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Nik Aziz: No need for discussion with Umno

KOTA BARU, 8 Sept 2009: PAS spiritual leader Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat said there was no need for discussions with Umno as long as the party’s struggle was not for the Islamic cause.

He regarded a statement by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak yesterday on Umno’s willingness to discuss issues concerning Islam with PAS as an old matter that was being played up for the forthcoming general election.

Nik Aziz, who is Kelantan menteri besar, said he doubted the federal government’s sincerity in helping the state.

“If [Najib] wants to protect Islam, it’s better that Umno changes the party struggle from nationalism to fighting for Islam. [Only then would] it reflects its sincerity,” he told a news conference at his office here today.

However, he thanked the federal government for providing allocations for the state’s development, especially for the Manik Urai constituency.

Speaking at a gathering and breaking of fast at the Mara Junior Science College in Kuala Krai yesterday, Najib said he had approved RM8.9 million for development projects in Manik Urai, as promised during the 14 July state seat by-election. — Bernama

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