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Pribumi Bersatu not joining opposition pact

Zaidi Azmi
Written by Zaidi Azmi

PETALING JAYA — December 13, 2016: Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia today officially confirmed that it is not joining the Pakatan Harapan (Pakatan) oppositon but will only collaborate with it.

Despite stopping shot of the finish line, Pribumi Bersatu president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin insists that the signing of a seven-point cooperation and framework agreement with Pakatan today is a historic occasion.

The pact consists of the DAP, PKR and Amanah. The agreement was also signed by PKR president Datuk Seri Dr. Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng and Amanah president Mohamad Sabu.

This decision by Pribumi Bersatu doesn’t come as a complete surprise because it was only about two months ago that it also stopped short of pledging its future on the very day it was expected to announce an official position in the pact.

After the signing at the PKR headquarters, Muhyiddin declared the occasion as the beginning of a new form of political cooperation.

A committee to discuss the distribution of seats in the next general election will be formed.

“As a new party, we do not have seats so we ask our friends in Pakatan to consider giving some of their seats that Pribumi Bersatu has good chances of winning.

“It’s no use for us to sign this agreement if we cannot support the opposition in terms of winning seats,” said Muhyiddin.

He said that Pribumi Bersatu, which is made up almost entirely of former Umno members, will continue to negotiate with PAS for a similar agreement to ensure a one-to-one contest against Barisan Nasional.

“We have already discussed with PAS, which has indicated its willingness to talk with us but it is too early to disclose anything.

“Obviously there must be a timeline but the meeting we had with them was only the first. We are taking it one step at a time.”

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If Zaidi Azmi isn’t busy finding his way in the city, this 26-year-old northern kampung boy can be found struggling to make sense of the Malaysian political scene. Zaidi can be reached at zaidiazmi91@gmail.com.