PUTRAJAYA: Perikatan Nasional is open to accepting anyone but it has to be without conditions, said Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin.
The Perikatan secretary-general said the country’s laws allow one to have the freedom of political affiliation and association.
“You can join any party as you wish. That is permitted by the law.
“Perikatan is open to accepting anyone or any party who shares its aspirations but those joining our fold must not stipulate any conditions, ” he said to reporters on Thursday (April 15).
Hamzah was commenting on a statement by former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad that there are ongoing attempts to bring him into the Perikatan coalition, but he could not accept the overtures because there were “criminals” on the government bench.
In an interview with a news portal, Dr Mahathir claimed he had been receiving such overtures even before the change of government in March last year.
He however did not want to be associated with the government that has the support of the “court cluster”.