KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 12 -- PAS and Umno have decided to reconcile over the deadly Memali incident in Kedah in 1985, that was the result of a strained relationship between the two parties after the former declared the latter's members as apostates and infidels.

PAS secretary-general Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan said the issue is history, and it is now considered to be a petty matter in light of their upcoming charter-signing ceremony in the Himpunan Penyatuan Ummah starting tomorrow.

"That incident has become a small matter when we are looking at uniting the 'ummah'. The same goes with other incidents [that have hurt us] and the same goes for Umno.

"We have come to the conclusion that other matters have become petty matters when compared to this [unity] agenda," said Takiyuddin in a joint press conference with his Umno counterpart Tan Sri Annuar Musa.

This comes after Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said earlier this week that PAS has to first retract its statement labelling Umno as a party of infidels before the two parties finalise their cooperation.

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