PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang said he is convinced that Muafakat Nasional which consists of his party, PPBM and Umno will have a better chance to secure victory in the 15th general election, should there was no clash between them.
Abdul Hadi said this is because Muafakat Nasional able to pass through with the simple majority (112 seats) in Dewan Rakyat.
He added that it would not be impossible for them to secure the 148 seats if it was only a two-cornered fight with Pakatan Harapan and no sabotage within these three parties in Muafakat Nasional.
“If the coalition is competing in a two-cornered fight, the higher is our chance to win. It is important to highlight that it should be a two-cornered fight.
“If PAS gets a higher number of seats from Umno or Umno gets more than PAS, we should not betray.
“If PAS wins a higher number of seats, PAS can not leave Umno and vice versa. PPBM also cannot be left, we have to pledge loyalty to Muafakat Nasional treaties,” he was quoted as saying.
The Marang MP said the conflict to allocate seats among the three parties in the Muafakat Nasional will not be an issue if it was arranged by leaders instead of common members.
He said the plan was to gather the leaders first in order to empower the leadership, ensure direction and road map, as it will then be led to the grassroots level.
Abdul Hadi was also asked if the treaty between these three parties can be trusted and there won’t breach of it in the future, he said it would be depending on the treaty.
“The question of who will be the prime minister is only the sideline,” he said.
In September 2019, Umno and PAS have signed a treaty to officially sealed their political cooperation through Muafakat Nasional.
Meanwhile, Perikatan Nasional was only formed in March after Muhyiddin Yassin was appointed as the prime minister as he received enough majority from the MPs and also gained support from Muafakat Nasional.
The government now consists of PPBM, Barisan Nasional, PAS, Gabungan Parti Sarawak and a group of former PKR MPs led by deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali.
Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi previously said that his party will not be joining Perikatan Nasional in an official coalition.
He said Umno will be focusing to strengthen Muafakat Nasional, together with PAS and Barisan Nasional.
He added that Umno’s support towards the Perikatan Nasional government was only based on the support of Umno and Barisan Nasional MPs in the Dewan Rakyat and Assemblymen at the state level.
“Umno’s decision not to join Perikatan Nasional, as a component was decided by the Supreme Council (MT) in a meeting on July 24.
“In that decision, Umno is of the opinion that Muafakat Nasional, whose charter and memorandum of understanding has been signed, is the best platform for Umno, PAS and BN component parties in facing any eventuality in the near future,” he said.
Ahmad Zahid also confirmed that Muhyiddin has voiced his interest to join Muafakat Nasional. He said both Umno and PAS will be going looking at the matter thoroughly.
He said the committee previously has decided to give priority to Umno and PAS to strengthen the coalition.
“I will leave it to the committee to consider PPBM’s intention if it is able to further strengthen MN for the benefit of the people and the country,” he said.
When asked if the decision not to join Perikatan Nasional officially was the first step towards facing GE15, Zahid replied that it was more of a step taken after taking his full consideration.
“This is not an initial step, but in my opinion, it is a step that has been carefully thought out by the Umno and Barisan Nasional’s leadership,” he said.
Asked if it had anything to do with the court’s decision against former prime minister Najib Razak, Zahid said: “It is up to the media practitioners to interpret.”
4th August 2020 11:25
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