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PN leaders not on the same page about BN, says Umno sec-gen

Ahmad Maslan notes differing views on Barisan Nasional by Perikatan Nasional chairman Muhyiddin Yassin and PAS secretary-general Takiyuddin Hassan.

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PAS flags mingle with those of Barisan Nasional on the eve of the 14th general election in May 2018. Photo: AFP
PAS flags mingle with those of Barisan Nasional on the eve of the 14th general election in May 2018. Photo: AFP

The conflicting views about Barisan Nasional (BN) among Perikatan Nasional (PN) leaders show that the party’s leadership is no longer on the same page, Umno secretary-general Ahmad Maslan says. 

He said that while PN chairman Muhyiddin Yassin had called BN the coalition’s main enemy, its secretary-general Takiyuddin Hassan had described Umno as a partner in cooperation. 

"The top leaders from the parties do not seem to be on the same page. We will wait and follow the political developments over the next few days," the Pontian MP said after a programme in Pontian yesterday.

Takiyuddin recently said that PAS would continue to consider Umno and all parties under the umbrella of ummah unity as ta'awun (cooperation) partners, and would maintain its stand of not cooperating with Pakatan Harapan in the 15th general election (GE15).

However, Muhyiddin said over the weekend that PN component parties must be in consensus on the fact that Umno was the coalition’s main enemy.
 
On claims of efforts to revive Muafakat Nasional (MN), Ahmad said it was up to the Umno Supreme Council to decide on the matter. 

PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang and his Umno counterpart Ahmad Zahid Hamidi were reported to have met recently to discuss matters pertaining to MN with the aim of preventing their parties from contesting against each other in GE15. 

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