Dr M: PAS has no right to impose conditions on Harapan parties
PAS has no right to impose conditions on Pakatan Harapan parties, said Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) chairperson Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
“PAS has no right to place any conditions (on a member of Pakatan Harapan).
“A coalition has been formed. Whoever wants to join they can (do so), and there are no conditions,” he told a press conference in Putrajaya today.
The former premier was asked to comment on PAS’ plan to discuss the issue of severing ties with PKR at the Islamist party’s annual general meeting or muktamar next month.
Previously, PAS’ Permatang Pauh and Bayan Baru divisions announced that they are cutting ties with PKR.
Yesterday, the Harapan presidential council accepted Bersatu as a member, and agreed to Mahathir’s suggestion that the coalition be registered.
The former premier, in announcing Bersatu’s plan to join Harapan, also recommended that the coalition changes its name, as well as to create a common logo, symbol and election manifesto for the next general election.
Meanwhile, Mahathir today said that Bersatu is a member of Harapan.
“As the fourth member, we are going to contest as Harapan and that is why the need for a (common) logo. The candidate chosen is the candidate for the coalition, not that of the individual party.
“We have to make sure the people recognise the symbol or logo and that belonging to the coalition, candidates represent the coalition,” he added.
The former premier said having a common logo for Harapan like BN or the Alliance (BN’s predecessor) was nothing wrong and he does not see any reason for the Registrar of Societies (ROS) to reject the move as it is not against any law.
“Hence, we should have a common logo and a new manifesto,” he said.
However, he said if the ROS disallowed it, Bersatu can contest on its own logo.