PPBM’s only choice is a return to PH, says Mukhriz

PETALING JAYA: A return to Pakatan Harapan is PPBM’s only chance for survival, according to the party’s deputy president Mukhriz Mahathir.

In a statement today, Muhkriz questioned whether the party could survive a contest with Umno and PAS at the next general election. He also questioned if party president Muhyiddin Yassin would be chosen as prime minister again.

In a series of questions for Umno leaders and Muhyiddin, he also questioned whether PPBM could survive in the Perikatan Nasional alliance with Umno, PAS and smaller BN parties.

Citing recent statements by Umno leaders including deputy president Mohamad Hasan and vice-president Mohamed Khaled Nordin and a few others, Mukhriz said it was clear there is no formal agreement that led to the formation of the Perikatan Nasional government.

“As all are aware, the three parties (PPBM, Umno and PAS) represent the Malay and Muslim community. So their political base is the same, Malays, particularly those in rural areas.

“Certainly, PPBM, Umno and PAS intend to contest in those demographies as these parties have clashed in the same areas in GE14.”

Mukhriz questioned PPBM’s chances of winning seats also contested by Umno or PAS if there was no alliance between them.

“If PPBM is not truly with Muafakat Nasional (the Umno-PAS alliance) and also not with PH, what is the logic that PPBM can win in any seat?

“Does PPBM have the ability to defend all its parliamentary and state assembly seats it now holds?

“What about Tan Sri Muhyiddin’s own fate? Will he still be chosen as prime minister after the 15th general election?”

Mukhriz said several statements by PH leaders indicated that they were ready to accept PPBM back into the coalition.

Though relations between the party and PH were damaged, due to the “Sheraton Move” which ultimately led to PH’s fall, Mukhriz said they could still be repaired.

Muhyiddin had pulled PPBM out of Pakatan Harapan after Dr Mahathir Mohamad resigned as prime minister and party chairman.

Mukhriz said seat allocations within PH could be negotiated as before; at the very least, this would ensure PPBM’s importance within PH rather than uncertainty and loss with Umno and PAS.

“To me, PPBM only has one choice and that is to return to PH,” he said, adding that the two months under Perikatan Nasional had proven to be a very “bitter” experience for PPBM.

“We do not want PPBM to be manipulated and used by any party.”

He added he was confident that the political, health and economic crises faced by the country could be better handled by a coalition government as previously proposed by Mahathir.

Mukhriz said PPBM elected representatives who agreed with him should return to the right path.