‘Form state government with allies’

Weighing alliances: Wan Saiful (left) and Ahmad Maslan.

PETALING JAYA: Umno should form the new Perak government only with is allies, says the party secretary-general.

Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan said the party should choose to work with PAS, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) and Independent assemblymen friendly with it.

He said that if given the chance to form the new Perak government, it should be with the party’s allies.

Ahmad said parties in Perikatan Nasional should be its main choice, adding that other partnerships “will not be as ideal.”

“There are other choices but if you ask me, it is not the first nor the main choice.

“The top party leadership will certainly make the best decision for the people and the state (of Perak), ” he said in a tweet yesterday.

The Pontian MP’s response followed the remarks of Umno president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi yesterday that the party was willing to work with Pakatan Harapan, including DAP, to resolve the political stalemate in Perak.

Ahmad Zahid, speaking to reporters after an audience with Perak Ruler Sultan Nazrin Muizzudin Shah at Istana Kinta yesterday, revealed that there could be a new coalition in Perak which could involve Umno and arch-rival DAP.

In his tweet, Ahmad attached past news articles to suggest that Umno did not wish for drastic changes in Perak’s leadership, and that it would prefer that the state government remained in the grasp of Perikatan Nasional.

Meanwhile, Bersatu Information chief Wan Saiful Wan Jan said that the party was closely monitoring developments in Perak.

He said Bersatu would hold discussions with PAS and other partners in Perikatan before announcing its next move.

Wan Saiful said Bersatu secretary-general Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin had already issued a statement on the party’s views on the issue.

“We will continue to monitor the developing situation, ” Wan Saiful added when contacted.

On Friday, Hamzah said Bersatu would keep abreast with developments in Perak and continue to work with PAS and other allies in Perikatan before making a decision.

Barisan Nasional secretary-general Tan Sri Annuar Musa said an immediate meeting between Muafakat Nasional partners was crucial, saying both parties had to figure out how to resolve the Perak issue.

“Leaders from Umno and PAS will have an immediate meeting to discuss recent political developments including what is happening in Perak, ” the Ketereh MP tweeted yesterday.

PAS deputy president Datuk Seri Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man said he was confident that Umno would remain steadfast to the Muafakat Nasional coalition formed by the two parties despite the situation in Perak.

“I heard about Ahmad Zahid’s statement and he said he would do his level best to take care of and defend Muafakat Nasional, ” Tuan Ibrahim was quoted as saying in Kuala Trengganu.

He also said PAS would hold discussions on whether or not to be involved in the formation of a new state government in Perak.

Previously, PAS secretary-general Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan said the party would not participate in the formation of the new Perak government.

Perak’s political crisis was triggered following the ousting of Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu as mentri besar on Friday after he failed to survive a vote of confidence at the state assembly.

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