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Although analysts said such cooperation was more to give the two beleaguered parties a lifeline, PAS members saw it as one way to unite Malay Muslims.
Mohd Monier Mat Din, a PAS member from Baling, Kedah, welcomed the idea of mending ties with Umno.
But he also summed up the mixed feelings of many of his compatriots towards Umno, saying that PAS still has a responsibility to accept Umno’s peace offer, no matter the risk.
“PAS’s job is to dakwah (spread the message of Islam and its values) even to a bad person. But, if that bad person wrongs us again, what are we to do? As bad as Umno is, they are still Muslims.”
Ramlan Samiran of Batu Pahat, Johor, also echoed the Malay-Muslim unity sentiment, saying that PAS should forgive Umno’s past transgressions and put aside the long history of enmity.
“PAS has hated Umno but if Umno repents and returns to the right path, then we should accept them,” said Ramlan.
Six decades of rivalry
The two parties have been rivals for the Malay vote and a chance to be the voice of Muslims since PAS was formed in 1951.
PAS joined the Barisan Nasional government in 1974 at Umno’s invitation. Ties broke down between the two in 1977, leading PAS to leave BN.
It also lost control of the Kelantan government.
This bitter experience has led certain PAS leaders, such as its iconic spiritual leader, the late Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat, to declare that the Islamist party would never work with Umno again.
But ties have thawed with Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang helming PAS.
On December 18, Hadi shared the stage with Umno president Datuk Seri Najib Razak at an Al Azhar University alumni dinner where Najib again reached out to PAS.
Analysts such as Ilham Centre’s Mohd Hisomuddin Bakar said Hadi’s attendance was the clearest sign that the Islamist party was burying the hatchet with its rival.
This is especially since PAS is no longer part of the formal opposition coalition Pakatan Harapan.
Those interviewed expressed a strong trust that their leadership, especially the president and ulama in the Shura Council were making the right decision to work with Umno again.
This is despite the fact that some of their bosses witnessing Umno’s betrayal in the late 1970s.
“We know that our elected leaders and the ulama are more knowledgeable and experienced than us in these affairs and that they will make the right decision for the party,” said Mohamad Shamsuri Mohamad Hussin of Maran, Pahang.
They also repeated a point Hadi once made, that PAS was willing to work with Umno and advise it on how to govern the country based on Islamic principles.
“PAS could be a check and balance to Umno and guard it from corruption and abuse of power,” said Ramlan.
“We are not here to rule, we are here to advise Umno,” said Monier.
Other members, such as Mohamad Zahar of Kuala Lumpur, however, questioned whether Umno was sincere and if this was yet another attempt to rescue the Malay party.
“Umno is beset with scandals, 1Malaysian Development Berhad (1MDB), the RM2.6 billion donation and the people’s complaints about the economy,” said Zahar, who did not want to reveal his full name.
“So now, suddenly it’s like we’re giving them a hand up after all they’ve done to us.”
He was also critical of PAS leaders who were quick to forgive Umno but would not do the same to other parties, such as Parti Amanah Negara, formed of ex-PAS leaders and members.
Amanah has been labelled traitors by the PAS leadership yet this was nothing compared with the five decades of crackdowns on PAS activities and leaders by Umno, said Zahar.
“Why only be open-hearted to Umno? Why not Amanah or even DAP, both of whom can also strengthen PAS. If we are willing to forgive Umno which wronged us in such big ways, then surely we can forgive the others?”