A MEETING OF NUMBER TWOs – UMNO’S MAT HASAN & PAS’ TUAN IBRAHIM MEET OVER TEA – BUT DENIES DISCUSSING SEATS IN GE15 – EVEN AS UMNO CHIEF ZAHID SAYS ‘NO TO MUAFAKAT’ & ‘NO TO BERSATU’ IN MALACCA STATE POLLS

We only had ‘teh tarik’ together, Tok Mat says on session with PAS

A recent meeting between several Umno and PAS leaders did not involve any talks on seat negotiation for the next 15th general election, according to Umno deputy president Mohamad Hasan.

Instead, Mohamad described the session as an “ordinary meet-up over teh tarik” after a long absence.

“We just had teh tarik together, haven’t seen each other in a while,” Mohamad told Malaysiakini.

He also insisted there were no talks of seat distribution between the two Muafakat Nasional (MN) partners.

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On Sept 3, Mohamad reportedly said that Umno and PAS through a series of MN meetings had finalised almost 70 percent of the parties’ seats negotiation.

He said the agreement reached will see a status quo in seats already won by the respective party in GE14.

“Definitely in every meeting we will discuss preparations for GE15, and at the MN level we also have a seat distribution committee.

“Umno and PAS met many times, with almost 70 percent agreement reached […],” said the Negeri Sembilan state opposition leader.

“Like I said, the seats that we won will be ours and those that PAS won will be theirs.

“The formula remains the same; there’s no issue about us changing it or deviating from the agreed formula,” the Rantau assemblyperson reportedly said when met at the Negri Sembilan state legislative assembly building. MKINI

Zahid: Umno to contest solo in Melaka polls; no Muafakat, no Bersatu

KUALA LUMPUR — Umno president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the party will enter the Melaka state election alone even as some of his party colleagues seemed keen to work with PAS.

In a talk show with titled PRU15: Membentuk atau Membina Arus streamed on Facebook last night, Zahid told host Rafi Awg Zechik that Umno will contest the state polls under the Barisan Nasional (BN) banner instead of making use of its political cooperation with Islamist PAS.

He hoped that Melaka voters will choose the right party.

“Because Muafakat has never been registered, therefore, I do not see a bright light for it to be realised as in past by-elections.

“Let Umno contest solo under the BN flag. And God willing, the rakyat will choose the best party,” he said.

Umno and PAS had signed the Muafakat Nasional charter in September 2019, forming the largest Malay-Muslim political alliance that aimed to go toe-to-toe against the then ruling Pakatan Harapan coalition.

In October last year, the secretaries-general of Umno and PAS said their parties would register as a political coalition with the Registrar of Societies.

That agreement seems to have fallen through as in recent months after Islamist PAS moved closer to Bersatu while Umno chose to break ties with the latter splinter party led by Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

Just before Zahid’s talk show, Umno Youth chief Datuk Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki shared a picture he had taken with several PAS leaders on his Facebook yesterday with the hashtag #muafakat.

The picture also featured Umno deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan, BN secretary-general Datuk Seri Zambry Abdul Kadir, PAS deputy president Datuk Seri Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man and PAS vice-president Senator Idris Ahmad.

“Together we are finding common ground to strengthen our ukhuwwah,” he wrote, using the Arabic word for brotherhood.

Asked about cooperation with Bersatu, Zahid said he was bound by the collective decision of delegates at the recent Umno general assembly not to work with the other Malay party.

He added that the Melaka chapter of Umno is also against working with Bersatu in the election.

In the talk show, Zahid also said he would not exact revenge against those he considered to have betrayed his trust when it came to naming Umno’s election candidates.

“I have mentioned in a past supreme council meeting that I will not use the nominations to seek revenge, and I give my assurance that I will not use this for revenge.

“No need to worry, don’t be scared. This person will not take revenge on anybody.

“My stand is, God will decide,” he said. MALAY MAIL

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