ANY negotiation with PAS must not be done at the expense of other Pakatan Harapan component parties, said Bersatu president Muhyiddin Yassin.
“Officially, PH has already decided that we will no longer have any tie with PAS,” Muhyiddin told The Malaysian Insight in an exclusive interview yesterday.
Therefore, any PH party wanting to conduct electoral negotiations with PAS must not affect other parties in the opposition coalition, the pact’s deputy president said.
There were talks between PAS and Bersatu but these discussions ended after the Islamist party cut ties with PKR and PH in April, he said.
“It led to nowhere and PAS decided during its muktamar (annual congress) that there would be no cooperation with PKR as well as Bersatu. We have accepted that,” said Muhyiddin at his office.
He is also unaware of any discussion between any PH component party in Selangor with PAS.
“We were not told by them although they did ask for some space and we said okay.
“I have asked my friend on that side, how far have they discussed but there was no response. How many seats or what seats were discussed but there was no response.
“They cannot do this at the expense the other component parties – DAP, Bersatu and Amanah. This is not a matter of fighting for seats.
“They have to be fair so that it won’t be an obstacle for the other members in PH,” Muhyiddin said, referring to PKR, by far the only party in PH which has said it will “keep the door” open to PAS.
Sources recently told The Malaysian Insight that several PAS representatives, including office-bearers and at least four state lawmakers from Selangor PAS, are planning to join PKR.
PAS, which used to be allies with PKR and DAP under the former opposition pact Pakatan Rakyat, split when its progressive leaders left to form Amanah.
The Islamist party, however, has dismissed talk that some of its assemblymen and leaders will join PKR in Selangor.
On Bersatu’s annual general meeting tomorrow, Muhyiddin said 137 registered divisions will attend the AGM at the Ideal Convention Centre (IDCC), Shah Alam.
Bersatu expects around 1,000 delegates to attend its inaugural annual congress. Each division will send eight delegates. Another 21 divisions that have not yet registered officially with Bersatu will send delegates to observe the annual congress.
The congress will centre on Bersatu chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s policy speech and that only one motion will be debated tomorrow.
The motion, to support the chairman’s speech, will be proposed by Youth chief Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman.
But the inaugural AGM has decided to hold the delegate debates behind closed doors.
“We decided for the debate to be closed door because we need to give space for the delegates to speak freely.
“We want it to be an open space for them not to feel awkward.”