ALOR STAR: The prime minister says Pas has to withdraw its Amanat Haji Hadi (Hadi’s decree or mandate) before it finalises its political cooperation with Umno this Saturday.
Pas and Umno are expected to ink a memorandum of understanding (MoU) charter on their political cooperation.
Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said Pas had previously accused Umno of being an infidel party (parti kafir) in remarks contained in Amanat Haji Hadi.
He said this made it difficult for the two Malay- and Islamic-based parties to cooperate politically.
“Pas, in the past, accused Umno ofbeing an infidel party.
“If they work with an infidel, than they too become an infidel.
“If you want to cooperate, then there is need to withdraw Amanat Haji Hadi, and state that Umno has returned to Islam.
“The statement (by Pas president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang) is still there. He never pulled it back officially, he said.
Dr Mahathir who is also the Pakatan Harapan chairman said this after opening the 2019 National Padi Convention, here, today.
The Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) chairman said Hadi needed to make a public apology to Umno for turning it into an infidel party, before he entered into the agreement with the Barisan Nasional component member.
Before this, Umno secretary-general Tan Sri Annuar Musa and his Pas counterpart, Datuk Seri Takiyuddin Hassan, had announced in a joint statement that the political cooperation between both the former political nemesis would be sealed though a MoU signing by their respective presidents.