Time for Pakatan Hara­pan to move on, says Muhyid­din

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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.

HAFIZ ZAM PIC BY SHARUL

Parti Pribumi Ber­satu Malaysia pres­i­dent Tan Sri Muhyid­din Yassin speak­ing to the media in Alor Star yes­ter­day.

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