ROMPIN: Barisan Nasional's Datuk Seri Mohd Johari Hussain has welcomed Pakatan Harapan candidate Mohd Fadzli Mohd Ramly’s willingness to make way for him in the Tioman state seat for the 15th General Election (GE15).
Mohd Johari said Mohd Fadzli's gesture symbolised a high level of maturity following Pahang Pakatan's decision to support Barisan to form the state government, in addition to taking into account political developments at the federal level.
"I take in the positives in the statements made by our Pakatan friends who are backing me to ensure the new state government formed is led by Barisan.
"This is what we can call a harmonious unity government,” he said when met during a campaign walkabout here on Sunday (Nov 17).
Mohd Johari said he understood that the offer is being discussed at Pakatan state leadership level but no firm decision has been made yet.
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Mohd Fadzli had earlier expressed his willingness to give way to the Barisan candidate if asked to by the Pakatan presidential council, but said he had not received any official instruction yet.
GE15 saw Barisan winning 16 seats in Pahang, Perikatan Nasional bagging 17, and Pakatan eight.
This resulted in a hung state assembly as no party or coalition obtained a simple majority of 22 seats.
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Following this, Pahang Pakatan chairman Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari said the coalition would back Barisan to form and lead the state government.
Polling for the Tioman seat for GE15 was postponed to Dec 7 following the death of Perikatan candidate Md Yunus Ramli on polling day (Nov 19).
Apart from Mohd Fadzli and Mohd Johari, other candidates vying to win the seat are Perikatan candidate Nor Idayu Hashim, Pejuang's Osman A. Bakar and Independent Sulaiman Bakar. – Bernama