Zahid to Umno and PAS: Don’t play racial politics, practise moderation

Zahid to Umno and PAS: Don’t play racial politics, practise moderation

KUALA LUMPUR: Do not get trapped by narrow racial politics, said Umno president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi today at a speech at the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC).

Speaking after signing the Umno-PAS cooperation pledge, Zahid also said both parties should not fall into extremism despite the need for Malay-Muslim community to unite to face future challenges.

“Umno and PAS should not fall into narrow racial politics as well as extremist religious beliefs.

“It goes against Islam itself, which promotes moderation and respect for other religions, in line with Article 3 (1) of the Federal Constitution,” Zahid said in his speech.

The formalisation of Umno and PAS’ cooperation is a historic milestone as it marks the first time the two bitter enemies working together since the 1970s.

Zahid also dismissed claims by certain quarters that the joint charter between Umno and PAS is about expounding racial politics in Malaysia.

Zahid added that the unity pact must be seen in a positive manner and both parties are mature enough to understand the need to preserve racial harmony in the country.

“Umno and PAS will ensure that this cooperation will not separate, distance or make enemies of any race or religion in this beloved nation.

“This unity pact is not just for Umno and PAS. Instead, it is detailed and encompasses all races and religions,” he said.

Zahid, who is also Bagan Datuk MP, said the current political climate necessitated for Umno and PAS to join hands, claiming the Federal Constitution and the nation’s harmony were currently under threat.

“As fighters and proponents of the unity of the ummah, we cannot allow such turmoil to go on,” he said.