SHAH ALAM: PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang does not preclude the possibility of the party joining forces with another political outfit to form the federal government after the 14th general election (GE14).
He said PAS was targeting to run in at least 130 of the 222 parliamentary constituencies in the country to help gain a simple majority in the Dewan Rakyat.
“We want to form the government or team up to form the government, and not just be a weak opposition after the election,” he said, without revealing which party PAS was planning to cooperate with.
Hadi said this in his speech at Selangor PAS’ Fastaqim 2.4 gathering and launch of its election machinery at the Stadium JKR here today.
On Jan 12, PAS news organ Harakah Daily reported Hadi as predicting that a party wanting to form the government after GE14 would have to rely on PAS to rule Putrajaya if the Islamist party won at least 40 seats.
“Even if the other party has 100 seats or 80 seats, it would need a minimum of 112 seats to form the government,” he said.
“With 40 seats, we will then wield influence and be able to make various requests (to the other party),” he was quoted as saying.
The Marang MP also said PAS still considered Umno as a political rival and would only cooperate with it on matters related to Islam.
He said in addition to defeating its splinter party, Amanah, PAS also had to defeat Umno in the election.
He said this in refuting speculation that he had met prime minister and Umno president Najib Razak to devise a strategic agreement between PAS and Umno for GE14.
Since 2015, Hadi and Najib have shared the same public stage twice on issues related to Muslim affairs.
They both attended the Al-Azhar Graduates International Conference at a hotel in Kuala Lumpur on Dec 17, 2015, and the solidarity gathering for the Rohingya people of Myanmar at the Titiwangsa Stadium on Dec 4, 2016.
Najib had said at the solidarity gathering that their presence together did not mean the two parties were engaging in political cooperation.
However, in his speech during Umno’s 71st anniversary celebration on May 11 last year, he had commended the new ties between the two parties by citing Hadi’s description of the relationship as showing “political maturity”.