KUALA KANGSAR: The defeat of Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) in the Kuala Kangsar by-election is a sign that people want the coalition to be strong, Amanah Deputy President Salahuddin Ayub said.
He added that Pakatan Harapan was open to inviting PAS back to the negotiating table.
“There is still time to repair things.
“We are always open to discussions with PAS,” he said at a press conference at the Amanah Perak headquarters immediately after the Election Commission (EC) announced the results of the Kuala Kangsar by-election.
Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate Mastura Mohd Yazid won the parliamentary by-election after defeating candidates from Amanah, PAS and an Independent.
Mastura emerged victorious with a majority of 6,969 votes, recording a significant increase compared to the last general election.
Meanwhile, DAP’s Taiping MP, Nga Kor Ming also agreed with Salahuddin that PAS return to the discussion table with Pakatan Harapan.
He said the three-cornered fight clearly affected the Opposition’s chances of defeating BN.
“PAS has to go into negotiations with Pakatan Harapan. If PAS does not want to lose, they should avoid three-cornered fights. We are always open, but PAS should be sincere.”
Meanwhile, Nga claimed that 300 loyal DAP voters who wanted to support the Amanah candidate were transferred to the Padang Rengas parliamentary constituency.
He said the EC had acted unfairly and this was one of the reasons Pakatan Harapan had lesser votes.