Working with PAS not on the cards, says Dr M


Reaching out: Dr Mahathir meeting children at a carnival held in conjunction with the launch of the National Community Policy in Puchong.

Reaching out: Dr Mahathir meeting children at a carnival held in conjunction with the launch of the National Community Policy in Puchong.

PUCHONG: A PAS-Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia collaboration is not on the cards although the Islam­ist party’s leadership has declared confidence in Prime Minis­ter Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s leadership.

Dr Mahathir said the possibility of collaboration was not discussed when PAS president Datuk Seri Ab­d­ul Hadi Awang, secretary-general Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan and Terengganu Mentri Besar Dr Ahm­ad Samsuri Mokhtar met him recently.

“They only said they would not support Umno in this (Semenyih) by-election because Umno was not fighting against DAP.

“But they did not say they would support Bersatu/Pakatan Harapan candidate,” he said after launching the National Community Policy here yesterday.

Dr Mahathir also clarified that he had only received a sample support letter endorsed by Takiyuddin.

“I did not receive any letter signed by Hadi and Samsuri.

“I only have one letter,” he said, adding that they would eventually submit a written endorsement.

Dr Mahathir said they needed to reach an agreement to ensure both sides had representation in village committees, for example.

“In Kelantan and Terengganu, Pakatan does not have representatives in village committees.

“In states controlled by Pakatan, PAS wants representation in local planning bodies,” he added.

Dr Mahathir also noted that some PAS leaders were on the ground cam­paigning for the Umno candidate.

The Prime Minister said he felt compelled to expose the truth pertaining to the meeting following denials issued.

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