PAS backs Dr Mahathir, says commitment for Semenyih polls different


PETALING JAYA: PAS will throw its full support behind the leadership of Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad until the next general election, says its secretary-general Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan.

“The sample written undertaking given to the Prime Minister is the commitment and support of PAS to support the leadership of Dr Mahathir for the sake of religion, race and country until the next general election.

“There was also an agreement to foster better cooperation between the federal government and the state governments of Terengganu and Kelantan on matters of administration, development and oil royalty,” said Takiyuddin in a statement following the PAS central committee meeting on Sunday (17 Feb).

According to Takiyuddin, the Islamist party's “degree of commitment” in supporting Barisan Nasional in the Semenyih by-election is different compared with the Cameron Highlands polls.

“This is in line with our consistent stand that we place priority on the Malay and Muslim interests above others as PAS retains its ties with Umno for the sake of solidarity of the opposition."

On Friday (Feb 15), PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang and Dr Mahathir had a meeting at Yayasan Albukhary in Putrajaya.

Dr Mahathir said PAS has formally stated it will not support Umno in the Semenyih by-election.

On Sunday (Feb 17), Dr Mahathir explained that PAS will not support Umno in the Semenyih polls because the candidate this time was from Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia, and not DAP.

He, however, said PAS did not say it will support Pakatan Harapan in the by-election.

Dr Mahathir also said that he had only received a sample of the support letter endorsed by Takiyuddin, and did not receive any letters signed by Abdul Hadi and Terengganu Mentri Besar Dr Ahmad Samsuri Mokhtar.

"I only have one letter," he said, saying they would eventually submit a written endorsement.

Abdul Hadi had confirmed his meeting with Dr Mahathir but said he discussed administrative matters with the Prime Minister.

PAS had helped Umno during the Cameron Highlands parliamentary by-election and has also decided to sit out the Semenyih state by-election.