Muhyiddin to seek opposition consensus


PETALING JAYA: Former deputy prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin will lead efforts to build a consensus among all opposition parties for a new challenge to the Barisan Nasional.

He said today that the formation of a new political movement, announced by Dr Mahathir Mohamad on Thursday, could only be effective if it was agreed in consensus by other opposition parties.

“For that, I will resume talks with other relevant quarters,” he said in a press statement today.

Dr Mahathir’s announcement came after more than a year of efforts that he has spearheaded to oust Najib Razak from office as Umno president and prime minister.

Muhyiddin who has now gained the reputation as an Umno rebel echoed similar sentiments from other leaders such as former opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, PAS deputy president Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man and Selangor Menteri Besar Azmin Ali, urging other opposition parties to return and negotiate among each other to form a new pact for the next General Election.

“This pact is very important to regain public confidence that other parties apart from BN are able to lead Malaysia and to fight for the people,” he said.

Muhyiddin also agreed with Mahathir’s move to form a new political party. Dr Mahathir had said the party would work with Pakatan Harapan, PAS and civil society groups in the struggle to “Save Malaysia”.

“I have also discussed this with Mahathir, Shafie Apdal, Mukhriz Mahathir and other friends about the need to form a new political party to carry on our struggles through participating in the next General Elections.”

“I welcome this positive development and I’m ready to discuss with anyone to find the best method to bring about political and governmental reforms in the next General Elections.”

He is confident that Malaysians are ready for a change, where the people would come together despite differences in race and religion to fight against corruption, abuse of power and the manipulation of racial sentiments by the ruling government.

“If God is willing, we will be able to set aside differences to create a mutual consensus and to achieve victory.”