PREPARATIONS for the next general election are under way for component parties under Perikatan Nasional in Penang, hinted its chairman Datuk Shabudin Yahya.
He said the coalition comprising PAS, Parti Pribumi Bersatu and Gerakan had formed a committee with members of each party heading respective portfolios, adding that their next step would be to arrange their election machinery.
“Perikatan in Penang was developed about two months ago.
“So far, we have formed a committee in Penang comprising members from all three component parties with respective portfolios.
“Next, we will discuss strategies to prepare the election machinery involving the three parties.
“These parties have good experience in managing election machinery and we are confident that all will go smoothly, ” he told reporters recently.
Shabudin added that the members had undergone courses and exercises, and the preparations were to tackle various scenarios that might change.
On its collaboration with Umno, Shabudin said the matter was never raised within state level and it would be dealt with by the central committee.
He said Perikatan’s focus now would be to foster closer partnership among its parties, and was fine with PAS also working with Muafakat Nasional, a pact formed between Umno and PAS.
“So far, PAS is giving good cooperation with Perikatan and some of them are even holding important portfolios.
“There is no restriction for them to cooperate with others and we do not see any issues from it, so does PAS, ” he added.
Earlier, Shabudin, who is Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department in charge of the law and Parliament portfolio, witnessed a signing of memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) International Policy And Research Study Centre and Prime Minister Department’s Bumiputera Participation Coordination Unit at a hotel in Seberang Jaya.
He said the agreement was to enable USM to conduct studies and formulate programmes to empower bumiputeras in Penang.
“The programmes will leave a long-term impact and encompass seven focus groups.
“These researchers appointed will conduct studies on data and assist fellow assemblymen in preparing for their debates to benefit bumiputeras in Penang.
“Results from the study will be used in policy-making processes and help resolve existing issues, ” he said.
Present to sign the memorandum were USM’s deputy vice-chancellor Prof Dr Abdul Rahman Mohamed and the coordination unit’s director Asuat Ahmad.