PAS vice-president warns there will no longer be any need for discussions about joining forces with PPBM should PPBM join Pakatan Harapan.
PETALING JAYA: PAS has threatened to call off any cooperation with Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) should the six-month-old party officially join forces with Pakatan Harapan.
“If that is PPBM’s official stance, then it is over. There is no need for any more discussions.
“We will go it alone,” the party’s vice-president Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah was quoted as saying by Berita Harian, possibly alluding to preparations for the 14th general election.
Amar, according to the Malay daily, also said the Islamist party would not allow PPBM to take part in any events organised by PAS, should they join the opposition coalition.
He said this in response to PPBM chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s revelation yesterday that party leaders had unanimously agreed to form a formal coalition with PH.
The former prime minister said the alliance would see the three PH component parties and PPBM participate in the next general election under one logo, one manifesto and one candidate for every seat.
Mahathir also said PAS was more than welcome to join the new coalition, although the two parties had yet to discuss the matter.
Since the formation of PH in 2015, PAS has been steadfast in refusing to join the coalition, largely due to the presence of DAP and Amanah.
PAS and DAP severed ties following a fall-out over hudud. PAS has vowed never to work again with DAP and PAS-splinter group, Amanah.
In December, PPBM signed an electoral pact with PKR, DAP and Amanah, but stopped short of joining PH.
In February, PAS and PPBM met to discuss a plan for an electoral pact, but instead decided to form a joint technical committee, comprising top leaders from both parties, expected to further study what they called a “framework of political understanding”.
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