JOHOR BARU: Parti Amanah Negara deputy president Salahuddin Ayub has brushed off talk that he and state party chairman Aminolhuda Hassan are vying for the mentri besar post if Pakatan Harapan comes into power in Johor.
Salahuddin, who is also Pakatan vice-president, said his party would leave it to the leaders of the coalition to decide on the matter if they were successful in taking over the state.
“Ours is a small party and sounding too ambitious is not good,” he told a press conference here yesterday.
In denying the rumours, Salahuddin said they were probably spread by those with vested interests.
Those responsible, he said, were trying to create a perception that there was infighting between Amanah and Pakatan leaders.
“There are several other candidates in Pakatan who are more suitable for the post, should we win, including Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, its secretary general Datuk Dr Shahruddin Md Salleh and state PKR chief Hassan Karim,” he said.
Furthermore, he said it was still too early to talk about who would become the mentri besar, despite the coalition’s confidence in wresting the state from Barisan Nasional in the next general election.
The new opposition pact, he said, was in a better position to do better than the previous loose coalition, as it had a common strategy and had agreed that seat allocations would be based on consensus.
On another issue, Salahuddin said Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s past deeds when he was prime minister and Umno president would have no bearing on the cooperation between parties in Pakatan.
Pakatan leaders, he said, were only interested in strengthening the coalition between the opposition parties.
“Our focus is to move forward and concentrate our energy on preparing for the general election,” he said.
He added that Pakatan leaders trusted each other, and it was this trust that had made it possible for the coalition to come this far.
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