DR M: HADI RE­FUSED TO MEET MUHYIDDIN OVER POLLS PACT

Pas has re­buffed ef­forts to dis­cuss elec­tion pact, says Dr Ma­hathir

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TUN Dr Ma­hathir Mo­hamad yes­ter­day ad­mit­ted that Pas pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Hadi Awang has re­fused to meet Parti Pribumi Ber­satu Malaysia (PPBM) pres­i­dent Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to dis­cuss a pro­posed elec­tion pact be­tween them.

Not­ing that PPBM was help­less, Dr Ma­hathir used a Malay proverb to de­scribe the sce­nario.

“We can’t be forc­ing peo­ple, it is like hidung tak man­cung, pipi

ter­sorong-sorong (we can’t be shame­less),” he said in jest.

Dr Ma­hathir said this af­ter at­tend­ing a Kedah PPBM di­vi­sion chiefs’ meet­ing here yes­ter­day.

Present was his son, Datuk Seri Mukhriz Ma­hathir, who is PPBM deputy pres­i­dent.

Dr Ma­hathir, who is PPBM chair­man, also seemed to make a U-turn on his one-month ul­ti­ma­tum is­sued to Pas on whether the Is­lamist party would col­lab­o­rate with Pakatan Hara­pan in fac­ing the next gen­eral elec­tion.

He said the door for ne­go­ti­a­tion with Pas would al­ways re­main open.

“In gen­eral, they (Pas) are not show­ing any sign that they are will­ing to work with us. Some of them (Pas lead­ers) even re­sorted to call­ing me all sorts of names.

“How­ever, there is an­other group in Pas which is in­ter­ested to col­lab­o­rate with us. What is important is the party’s stand and not the in­di­vid­ual’s stand.

“So, if there is room to dis­cuss the mat­ter even af­ter the dead­line is over, we will be open to it.”

Mukhriz also ac­knowl­edged that the party would pur­sue talks with Pas even af­ter the March 17 dead­line.

“The ne­go­ti­a­tion with Pas will con­tinue even af­ter the dead­line is over. At the same time, we are also work­ing with Pakatan Hara­pan to dis­cuss seat al­lo­ca­tion,” he said.

He urged Pakatan Hara­pan’s top lead­er­ship to set a date for a meet­ing with PPBM to dis­cuss the is­sue.

“That is why it is important for us to sit down with Pakatan Hara­pan lead­ers so that we could have a mu­tual un­der­stand­ing on the main is­sues be­fore we move for­ward to dis­cuss seat al­lo­ca­tion,” he said.

Mukhriz did not dis­count the pos­si­bil­ity that there could be dif­fer­ent zon­ing in the seat al­lo­ca­tion ne­go­ti­a­tion de­pend­ing on the op­po­si­tion par­ties which gained ma­jor­ity seats in the re­spec­tive states, such as DAP in Penang, PKR in Se­lan­gor and Pas in Ke­lan­tan.

PIC BY SHARUL HAFIZ ZAM

Tun Dr Ma­hathir Mo­hamad and his son, Datuk Seri Mukhriz Ma­hathir, at the press con­fer­ence in Alor Star yes­ter­day.

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