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Umno, PAS expect large turnout at signing of charter this weekend

At least 10,000 people are expected to come for the signing of a formal political pact between Umno and PAS.

According to reports, leaders of Umno and PAS division are set to meet at the Putra World Trade Centre in Kuala Lumpur on Friday for the two-day Himpunan Penyatuan Ummah (Ummah Unity Gathering).

Two parties have put their long-time rivalry aside and will sign a charter and a memorandum of understanding, Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi confirmed.

“This is political cooperation and not a political coalition.

“It will be an inclusive kind of meet where all parties, races and religions will also be invited to be part of the cooperation,” he said.

The gathering is expected to be a show of strength, PAS secretary-general Takiyuddin Hassan said.

“The signing of the deal may not be legally binding, but it is a show of commitment by party leaders, supported by the grassroots,” he said.

They released an open invitation to the public through social media, urging participants to wear white. The gathering is open to all citizens, political parties and NGOs.

Meanwhile, Umno secretary-general Annuar Musa is hoping that this new tie-up would have positive engagement with all members of BN, Gagasan Sejahtera, Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) and Gagasan Bersatu Sabah (GBS).

“We have 1,000 of our own uniformed volunteers – from Umno and PAS volunteer squads – to control the crowd,” he said.

Pakatan Harapan representatives are also invited, Annuar added.

However, MCA president Wee Ka Siong expressed that the event “.. is strictly cooperation between Umno and PAS.” He would only be there as a witness and not play any role in the deal, his MIC counterpart S Vigneswaran said.

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