Umno, PAS to back Muhyiddin as PM in GE15 campaign

Top leaders from Perikatan Nasional parties after a meeting at Putrajaya yesterday. (Bernama pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: Umno and PAS have agreed to back Muhyiddin Yassin as prime minister for the much anticipated 15th general election.

Umno Supreme Council member Annuar Musa today said the matter was discussed by the two parties during a recent meeting by Muafakat Nasional, the charter which brought the two Malay-based parties together last year.

He also confirmed a statement by PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang that the Islamist party would back Muhyiddin to continue leading the country if Perikatan Nasional returned to power.

“PAS and Umno have a united stand on this matter. I can confirm it,” Annuar told reporters today.

His statement comes a day after Barisan Nasional, PAS and East Malaysian political parties renewed their support for the PN coalition.

Support for Muhyiddin was voiced out during a two-hour meeting in Putrajaya attended by Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Hadi, MCA president Wee Ka Siong, MIC president S Vigneswaran and PPBM secretary-general Hamzah Zainudin.

Also in attendance were PBB president Abang Johari Openg, SUPP president Dr Sim Kui Hian, PBS president Maximus Ongkili and STAR president Jeffrey Kitingan.

There have been calls by Umno leaders to dissolve Parliament and hold a snap election as PN holds on to power by a razor-thin majority.

Annuar had previously insisted that the Muafakat Nasional would firmly back PN, and that there was no reason to hold elections.

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