|Al Jafree Md Yusop|
|Wednesday, 25 May 2011 12:39|
Abdul Hadi Awang has retained the PAS presidency unchallenged last week. With his continued leadership various interpretations have surfaced, among them, the continued talk of unity between PAS and Umno. The fact that Hadi remains as party president unopposed for another three years show that his leadership has the full support of the party grassroots who know of his inclination towards a PAS-Umno merger.
Can this be regarded as a message that the PAS-Umno merger is approaching reality? The part that I never really understand is what’s with the word ‘merger’? Is Umno suggesting that PAS and Umno should merge as one political party like what Anwar Ibrahim and Syed Husin Ali did in August 3, 2003 when KeADILan merged with Parti Rakyat Malaysia (PRM) to become Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR)? That particular merger was supposed to end the existence of PRM but eventually that didn’t happen. Or is Umno inviting PAS to be one of Barisan Nasional’s (BN) component parties?
*The views expressed here are the personal opinion of the writer.