‘Third force’ Pejuang offers to support any coalition with conditions

It is not possible for Pejuang to become the government, says its founder Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Pejuang, which has positioned itself as a third force, has made an open offer to support any political coalition to form the next federal government after the next general election with conditions.

“It is not possible for Pejuang to become the government. However, the support of Pejuang will determine which coalition will become the government.

“The support of Pejuang (will be given) only if its conditions are accepted,” said the party’s pro-tem chairperson and former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad in a blog post today.

“The general election, according to Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, will be held after the nationwide emergency is over. He believes that Perikatan Nasional will win as it has made preparations. Flags and banners have been ordered and seat negotiations between Bersatu, PAS and Umno have been concluded,” he said.

“For Muhyiddin, only one issue remains unresolved. He wishes that no opposition party will contest in the polls so that PN will win uncontested,” said Mahathir, who is also Langkawi MP.

For this reason, he said, Pejuang and the Malaysia United Democratic Alliance (Muda) have failed in their attempts to have their parties registered with the Registrar of Societies (ROS).

The nonagenarian foresees that Pejuang candidates may be forced to contest as independents without their own party’s flag and this will cause confusion among voters.

Another option, he said, was for Pejuang to contest under PKR’s ticket but this may be rejected by the Pakatan Harapan ally.

“Pejuang is not tied to any party, what we hope is to become the third force,” he said.

“Bersatu, which is now a multiracial party, is unlikely to win much. As such, PN parties, BN and Muafakat Nasional will pick one among them to become their prime minister.

“Umno and PAS had given the prime minister’s post to Muhyiddin previously in order to become a majority coalition if Bersatu quits Pakatan Harapan to join Muafakat Nasional,” he said.

“Only (ex-PKR deputy president) Azmin Ali and his faction from PKR have the numbers. Azmin was indirectly given the highest position in the cabinet but not deputy prime minister,” added Mahathir.

“The political situation after the 15th general election is unlikely to differ from now but it is not possible for Muhyiddin to become prime minister again,” he said.

Currently, Muhyiddin’s Bersatu holds 31 parliamentary seats while PAS and GPS control 18 seats respectively. BN has 42 seats.

Anwar Ibrahim’s PKR controls 38 seats, while DAP holds 42 seats and Amanah 11 seats. From Sabah, Shafie Apdal’s Warisan has eight seats while Upko has one.

Maharhir’s Pejuang only has four MPs remaining in the party. The other three are Jerlun MP Mukhriz Mahathir, Kubang Pasu MP Amiruddin Hamzah and Sri Gading MP Shahruddin Salleh.

MALAYSIAKINI

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