KUALA LUMPUR: Barisan Nasional chairman Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has brushed off talk that the coalition will be offered to helm Kelantan, Terengganu and Kedah if the Unity Government wins the upcoming state elections.
This follows remarks by Amanah communications director Khalid Abdul Samad who said Pakatan Harapan is expected to make the offer to Barisan.
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Ahmad Zahid, the Deputy Prime Minister and Rural and Regional Development Minister, said it was just Khalid's personal view as he was not involved in the Unity Government secretariat meeting.
"We will discuss this at the next secretariat meeting," he told reporters in Parliament on Tuesday (March 28).
Khalid had also told Malay language daily Utusan Malaysia that the candidate for mentri besar or chief minister for Selangor, Negri Sembilan and Penang would still come from Pakatan.
"Barisan has to accept it does not have as many seats in these three states.
"But we will negotiate for the top posts in the other three states and it is likely that they will be given to Barisan," the daily quoted him as saying.
Elections in the six states are expected to be held in the middle of the year.
Currently, Perikatan Nasional heads Kelantan, Kedah and Terengganu while Pakatan governs Selangor, Penang and Negri Sembilan.