United Ummah Government, the official coalition of UMNO and PAS, has been proposed for establishment in four states governed by BN and PAS; Terengganu, Kelantan, Pahang and Perlis.
Over six decades of political rivalry, UMNO and PAS were brought together through Cameron Highlands by-election which was held on January 26 earlier this year. Their collaboration proved to be successful.
The alliance was then carried on through Semenyih by-election which happened on March 2, which once again witnessed the victory of BN.
Despite criticisms from PH leaders, UMNO and PAS took another step forward by enhancing their state governments for the four respective states.
Looking back at GE-14 result, zero seat was secured by PH for both Kelantan and Terengganu as all of the seats were won by BN or PAS. However, Mustapa Mohamed (Air Lanas) had shifted to Bersatu, making him the sole representative of PH in Kelantan.
State seats in Perlis and Pahang are much more saturated as PKR managed to secure three seats from the past general election. The seats are Sena, Indera Kayangan and Kuala Perlis with there representative Asrul Nizam Abd. Jalil, Gan Ay Ling ad Nor Azam Karap accordingly.
On the other hand, PH took nine seats in Pahang, seven by DAP and another two by PKR. Meanwhile, the other 33 seats are under BN and PAS administration.
The establishment of United Ummah Government will particularly have an impact on Perlis and Pahang state government. This is because their coalition provide them with a two-thirds majority. This means that there wouldn’t be a hassle for them to pass a state law in the legislative assembly.
In the past, PAS had repeatedly attempted to implement hudud laws for the Muslims. This is the primary factor behind Pakatan Rakyat downfall. DAP had a fallout with PAS and Amanah was formed.
Now that UMNO and PAS have joined hand, will PAS suggest the implementation of hudud laws anytime soon? If they do, will UMNO support PAS?