KUALA LUMPUR, July 31 (Bernama) -- Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said Umno was not under pressure to the point of being too eager to discuss unity government with PAS.
He said Umno instead would consider any good, feasible approach that could unite the Malays and Muslims in the country.
"No, no.....Umno is not feeling under pressure, that it must go out of its way to find a common ground (with PAS) like forming a coalition government.
"But what is important for us is an approach that can solve problems among Muslims for the good of the community," Najib, who is also Umno president, said to reporters here Friday.
Najib, who had earlier chaired the Umno Supreme Council meeting, was asked to comment on the statements by some PAS leaders that Umno was under pressure as it was too eager to discuss unity with the opposition party.
He said one of Umno's principles was to be open about efforts that could bring good, like unity among Muslims and the people at large.
"As far as this principle is concerned, we have been consistent. We stick to our stand but what happens after this, will depend on the situation."
Najib said this was because Umno realised that a large section of the people, especially Muslims, felt that Umno and PAS should sit down at the discussion table to resolve issues affecting the Malays and Muslims.
The PAS-Umno unity issue emerged after the 12th general election in March last year, but was swept aside after the controversy in PAS which threatened the the opposition pact.
But the issue came back to haunt PAS in the party elections in June this year, forcing PAS and its partners in the pact to issue statements that the unity talks between PAS and Umno would not go ahead.
However, the issue became a hot topic again recently when PAS spiritual leader Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat was reported to have said that the PAS-controlled Kelantan government wanted to foster closer cooperation with the Barisan Nasional federal government.
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