This is a most welcome and positive development as attempts to politicise the Al-Ma置nah arms heists and polarise Malaysians will be a great disservice to nation-building and inimical to Vision 2020 and the Bangsa Malaysia concept.
The Al-Ma置nah arms heists have highlighted two important issues, firstly, the shocking breakdown of military discipline and security of military armouries and secondly, the Al-Ma置nah deviationist group and the failure of the Islamic Affairs Department (Jakim) to check Islamic deviationist groups espousing violence as a means of their struggle.
However, Abdullah should go beyond just telling the media that UMNO has "no problems sitting down at the same table with PAS" to prevent people from being drawn towards deviationist teachings and should take steps to bring about such a meeting between the two parties.
Abdullah should in fact go further and secure the support
of the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohamad to convene an all-party
roundtable conference on the Al-Ma置nah arms heists to send out a clear
and unmistakable message to all Malaysians and the world, that all political
parties in Malaysia: