Published: 31 December 2015 7:36 PM
Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir says Kedah Umno would not push PAS into cooperating with the party. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, December 31, 2015.Kedah Umno will leave it to the leaders of PAS to arrive at a consensus on cooperation with Umno rather than pushing the party over the issue.
State Umno chairman Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir said Kedah Umno was giving room to PAS and would wait for a suitable time to arrive at an understanding with the party, on the basis of Islamic unity.
"When an understanding in areas of common interest is arrived at, surely there will be room for us to cooperate.
"There is no consensus among PAS' leaders on cooperation with Umno. We have extended our hand many times, which they sometimes parry," said the menteri besar.
On the suggestion of a political analyst that a unity committee be set up by the two parties, he said such effort had been long opened.
"I remember there were several discussions at the national level. At state level, I don't want to comment, as it is not something we can reveal while it is in the process," he added. – Bernama, December 31, 2015.