GEORGE TOWN: PAS’ reluctance to state who it supports is favourable to BN, Penang Amanah chief Mujahid Yusof Rawa said when asked about PAS’ place in the opposition alliance, Pakatan Harapan.
He said PAS had been given a deadline, until the end of the year, to decide if it wanted to be part of Pakatan.
“PAS is being ‘tidak berkecuali’ (non-aligned) to any side.
“But this is more favourable to BN,” Mujahid said in a press conference at the Penang Digital Library here today.
PAS is perceived by observers as leaning towards BN after its recent anti-opposition stance and rhetoric over certain issues.
More recently, PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang was seen at a Rohingya rally with Prime Minister Najib Razak. This fueled speculation of a possible alliance between Umno and PAS in the next polls.
Meanwhile, Mujahid said Amanah was considering contesting in five seats in Penang, including the Permatang Pasir state seat held by PAS.
The Permatang Pasir seat is currently held by PAS’ Mohd Salleh Man.
Salleh has stated he is loyal to PAS but also “Pakatan Harapan friendly”.
“Of course, we have a great interest in this seat, because PAS is not a member of PH. Why should we give way to them?
“It is not about Salleh Man. I may like him as a friend, but the party is not our partner,” Mujahid said.
On the issue of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) becoming a Pakatan member, Mujahid said this would be decided at the Pakatan Harapan presidential council.
“We really hope PPBM makes a clear stand on whether it wants to join Pakatan during the Dec 14 council meeting.
“I feel a decision is already made and the outcome is likely to be positive,” Mujahid said.