KUALA LUMPUR, June 3 — Datuk Seri Mohamad Khaled Nordin expressed confidence that PAS will not stay with the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) alliance for too long, despite the party president’s assurance today.
The Umno supreme council member spoke to reporters after the first National Student Consultative (MPPK) meeting of the year, stopping short of saying that PAS will unite with Umno.
“Last time they said PAS will not cooperate with DAP. Now they cooperate. Today they say they will never break up with DAP. One day they will break up.
“It’s the same thing, all these are political rhetoric. Why take it so seriously?” he said.
PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang earlier today had put an end to any question of the party leaving PR for Umno despite whispers of unity talks between the Malay parties emerging early this year.
Abdul Hadi stressed that the difference between PAS in PR and Umno in Barisan Nasional (BN) was that the latter sacrifices Islamic principles.
The subject of unity talks between PAS and Umno had dominated the 2009 PAS muktamar, which saw a number of leaders keen on exploring talks with Umno emerging big winners.
More recently, the top PAS and Umno leadership met at a Christmas Eve dinner hosted by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong last year, during which the subject of Malay unity was once again broached.
Following the furore over the Christmas Eve meet, Abdul Hadi had reassured partners in PR that the Islamist party was committed to remaining in the pact.