PETALING JAYA: PAS’ refusal to work with Pakatan Harapan means that the Islamist party will be handing victory to Barisan Nasional and Umno in the next general election, says Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
He wrote on his blog that based on PAS’ track record, the party would not win more than 15 of the 80 seats it contests in.
“PAS knows they will lose in most of the seats, but they want to contest anyway because of their principles, resulting in three-cornered or multi-cornered fights” the former premier said.
“By contesting, PAS will not only lose, but drag down all other opposition parties with them.
He said PAS would spend “an exorbitant amount of money” to grant victory to Barisan and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
“So it is indeed not extreme to say that PAS under the leadership of Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang is supporting Najib. It is true.
“Their insistence on nominating candidates for seats they won’t win, means PAS supports Najib and Umno,” he said.
Dr Mahathir said PAS has done nothing but divide the Malays and Muslim community since its inception.
Pakatan Harapan, of which Dr Mahathir’s Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia is part of, has been in negotiations with PAS to join the opposition for almost a year now.
PAS has voiced its opposition as it does not want to work with DAP, which is a part of the opposition coalition.