KUALA LUMPUR – July 3, 2020: Senior Umno politician Tan Sri Shahrir Samad is not in favour of his party and PAS of endorsing now Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as prime minister after the next national elections simply because many other more important decisions have yet to be made by Perikatan Nasional.
Shahrir, a former minister and now Johor Baru division chief, is of the view that Perikatan leaders should first settle matters such as the distribution of seats and possible use of a common symbol.
Leaders of both parties should also first consider the conditions Muhyiddin may put forth if the Pribumi Bersatu president is to lead Perikatan into the 15th general elections as its prime minister candidate.
Shahrir was responding to Muhyiddin’s announcement two days ago that he had the backing of all Perikatan component parties.
“Do we need to settle who becomes PM first? Why are things done backwards? Shouldn’t we first solve how BN (Barisan Nasional), Muafakat Nasional and/or Perikatan will enter GE15?
“Will we be entering it separately? Collectively? Under one symbol?” asked Shahrir at Facebook last nigh/
The Perikatan government is made up of Pribumi Bersatu, Sarawak Parties Coalition and Muafakat, consisting BN and PAS. It came to power following the collapse of the Pakatan Harapan coalition in late February.
Shahrir also likened the endorsement of Muhyiddin to the recent announcement by former prime minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad that Warisan president Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal should be the Pakatan candidate for PM.
“And now what are Muhyiddin’s conditions after being named as PM candidate? #MuafakatNasionalAdaLagi? (Is Muafakat Nasional still there?)” he wrote.
Yesterday, Muafakat co-secretary general Tan Sri Annuar Musa said Umno and PAS had agreed to support Muhyiddin, adding that this was discussed during a steering committee meeting two weeks ago.
PAS president Datuk Seri Hadi Awang echoed a similar view, also at Facebook.