matter pertaining to Pas or Umno and the issues that were discussed were the crisis in Syria and the Rohingya people in Myanmar.
When asked to comment on the spat between Nasharudin and DAP chairman Karpal Singh on the hudud issue, Mustapa said that it was an issue involving the two individuals and BN would not get involved.