PAKATAN Harapan (PH) is putting all its component parties’ strength to work, getting them to lead the campaign in specific states for the next general election after firmly shutting the door to PAS.
The PH presidential council meeting last night confirmed the leadership allocation of states with PKR and Bersatu given four Malay-majority states each, while DAP and Amanah will each be leading three states, a source who attended the meeting told The Malaysian Insight.
“PKR will chair PH in Selangor, Pahang, Negeri Sembilan and Sabah.
“Bersatu has been given the responsibility to lead PH in Johor, Perak, Kedah and Perlis,” the source said on condition of anonymity.
The Malaysian Insight has also been made to understand that Bersatu deputy president Mukhriz Mahathir will be Kedah PH chief.
Another source who was present at the meeting, which ended early this morning, said DAP had been allocated the states of Penang and Sarawak and the federal territory of Kuala Lumpur.
“Amanah has been tasked to lead PH in Kelantan, Terengganu and Malacca,” said the source.
On August 10, PH chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad announced the appointment of DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng as the chairman of Penang PH, while PKR deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali and Bersatu president Muhyiddin Yassin would chair PH for Selangor and Johor respectively.
Dr Mahathir announced that Azmin, who is also PH vice-president, would be election director for the coalition and assist Muhyiddin, who chairs the election committee.
Amanah president Mohamad Sabu, who is PH deputy president, was also appointed chairman of the mobilisation and communication committee.
Shortly past midnight, PH issued a statement announcing it will not cooperate with PAS, ending months of speculation and uncertainty on the coalition’s position on the Islamist party despite a robust debate within PKR.
“Pakatan Harapan will not cooperate with PAS in the 14th general election and is preparing its strategy for the possibility of three-cornered contests in GE14,” said the statement signed by Dr Mahathir, president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and deputy presidents Muhyiddin, Mohamad and Lim.
Azmin absent from meeting
PKR had wanted to work with PAS in Selangor to avoid three-cornered fights, although the Islamist party had broken off political cooperation with it after its annual congress in Alor Setar in May.
Despite being pressed several times, PAS Selangor had also maintained that it wanted to honour voters’ mandate to stay in the Selangor government despite breaking off from Pakatan Rakyat after the last elections.
Earlier, PKR president Dr Wan Azizah said she was open to working with PAS to topple the ruling Barisan Nasional government.
This prompted two-term Selayang MP and PKR treasurer William Leong to quit the party’s political bureau in protest last week.
The problem did not end there as PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli announced on Sunday that the party should hold a special congress to decide whether to cooperate with PAS, a move that had the tacit support of PKR deputy president Azmin.
Azmin, who is the Selangor Menteri Besar, did not attend the three-hour presidential council meeting last night
THE MALAYSIAN INSIGHT