Monday, 22 August 2016
KUALA LUMPUR: Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia intends to work with the fractured opposition for the next general election.
Despite its pending registration with the Registrar of Societies (RoS), its pro-tem president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said discussions were already underway with members of the opposition and the response had been good.
Muhyiddin, who is the Pagoh MP and former deputy prime minister, said they would not exclude collaborating with PAS, which is at loggerheads with members of its splinter group Parti Amanah Negara and also the DAP.
“It’s a challenge but it is not insurmountable,” he said yesterday at the committee’s first press conference at the Persatuan Alumni Universiti Malaya clubhouse.
Support for Barisan Nasional, Muhyiddin claimed, was on the decline and there was fertile ground for change.
Negotiations for seat allocations, he said, should be based on the candidate’s ability to win.
Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who is Parti Pribumi pro-tem chairman, said they had no problems working with DAP, despite his bad blood with the party when he was in Umno.
“I was their worst enemy for 60 years but on some things, we can agree,” he said.
He said it was the same in Barisan where parties didn’t always agree but could still work together.
Dr Mahathir also claimed many thousands wanted to join Parti Pribumi but could not until the party was approved by the RoS.
The pro-tem committee, he said, was ready to accept any changes to fulfil RoS requirements.
Source by: The Star Online