Of late UMNO and PAS met to rub shoulders with each other. This caused quite a stir in the component parties of both BN and PR. It was certainly not unexpected.
UMNO put them under the clout of "Malay Unity" , hoping to tone down the whole highly catchy show. But the public at large pierced through with their sharp eyes.
The 12th GE took Malaysia one step forward in political maturity, breaking the nation away from the prevalent racial politics. The election really ushered in a new era of politics, from that of a single-front system to that of a two-front system. The nation witnessed for the first time the fading of the predominant ethnic elements in the local politics. Emerged instead was a stronger Malaysian notion.
Therefore, UMNO-PAS talks initiated by UMNO was viewed as back-pedalling, working towards taking Malaysia back to race-based politics.
This nature of talks should really be broad-based Malaysian politics, and not narrowly ethnic-based racial politics.
The so-called talks are not expected to be fruitful other than causing a stir in the grouping of PR.