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A Pas-PKR-Pribumi Bersatu coalition in the making

Bersatu, Pas and PKR VS Umno

Zaidi Azmi
Written by Zaidi Azmi

KUALA LUMPUR – January 12, 2017:  Pas, PKR and Pribumi Bersatu have started to discuss the possibility of setting up a new opposition coalition catering especially for the Malay Muslim electorates.

Pas election director Datuk Mustafa Ali today told The Mole that leaders of his party, PKR and Pribumi Bersatu had been meeting each other to discuss the matter.

“The discussion is still at its infancy stage but so far all three parties have agreed to co-host political talks whenever possible because Umno is still our common (political) enemy.

“That is why Pas will always share the stage with leaders from PKR and Pribumi Bersatu in our talks and vice versa,” he said.

Mustapa also said the meetings to discuss the possible coalition were done with the knowledge of Pas president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang.

He however, declined to disclose any in-depth details about the matter as he said it was still too early to reveal the “fine print” of such a coalition.

The Mole had earlier learnt about the meetings to set up the possible coalition between Pas, PKR and Pribumi Bersatu from a source within Pas who however said that they were done without the knowledge of PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

“It was only between Azmin (PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali), Muhyiddin (Pribumi Bersatu president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin) and Mustafa,” said the source.

“She (Dr Wan Azizah) has no idea what’s going on. I think there’s a conspiracy in PKR,” the source added.

Selangor Pas information secretary Khairuddin Othman, when contacted expressed support for the formation of a coalition between the three Malay Muslim-based opposition parties.

Like Mustafa, Khairuddin also thinks that the Umno-led Barisan Nasional government needs to be removed regardless of which opposition parties it wants to be friendly with.

“It is up to Umno to befriend anyone, including DAP but the most important thing for us (Pas) is to remove them in the next general election.

“We have been their foe for the longest time and has been fighting them long before the existence of PKR and Pribumi Bersatu,” said Khairuddin, adding that Pas will not simply take the back seat even if Umno wants to be friendly with it.

Relations between Pas and Umno have improved ever since Pas left the now defunct Pakatan Rakyat opposition coalition after worsening spat with DAP.

The same optimism over the possible setting-up of a Pas-PKR-Pribumi Bersatu tripartite partnership was also shared by PKR Wanita chief Zuraida Kamaruddin who told The Mole that the official formation of it was “only a matter of time.”

“Our relationship now is based on a loose cooperation, but trust me, it will be inked in the nearest time. We, at PKR have been discussing about it,” said Zuraida.

An official coalition, as she puts it, will allow the three parties to devise a more strategic and focused campaigns to woo the hearts and minds of especially Malay Muslim voters.

“PKR will deal with urban Malays, Pribumi Bersatu will campaign at Umno’s strongholds in rural areas, while Pas will fortify its influence among the more conservative Malays,” Zuraida suggested.

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Zaidi Azmi

Zaidi Azmi

Despite becoming The MOLE's journalist in 2014, he still has a hard time traversing the city. If he is not lost, this northern kampung boy can be found struggling to make some sense out of the Malaysian political sphere.