KUCHING: Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has been given the mandate to lead Perikatan Nasional (PN) in the upcoming general election by the PN component parties.
Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) president and Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing said this was the consensus reached by the PN component party leaders during a two hour meet in Putrajaya on Wednesday.
“In spite of PN being a loose coalition of 12 political parties, all heads of political parties present agreed for Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to lead the charge comes GE15 and by virtue of being the leader, he will be the prime minister nominee,” he said in a statement on Thursday.
Masing said the coalition’s consensus would be to their benefit unlike the infighting in Pakatan Harapan (PH) who was still torn over who should be their prime minister candidate.
He said, Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) chairman and Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg had clearly stated GPS’ support for Muhyiddin in the meeting.
Masing added that Abang Johari had hinted that the state election was just around the corner in the meeting and that GPS was prepared.
“The 4 component parties (PBB, PRS, SUPP and PDP) are readying themselves to fight the opposition – DAP, PKR, PSB and others.
“Sarawak was assured by Muhyiddin who is Bersatu president as well as PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang that Bersatu and PAS branches in Sarawak will not contest in the upcoming state election.”
Masing said, the assurance would not only allow GPS to contest against the opposition head on, it was also a sign of respect along with their readiness to assist GPS in the state election.
“The one common factor which glued the parties in PN together is their common objection to DAP, in this aspect MCA needs to strengthen itself to fight for the Chinese communities in Malaysia,” he said.
The PRS chief predicted that it be bright days ahead for PN as a coalition, while hoping that its component parties could resolve their personality differences.
“I am confident that these technical details among PN coalition will be solved, the sooner the better.
“If they cannot overcome their historical and personality differences before going to battle; there is a danger that PN may not only lose the internal battle within its own organisation, but the GE15,” he said.