The Muafakat Nasional collaboration between Opposition parties Umno and PAS is going strong in Selangor with both parties going to the grassroots to explain their collective agenda.
Selangor PAS secretary Roslan Shahir said joint activities organised by both parties from last December were well received by the local communities.
“We have started having joint ceramahs and seminars, and when we go to meet the grassroots, both PAS and Umno members go together, ” said Roslan.
He said response to the Muafakat Nasional collaboration was good, especially in Malay-majority areas.
“The people tell us they are disappointed with the current government for non-delivery of promises and they see the Muafakat Nasional collaboration as the best alternative for their needs and aspirations, ” said Roslan.
He added the biggest plus point in the collaboration in Selangor was the very good relationship between the state’s Umno chief Datuk Mat Nadzari Ahmad Dahlan and state PAS commissioner Datuk Dr Ahmad Yunus Hairi.
Selangor Umno secretary Datuk Nasaruddin M. Zin concurred and added they were explaining to people that Muafakat Nasional is not just for Malays and Muslims.
“There is a misconception that it is geared towards forming a Muslim and Malay government. How can this be when we live in a multi-racial country?
“We are explaining to the grassroots that Muafakat Nasional represents and will be represented by all races in Malaysia, ” said Nasaruddin.
He added that governance in Malaysia had always been inclusive and it would remain the same under the Umno-PAS collaboration.
Nasaruddin also added that the response from people who were not Umno or PAS members was positive.
“We are confident that with a lot more reaching out to the people and working amongst the grassroots, we have a hope of winning Selangor back in the next general election, ” said Nasaruddin.
Currently, Umno holds five seats and PAS one seat in the 56-seat Selangor legislative assembly.