PASIR GUDANG: Pakatan Harapan parties – including the temporarily disbanded Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia – will be contesting the 14th General Election under the logo of PKR.
Pakatan chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad announced this during a gathering in Taman Dahlia here yesterday.
All four Opposition parties – Pribumi, PKR, DAP and Amanah – would unite under one logo in GE14, said Dr Mahathir.
Earlier, in a press conference in Kuala Lumpur, Dr Mahathir said Pribumi members would be contesting 52 parliamentary seats in the general election as independents under a common logo.
Dr Mahathir said the members would even contest as independents under logos of different parties if offered to do so.
“Our members will contest as independent candidates in the polls under a common logo used by Pakatan. If they say we are illegal, then we can’t say we are from Pribumi.
“But the 52 seats still belong to us – not Pribumi but the group that was formerly Pribumi,” he told reporters in his office at Yayasan al-Bukhary here yesterday.
Pribumi members, said the former premier, had every right – like any other Malaysian – to contest as a candidate in the polls.
“We can use any logo and we can stand as individuals. As ex-Pribumi members, we are citizens of this country and we have every right to contest in the elections.
“If there is any party which allow us to contest under its name, we will do so as independent candidates,” said Dr Mahathir.
Pakatan previously allocated Pribumi 52 seats, followed by PKR (51), DAP (35) and Parti Amanah Negara (27) in the elections.
Their members, said Dr Mahathir, would however not be joining the other component parties in Pakatan following the disbandment notice issued by the Registrar of Societies (RoS).
On Thursday, the RoS had ordered Pribumi to temporarily disband for 30 days as it had failed to fulfil the body’s Feb 28 notice requesting for documents and details of the party.
This means that Pribumi will not be allowed to use its logo or conduct any party activity during its disbandment with immediate effect.
Pribumi now has 30 days to fulfil RoS’ request for more documents and file an appeal, failing which the party will be permanently deregistered.
He also said Pakatan would need to win big in all seats with huge majorities of up to 10,000 to 50,000 should they hope to form the Government.
The huge majorities, he claimed, was to prevent Barisan Nasional from manipulating the elections.