Now Mahathir says Umno members can join PH

PETALING JAYA: Pakatan Harapan (PH) chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today the coalition will accept Umno members provided they become “independent” first.

“There are 1,000 applications a day received from people interested in becoming our members. Among them are Umno members.

“Umno members can join us by first becoming independent and then make their stand on the PH-led government and then we’ll decide if they are allowed to join or not,” he said at the PPBM headquarters here today.

This contradicts his statement on May 16, where he said PH would not accept Umno members.

“There are many from the opposing camp who now want to join PH parties, but we find that the people can’t accept those from Umno and other parties.

“That’s why they can’t be accepted as members. They can leave their parties and support the government as individuals,” he had said at a press conference on May 16.

PH won’t accept Umno members, says Dr M