Time for Pakatan Harapan to move on, says Muhyiddin
ALOR STAR: It is high time for Pakatan Harapan to close the chapter on cooperation with Pas and move on to face three-cornered fights in the 14th General Election (GE14).
This was the response of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin on PKR’s decision to relinquish political appointments of its members in the Pas-led Kelantan government.
He said the move was timely as the Pas Syura Council, the party’s highest decision-making body, had decided to sever its political cooperation with PKR.
Admitting that the door for talks between PPBM and Pas was also shut for good, he said Pakatan should focus on battling three-cornered fights with Pas and Barisan Nasional in GE14.
He said Pakatan remained upbeat on its chances despite admitting that Pas’s decision had dented the opposition’s hopes to ensure a straight fight with BN.
“However, we still have a good chance in three-cornered fights, provided that we have the right strategy,” he said after chairing a meeting with Kedah PPBM divisional leaders at the party’s state headquarters in Stargate yesterday.
Present was his deputy, Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir.
On Wednesday, PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail announced that political appointees from PKR should relinquish their positions in the Kelantan government.
However, she had said the party’s political bureau would only decide on the fate of three Pas executive council members in the Selangor government after Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali returned from abroad.
Meanwhile, Muhyiddin hinted that PPBM wished to be in charge of Pakatan’s pact in Kedah in GE14.
“Based on the support that we have garnered in Kedah, PPBM wishes to lead Pakatan in Kedah, pending an agreement with our partners.”
He said the party’s main priority was to ensure that PPBM and its partners — DAP, PKR and Parti Amanah Negara — win in the seats they fielded candidates.
Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin speaking to the media in Alor Star yesterday.