Parti Kuasa Rakyat will not join Melaka polls, but campaign for ruling coalition

PETALING JAYA: Fledgling Parti Kuasa Rakyat (Kuasa) will not join the upcoming Melaka state election but instead campaign in support of candidates from the previous ruling coalition, says party president Kamarazaman Yaakob.

"The reason why the party was recently launched was to state our ideology and direction.

"During the launch, we stated that we are friendly to the government and if we were to get involved in the state polls, we will assist candidates under the ruling coalition," he said when contacted on Monday (Oct 18).

Kamarazaman, the brother of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, launched the multiracial party Kuasa on Oct 10.

He acknowledged there were strained ties between Umno and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu), but said these must be mended ahead of the Nov 20 state election.

"PAS, Umno and Bersatu must unite to garner public confidence. Any clashes will be detrimental to the three parties," he said.

Prior to the dissolution of the 28-seat Melaka state assembly, Umno had 13 seats, followed by Bersatu with two. There were also two government-friendly independents.

The Opposition held 11 seats: seven by DAP, and two each by PKR and Parti Amanah Negara.

The state government collapsed after four assemblymen declared they had lost confidence in the leadership of Datuk Seri Sulaiman Md Ali as chief minister.

Governor Tun Mohd Ali Rustam then dissolved the state legislative assembly on Oct 5.

On Monday, the Election Commission announced that the state election will be held on Nov 20, with nomination day set for Nov 8.

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