Dr M: Bersatu needs to work with coalition parties to share success

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  • Monday, 16 Sep 2019

Dr Mahathir signing a copy of his autobiography for a Bersatu member in Kuching, Sarawak on Sept 16, 2019. – ZULAZHAR SHEBLEE/The Star

KUCHING: Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia members must be united within the party and the wider Pakatan Harapan coalition in preparing for the coming Sarawak state election, says Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

The Prime Minister said Bersatu would not be able to win the elections on its own but needs to work together with its coalition partners.

"If we want to grab everything for ourselves only, we will end up with nothing. But if we are willing to share with others, we will share success together.

"This is why we have a coalition – because without one we will continue to lose. So it's important to have unity in the party and in the coalition if we want to succeed," he said at Sarawak Bersatu's Karnival Berambeh here Monday (Sept 16).

Dr Mahathir, who is Bersatu chairman, said the party could not contest the elections if it were to solely depend on the support of its own members.

Likewise, he said candidates from other Pakatan parties would need Bersatu's support.

"But if we sabotage other coalition partners, we will all lose," he said.

Sarawak holds its elections separately from parliamentary elections. The next state polls is due in mid 2021.

Dr Mahathir observed that Sarawakians usually chose a state government that had close ties with the Federal Government.

"Now, with the change in the Federal Government (after GE14), it's an unusual situation for Sarawak in that the state government does not belong to the same coalition as the Federal Government, so perhaps the cooperation between the state and Federal Governments is not as strong as the people want.

"If you want the ties between the state and Federal Governments to be strong, it's important that in the coming election you change the state government to Pakatan as well," he said.

Sarawak is currently helmed by Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS), an independent state-based coalition formed when its component parties pulled out of Barisan Nasional following GE14.

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