Monday August 9, 2010
Umno looks forward to unity dialogue with PAS during holy month
By ZUHRIN AZAM AHMAD
KUALA LUMPUR: Umno is still hopeful that the unity talks with PAS will materialise and looks forward to the month of Ramadan which starts on Wednesday for both parties to start the ball rolling.
“Umno members have been positive about it and welcomes the initiative,” said Umno information chief Datuk Ahmad Maslan.
“I sincerely hope in conjunction with Ramadan – when we should cease political mudslinging – something positive towards the initiative will take place,” he told newsmen after a briefing on current issues to Umno division information chiefs, including those of Wanita, Youth and Puteri here yesterday.
Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who is also Umno deputy president, supreme council member and Domestic Trade and Consumerism Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri and Ahmad gave the briefing.
They talked on 1Malaysia, Government Transformation Programme, 10th Malaysia Plan and subsidy rationalisation.
Ahmad said the matter of the unity talks was also raised at the briefing and the 457 information chiefs who attended showed a warm response towards the initiative.
“They agreed it could strengthen the country and would benefit not only certain communities but the entire nation.
“And since only a small group of individuals in PAS are against the initiative, we should be optimistic that it is very possible,” he said.
Several PAS leaders, including vice-president Salahuddin Ayub, had said that the party was not interested in working with Umno and that the matter of unity talks was “closed”.
PAS Youth chief Nasrudin Hassan, however, told the party not to be too defensive on the matter, saying that since Umno had extended an invitation to discuss matters that were important to the Malays and the Muslims, PAS should accept it.