When PAS first aligned itself with BN back in 1973, eight conditions were laid out. Now, President Abdul Hadi Awang has demanded that at least two of them be fulfilled by BN if the party wishes to create an alliance.
The conditions include a ban on alcohol consumption and dancing, and freedom to preach Islam at government offices and universities.
These are to enable the propagation of Islam to be carried out in stages, such as broadcasting Azan (the Muslim call to prayer) on radios and televisions.
Perhaps BN could see this as a “dowry” requested by Hadi Awang, before the two parties could “tie the knot”.
On March 5, UMNO Acting President Dato’ Seri Utama Haji Mohamad Hasan announced the “marriage” between UMNO and PAS, after their cooperation led to victory for BN in Cameron Highland and Semenyih by-elections.
Although speculations on the two parties forming an official coalition known as United Ummah have been circling around, yet Hadi Awang seems to be still reluctant to give his blessings.