Muafakat Nasional not ‘dead and buried’, says PAS leader

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PETALING JAYA: Muafakat Nasional (MN) is not dead and buried, and there is no tombstone with the pact’s name on it, a PAS leader said today.

Speaking at a Perikatan Nasional (PN) ceramah in Muar last night, PAS deputy president Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man insisted that the party’s focus was now solely on the Johor elections, and not on MN, its pact with Umno.

“There are no graves, no tombstones, and no one has declared the end of Muafakat Nasional,” he was quoted by Bernama as saying. “Although it doesn’t look alive, it’s not dead either.”

Tuan Ibrahim said the status of MN would be re-evaluated after the Johor elections on March 12.

“Right now, we’re not talking about MN. We’ve closed the file for now while we face the elections with PN.

“We cannot look back, we have to continue moving forward,” he said.

Tuan Ibrahim, who is the environment and water minister, also said that Umno and PAS still had a good relationship despite the two parties going head to head in several seats in Johor.

Umno and PAS, the two largest Malay-based parties, formed MN in September 2019 as an electoral understanding with the main aim of uniting the Malay-Muslim vote.

However, ties between the two parties have grown increasingly strained after PAS joined Bersatu to form PN when Muhyiddin Yassin was the prime minister.

A high-ranking Umno leader told FMT last month that MN was now “merely a marriage of convenience”. In November, PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang rejected the pact and described it as akin to being “shackled”.

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