Dr M: Umno-PAS alliance bad for race relations

Dr M: Umno-PAS alliance bad for race relations

KUALA LUMPUR: Dr Mahathir Mohamad today said Umno and PAS are trying to isolate Malays from the other communities, as the two Malay-based parties work to formalise ties.

The prime minister said the move was “very bad for a multiracial country”, adding that it would also undermine racial equality.

PAS and Umno are currently negotiating the terms of their cooperation under a joint committee, saying the move was to strengthen Malay unity.

“We are also looking after the interest of the Malays, except we don’t shout.

“We want to make sure that it is not only equal but fair,” he told reporters after attending the opening of the second sitting of the 14th Parliament today.

“We will look after the interest of the Malays and we have stated that we want equitable share in the wealth of this country,” he said.

Mahathir today said the Pakatan Harapan coalition too was concerned about Malay unity.