UMNO never rejects discussion with opposition

KUALA LUMPUR Feb 5 — Umno has never rejected discussions with any opposition parties on Islamic issues, according to two top Umno leaders.
Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said if the Pas leaders showed such political maturity, Umno would welcome them but not if they were politically emotional.
Ahmad Zahid, who is also the Member of Parliament for Bagan Datoh, said this to reporters after launching the ”Program Juara Rakyat” for the Bagan Datoh Parliamentary constituency, here today.
He was commenting on the suggestion by PAS spiritual leader and Kelantan Menteri Besar, Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat yesterday that Umno and PAS should sit together to discuss issues on Islamic religion instead of wasting time quarrelling on politics.
Ahmad Zahid, who is also the Defence Minister, hoped that the open attitude of Nik Aziz would continue and that his followers would emulate him by not issuing statements that could divide the ummah.
In KUALA TERENGGANU, Umno information chief Datuk Ahmad Maslan said the PAS” suggestion to cooperate with Umno would be left to the party leadership to consider.
Ahmad, who is also a Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister”s Department, said the suggestion was not the first time made by the opposition party concerned, but they usually failed to achieve the desired decision.
"It”s up to the top leadership of Umno and the Barisan Nasional (BN) to consider the suggestion. But if there is any hope of solidarity and spirit of friendship between the two largest Malay party, then the benefit would be enjoyed by all Malaysians,” he said in his short service message (SMS) to Bernama, here.
He said that in the past, PAS had proposed a solidarity government which was welcomed by Umno president Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and deputy president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
"But when the matter was brought up for discussion with the DAP and PKR (Parti Keadilan Rakyat), they certainly did not agree. So, it”s better that PAS discusses with Umno and BN.
"Previously, the door for dialogue was again opened when Datuk Nik Aziz agreed that the Kelantan government established good relations with the federal government, but later disagreed. We became confused, and is PAS merely playing politics,” he said.
Ahmad said the suggestion would crop up each time the opposition pact appeared to be heading for a split.

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