KUCHING — The informal Perikatan Nasional (PN) coalition has agreed that Bersatu president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin will lead its joint campaign in the 15th general election, Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) president Tan Sri Dr James Masing said today.
He said the consensus was reached in a meeting of 12 component party leaders yesterday.
“This understanding augurs well for the PN when GE15 is called, unlike PH (Pakatan Harapan) which is still plagued by dispute between Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal, as to who should be the prime minister should PH win the fight after GE15, “ Masing in a statement.
One key issue was the division of seats among the parties, particularly between Bersatu, Umno and PAS that all appeal to the Malay electorate.
“The sooner the better. If they cannot overcome their historical and personality differences before going to battle; there is a danger that PN may not only lose the internal battle within its own organisation, but the war of GE15 in the end,” he said in reference to overlap.
However, Masing said unifying theme in PN was their common rejection of DAP.
“In this aspect MCA needs to strengthen itself to fight for the Chinese communities in Malaysia,” he added.
He also said Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg, who is Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) chairman, has clearly conveyed his coalition’s stand in relation to PN.
“GPS supports Muhyiddin as the prime minister and will give him its full support to lead the charge comes GE15.
“He (Abang Johari) told the meeting that the 12th state election for Sarawak is just round the corner, and GPS is ready,” Masing, who is also the deputy chief minister, stressed.
He said Muhyiddin and PAS president Datuk Seri Hadi Awang have both agreed that their parties would not contest in the Sarawak poll.
“This assurance not only will clear the way for GPS to fight the opposition head on, but it is a good sign that PN component parties respect and honour its commitment to assist GPS when PRN12 is called,” he said.
Both Bersatu and PAS have established branches in Sarawak. Umno does not have an official presence here due to a previous arrangement brokered within Barisan Nasional.
Muhyiddin yesterday chaired a two-hour meeting with the leaders of the PN parties.
After Perikatan meeting, Muhyiddin says has full support of 12 political parties, including from Sarawak and Sabah
KUALA LUMPUR,— Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin is confident he holds the majority political support in the country, amid the Opposition’s attempts for an ouster.
“All of the parties’ leadership expressed their support to Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and agreed to strengthen mutual understanding and cooperation with one another for the sake of political stability as well as the well-being of the people and the country’s prosperity,” the post stated.
* Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (Umno)
* Datuk Seri Tuan Guru Haji Abdul Hadi Awang (PAS)
* Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong (MCA)
* Tan Sri Vigneswaran Sanasee (MIC)
* Datuk Abang Abdul Rahman Zohari Abang Openg (PBB)
* Prof Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian (SUPP)
* Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing (PDP)
* Tan Sri James Jemut Masing (PRS)
* Datuk Seri Maximus Johnity Ongkili (PBS)
* Tan Sri Joseph Kurup (PBRS)
* Datuk Jeffrey Kitingan (STAR)
Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali who is currently partyless, was listed as present at the meeting as the PN chief whip alongside Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainuddin as Bersatu secretary-general.
The Muhyiddin administration has been repeatedly denounced by the Opposition Pakatan Harapan (PH) and labelled a “backdoor government”.
Muhyiddin’s party was previously a member of the PH coalition when it was catapulted to federal power in the 2018 general election.
Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has branded Muhyiddin a “traitor” and has been seeking his removal from office through a vote of no-confidence in Parliament.