Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia’s (Bersatu) one-month ultimatum for PAS to forge an electoral pact was firm, said the party’s chairperson Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
“We have tried to resolve (the deadlock). We have been very patient. We did not say anything bad about PAS. We have done everything possible, what else can we do?
“I don’t want to crawl and kiss the feet of PAS leader,” Mahathir told reporters in Putrajaya today.
“We will give them one month, even they said one month is not necessary. We are very generous people.”
Mahathir issued the ultimatum, starting from Feb 11, although talks between between Bersatu and PAS are supposed to be ongoing. The first meeting between the leadership of the two parties was held on Feb 1.
Following the ultimatum, PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang said his party will not cooperate with Bersatu as long as they are allied with DAP and Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah).
In response to this, Mahathir said he expected PAS to perform worse during the next general election if it refuses to cooperate with any political party.
“(Thus), it is up to them to see if they are the bigger loser or not. At the federal level, they never succeeded even winning a quarter of the (parliamentarian) seats,” he said at a press conference today at Putrajaya.
He said Bersatu could not forgo working with DAP because the party currently hold 36 seats in the Dewan Rakyat while PAS had less than twenty.