Muhyiddin: Bersatu will not contest in Sarawak, will instead support GPS

PAGOH: Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) will not be contesting in the coming Sarawak state election on Dec 18 to give way to Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS).

Instead, Bersatu president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said all of the Bersatu members would help and give their support to GPS to ensure the party would have the majority to form the state government.

He added that the decision was made after discussing the matter with Sarawak Chief Minister and GPS chairman Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg a few days before the Election Commission (EC) announced the election date.

"We had the discussion earlier with Tan Sri Abang Johari to get GPS views on the matter, and we have decided that the most important thing is to ensure that the current party in Sarawak has a majority win.

"Bersatu will not be contesting in the Sarawak state election to honour the decision made by GPS even though there are a few places that we are confident we could win," he said.

He said this during a press conference after chairing the Johor Bersatu meeting at its Pagoh division headquarters here on Saturday (Nov 27).

He however added that there might be a possibility for Perikatan Nasional (Perikatan) to work together with GPS in the coming 15th General Election (GE15).

"There is a possibility that GPS will give way to other parties to contest in the coming GE15 along with Perikatan.

"GPS has been an important ally for Perikatan in the current government and we will honour their decision and help them to win big," he added.

When asked about the expected date of GE15, Muhyiddin said that the decision would be made by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob when the right time comes.

"It is up to him (Ismail) and I have also made a request for us to have a discussion over the matter to decide when the right time (to hold GE15) and, from his point of view, he might have to bring the matter to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong as stated in the constitution.

"At the same time, I believe that he will also take into consideration the current situation and the cooperation between the ruling government and opposition parties as signed in the Memorandum of Understanding on Transformation and Political Stability," he said.

Muhyiddin added that Bersatu had already made early preparations either at the state or federal level to face the coming GE15.

Meanwhile, on the Melaka Perikatan Nasional and Bersatu chief Datuk Mohd Rafiq Naizamohideen resignation, Muhyiddin said that he welcomes the decision and will announce his replacement in the coming days.

"He had taken an honourable decision in giving ways for Bersatu to reshuffle the leadership in Melaka and I would like to thank him for all his contribution to the party," he added.

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