Bersatu, PAS to partner up for GE15, but rule out any new alliances to form new govt

PETALING JAYA: Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) and PAS seal a partnership deal for GE 15, and make it clear the pact will not accept any new alignment to form a new government.

In a joint statement on Wednesday (March 31), the secretaries-general of Bersatu, Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainuddin, and PAS' Datuk Seri Takiyuddin Hassan stated that the two parties would be cooperating in the next general election.

"Prime Minister and Bersatu president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang met on March 30 and decided to form better cooperation and strategies for Perikatan Nasional.

"Bersatu and PAS leaders have agreed to continue to strengthen the cooperation in Perikatan to face the 15th general election.

"Bersatu and PAS, as pioneers of Perikatan, will form a committee at the central level to strategise and decide the direction of both parties for the next general election, including seat negotiations.

"All decisions will be presented to the Perikatan supreme council for approval.

"Bersatu and PAS will reject any new alignment to form a post-GE15 government, especially one which involves Pakatan and its allies," read the statement.

They further stated that both parties are committed to foster harmony among all races and will fight all efforts to jeopardise Perikatan unity.

"We ask all Malay, Muslim and bumiputra organisations and all Malaysians to come together for a better future for the country," they said.

Bersatu and PAS are officially registered as components of the Perikatan coalition.

The statement was issued in response to recent statements during the last Umno general assembly, where cooperation with the Perikatan government was repeatedly brought into question.

Umno is currently cooperating with the Perikatan government but is not part of the Perikatan coalition.

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