SHAH ALAM – January 15, 2017: Pribumi Bersatu’s effort to unify the opposition parties for the next general election is facing difficulties because of Pas.
Its deputy president Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir said discussions with Pas leaders for the formation of a united opposition coalition have not yield anything significant.
“Pribumi understands that there may be some issues with Pas in regards to some other parties in Pakatan Harapan (PH),” he said in an apparent reference to Pas’ quarrel with DAP and its splinter Amanah.
“But we hope that we can achieve something really significant in the near future. So, Pribumi Bersatu is working on a formula that works for all of us (opposition parties).
“The sooner the better, because we don’t know if Najib (Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak) may pull a quick one and dissolve the parliament unexpectedly (for the general election).”
Mukhriz was speaking to reporters after the launching of Pribumi Bersatu at the Malawati Stadium here last night which was attended by over 3,000 people.
Earlier at the event, Pribumi Bersatu chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad insisted that any opposition party that causes a three-cornered fight in the next general election is an ally of Najib.
“They are splitting apart the front that is opposing Najib. The people needs to understand that if they vote for these parties’ candidates, they are actually voting for Najib, Umno, BN and kleptocracy,” he said in his presidential speech.
The need for a united opposition front was also echoed by Pribumi Bersatu president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin who said that is what the people want as they are ready to change the government.
“But first, they want to see a united opposition bloc. Do not create multiple cornered fights because the people won’t vote for us if that happens.
“They have no confidence in us being able to best BN if we are split apart. Therefore, it is important for opposition parties to form a new political coalition before the next general election,” said Muhyiddin.
All Pribumi Bersatu leaders who spoke at the event said the party will push the agenda of having the opposition parties contesting the general election under a single flag.