KUALA LUMPUR: Pakatan Harapan will not be allowed to display pictures of its chairman and prime minister-designate Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad on its campaign posters, said DAP organising secretary Anthony Loke.
This is because Pakatan is not formally registered with the Registrar of Societies (RoS) as a coalition, he added.
Loke said the Opposition is only allowed to display pictures of its candidates and the president of the party contesting in the polls.
“We felt this shouldn’t be banned by the EC (Election Commission). We want to campaign and we want to show our leaders. That is the right of respective parties.
“Why does the EC want to interfere? This is none of the EC’s business,” he said after Pakatan’s presidential council meeting in Parliament yesterday.
The Home Ministry had earlier said ongoing investigations into Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Pribumi) is holding up Pakatan’s registration as a formal coalition.
The ministry is investigating the multiple complaints received over Pribumi’s annual general meeting last December and whether it was held in line with the party’s constitution.
Pribumi chairman Dr Mahathir said the party had informed RoS that it does not have any branches.
“They know we don’t have branches ... that’s why we did not allow branch leaders to take part in the meeting to select a representative to the AGM,” he said.
Dr Mahathir also appeared unfazed over prospects of Pribumi not being registered as a party by RoS.
“The registration is not coming ... But, we don’t care. Whether it comes or not, we have our plans on how to conduct our party during the election.”
When quizzed about where he would contest, he merely said “it’s a national secret”.
Dr Mahathir also said Pakatan had not decided on its mentri besar candidate for Johor.
Speculation is rife that Pribumi deputy president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin is set to be named as a candidate for Johor mentri besar should Pakatan seize the state in the elections.
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