KUALA LUMPUR: Though MCA remains non-committal over the future of Muafakat Nasional, Pas is nevertheles upbeat that its political cooperation with Umno will eventually turn into a formal coalition involving the opposition parties.
Instead of directly addressing the matter, MCA president Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong played down issues related to the political future of Muafakat Nasional by dragging Pakatan Harapan into it.
“It (Muafakat Nasional) cannot become a coalition.
“Do not be so naive. Do you think the present (Pakatan Harapan) government would let you (Umno and Pas) form a new coalition?
“I do not think so. Be realistic, it (Muafakat Nasional) is just a spirit (of political cooperation amongst opposition parties).
“It is just like what we used to say (refer to) the spirit of 1Malaysia (the previous BN government’s tagline).
“(Muafakat Nasional) It just a spirit of togetherness.
“Last time we coined Muafakat Johor for Johoreans, which is the spirit of togetherness for them. That is all,” he said after attending Umno’s 73rd annual general assembly, here, today.
Wee said there was confusion among the people that Muafakat Nasional had been formed as a new coalition.
“When we talk about Muafakat Nasional, it is not a coalition, as mentioned by (Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad) Zahid (Hamidi) earlier.
“It is just a spirit of togetherness under the name of Muafakat Nasional.
“At the moment, there is no consensus to formalise Muafakat Nasional as a coalition,” he said.
Wee said MCA would nevertheless embrace the spirit of Muafakat Nasional, which promotes the values of inclusivity.
“No one can object to the spirit of togetherness, under whatever name you call it, to me inclusiveness is in the right direction.
“We said it loud and clear (as long as is) within the Federal Constitution, the spirit of togetherness with the element of moderation and multiculturalism I don’t see any problem, (as it) is not against any norm or universal values of any race,” he said.
Pas secretary-general Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan, however, has different views on Muafakat Nasional.
He said the main goal of Muafakat Nasional was a political agreement between Pas and Umno. It was signed on Sept 14, by the opposition bloc to win the next general election and subsequently form the next government.
“Like in Parliament, there are doors from all sides, the front, the back and from the side and we can enter from whichever door we want. As long as you enter through the doors.
“I am okay. It is like playing football. As long as you score the goal, it does not matter,” he said.
Takiyuddin added that plans to register Umno and Pas political charter are already in progress.
“It is a new coalition. However, it is still in process. In order to form a new coalition, we must check with the Registrar of Societies (RoS), cannot be only one political party to form a coalition.
“In our constitution, we (Pas) can collaborate with any parties or organisations as long as our principles are continued. So far, there has been no contradiction.
“Officially, MIC is with Muafakat Nasional, way before MCA and it was repeated again by MIC president that they support us and Pas has nothing against MIC,” he said.
Takiyuddin however said there had been no decision taken on seat allocation among the parties, but discussions are ongoing.
MIC president Tan Sri S.A. Vigneswaran was positive about the parties’ involvement in Muafakat Nasional.
“It began from Umno and Pas’s cooperation through the (Penyatuan) Ummah. “We are part of BN, now BN is working with Pas under MN (Muafakat Nasional) as the opposition.
“We should seriously look at working as a team, but there’s a lot of reservations by the people, but it works well on all the (bye) elections, so I don’t see a reason, we can agree to disagree and work together.”
Asked whether MIC was ready to uphold Pas’ Islamic principles, Vigneswaran said MIC was also ready to support the latter’s Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act (RUU355).
“MCA can have its own stance on it.
“As far as MIC is concerned on RUU 355, if the government brings it back now, we will support if the constitution gives us protection and takes care of the non-Muslims.
“If they want to implement it, its up to them.
“It’s for Islam. It has nothing to do with non-Muslims,” he said.