Straight fight in GE15 up to Muafakat Nasional, says Amanah no. 2

Amanah deputy president Salahuddin Ayub.

KUALA LUMPUR: Amanah deputy president Salahuddin Ayub says it is up to Muafakat Nasional to ensure a straight fight in the next election if it wants a guaranteed win, following PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang’s comment that the pact between his party and Umno would have a greater chance if only two sides contest.

Salahuddin said this was their internal issue to address, noting increasing dissatisfaction of late in the Perikatan Nasional (PN) coalition, particularly after the court’s decision on Najib Razak’s SRC International case last week.

“We know last Wednesday there was a special meeting between Umno MPs and Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin. So it’s up to them to ensure a two-cornered fight.

“What I want to ask is, is PAS’ heart with PN or Muafakat Nasional? Today they might say they’re with PN because they’re in the Cabinet, but at the same time there are signs they want to be with Muafakat Nasional,” he said at a press conference in Parliament today.

In an interview with Utusan Online, Hadi had called on Muafakat Nasional to learn from the outcome of the 2018 election and not to betray agreements in their charter.

“We realise that Umno has grassroots support. While PPBM doesn’t have the grassroots, they have influential leaders. PAS? We have grassroots and leaders,” he said.

PKR Youth chief Akmal Nasir, who was with Salahuddin at the press conference, said Hadi appeared to be shooting himself in the foot as his statement seemed directed at his allies in PN or Muafakat Nasional.

He agreed with Salahuddin, saying the burden to ensure a two-cornered fight was on Muafakat Nasional as it had many “layers”, adding that Pakatan Harapan would focus on working for the people.

Commenting on recent developments in Sabah, Salahuddin called on young Malaysians to vote for MPs and assemblymen with integrity who are trustworthy. He also urged them to avoid choosing those who were inclined to be political “prostitutes”, whose support could change overnight.

“For the future of the country, they need to ensure they vote for genuine leaders who are consistent and who truthfully use the mandate given for the people,” he said.