PETALING JAYA: Pejuang is disheartened by Perikatan Nasional’s (PN) decision to not accept it as a component party.
Its secretary-general Amiruddin Hamzah said the party would now focus on mobilising its machinery in preparation for the impending state elections.
“We are dismayed that our goal to ensure Malay votes are not split is not appreciated by PN,” he said in a brief statement.
Earlier, PN secretary-general Hamzah Zainudin said the coalition’s Supreme Council had decided to reject Pejuang’s application to become a component party.
However, no reason was given.
Pejuang applied to join PN as a component party earlier this month, with its president Mukhriz Mahathir saying it was “insufficient” for the party to form electoral pacts with other parties or coalitions to avoid seat clashes.
Mukhriz also said joining PN would prevent a split in Malay votes in the state elections.