PAS expresses confidence in potential UMNO, PAS, Bersatu alliance post Zahid presidency

PAS has voiced its conviction that a union between UMNO, Bersatu and PAS could be realised after Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s tenure as president of the major Malay party comes to an end.

This statement was made by PAS Syura council member Mahfodz Mohamed who sees the collaboration of these three prominent Malay parties as a means to take the helm of the nation.

“I am confident and believe that when Wak Jahid (Zahid) is no longer UMNO president, then I am optimistic and believe that the three biggest Malay parties UMNO, Bersatu and PAS, will unite.

“Therefore, Insyallah, we would be strong and firm to administer and helm this beloved country Malaysia,” he said during a speech at Perikatan Nasional (PN) Merdeka Eve ceramah at Kampung Jeram, Muar, last night (Aug 30).

Mahfodz emphasised the significance of uniting PAS, Bersatu and UMNO to achieve significant political triumphs. He explained that their cooperation is essential, particularly in the political domain to secure victory both at the central and state levels.

“For PN candidates to secure a more secure victory at the central or state level, then we must unite especially in the realm of politics, in relation to the three major political parties.

“Because with the three major Malay-Muslim parties namely UMNO, Bersatu and PAS, then Insyallah these three parties would reap major victory,” he added.

Highlighting the past success of PAS and Bersatu’s collaboration, Mahfodz cited their ability to secure a combined total of 74 parliamentary seats. He pointed out that during state elections, this partnership led to remarkable victories in states such as Terengganu, Kelantan and Kedah.

“And as a result of the union of these two major parties during the six state elections, we were able to make a clean sweep in Terengganu 32-0, Kelantan 43-2 and Kedah 33-3.

“In Selangor where we nearly clinched, who would have thought that from a single seat suddenly we were able to secure 22 seats and deny the Selangor government today from getting a two-thirds majority.

“This is also the case in the southern states of Negri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor with the wave from the north, whereby in Negri Sembilan, it was from zero to five (state seats),” he further added.

In the recently concluded six state elections, Barisan Nasional (BN) only won two seats in Selangor namely Sungai Air Tawar and Dusun Tua, one seat in Kelantan (Galas) and two seats in Penang (Bertam and Sungai Acheh), according to Malaysiakini.

All of its candidates were defeated in Terengganu including two former state menteris besar Ahmad Said and Datuk Seri Ahmad Razif Abdul Rahman.

However, Negri Sembilan BN recorded an excellent result in winning 14 out of 17 contested seats, enabling it to contribute a two-thirds majority victory alongside Pakatan Harapan (PH).

Moreover, Mahfodz drew parallels between these successes and the potential achievements that a united UMNO, Bersatu and PAS alliance could realise. He asserted that their collective strength could lead to major political triumphs.

During the 15th General Election, UMNO under the leadership of Zahid experienced substantial losses, securing only 26 parliamentary seats. As PAS speculates on the future political landscape, their hope lies in the prospect of a united front formed by the three major Malay parties. – Aug 31, 2023

Main photo credit: The Star

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