KUALA LUMPUR – March 9, 2017: PAS has denied that its next meeting with Pribumi Bersatu will be about seat distribution for the next general election.
Instead, the meeting will only discuss matters concerning future political cooperation between the two. Only technical matters such as the parties’ electoral focus and machinery will be discussed.
This was stated by PAS deputy president Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man today in response to a statement yesterday by Pribumi Bersatu president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin that PAS had invited his party to meet to discuss seat distribution.
“PAS does not need to discuss with Pribumi Bersatu about seat distribution because it does not involve other parties except those in Gagasan Sejahtera,” said Tuan Ibrahim.
“Pribumi Bersatu can inform us about the seats they plan to contest but it doesn’t mean that PAS will not contest the same seats just to give way to them.”
Tuan Ibrahim also quashed rumours spread by several Pribumi Bersatu-friendly Facebook groups that PAS will agree not to contest in Selangor and Johor.
Official discussions about possible political cooperation was first held early last month where senior leaders from both parties stated they were in the midst of refining the details of a PAS-Pribumi Bersatu framework of political understanding.
The meeting was held 10 days after Pribumi Bersatu chairman Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad’s stinging criticism of the Islamist party, accusing it of dragging its feet in forming an alliance with other opposition parties.