KUALA LUMPUR: An official invitation was extended a few months ago to Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia to join the Muafakat Nasional alliance comprising Umno and PAS, says Tan Sri Annuar Musa.
The Barisan Nasional secretary-general said the matter was discussed "months ago".
"Both presidents of Umno and PAS met the Bersatu president and they discussed the matter.
"I personally met Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin after being given the green light by the Umno president (Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi).
"Each party has a certain procedure and it has to be discussed at respective supreme council levels," he said after visiting Taman Awam Bukit Kiara on Thursday (July 30).
The Ketereh MP said he hoped a decision could be reached before Sept 14, when Muafakat Nasional celebrates its first anniversary.
Annuar, who is also Federal Territories Minister, also said there was no issue of Umno exiting Perikatan Nasional.
"Umno never officially joined Perikatan as the coalition was not formally registered.
"What the Umno president meant was that unlike Perikatan, Muafakat Nasional has been established officially between Umno and PAS, and that should remain as the major platform for now," he said.
In a statement earlier on Thursday, Zahid said that Umno reaffirmed its decision that it would not join Perikatan if it is registered as a coalition.
He said Umno would remain in Muafakat Nasional with PAS but this did not mean the party was withdrawing its support for the present government.
On the political situation in Sabah, Annuar said only Yang di-Pertua Negeri Tun Juhar Mahiruddin had the power to dissolve the state assembly.
"Chief Minister (Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal) can only recommend for the dissolution. We will wait for an official announcement from the Governor," said Annuar.
Earlier on Thursday (July 30), Shafie announced that the state assembly had been dissolved, saying that Tun Juhar Mahiruddin had agreed to the dissolution.
This was after former chief minister Tan Sri Musa Aman told a press conference on Wednesday (July 29) that he had secured a simple majority to form a new state government in a coalition involving several parties.
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