No tie-up with ‘directionless’ PPBM, says Hadi

BY RAM ANAND
PAS President Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang speaks during the party’s 63rd Muktamar conference at the Kompleks PAS Kedah in Alor Setar April 29, 2017. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

KUALA LUMPUR, April 29 — PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang said today his party will not partner with Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM), claiming the newest Umno offshoot to be “directionless”.

“PPBM has no direction. It is unclear who their leader is,” he told a news conference after opening the 63rd PAS general assembly here.

“So we have decided not to have any relationship with them,” he added.

PPBM is co-founded by former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and former deputy prime minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin who serve as its chairman and president respectively.

Dozens of PPBM members have been exiting the party in recent weeks, claiming the new Opposition party’s central leadership has been displaying Umno-like tendencies and treating regular members as second-class citizens.

PPBM initially attempted to persuade PAS to join hands again with its former allies from Pakatan Harapan to form a "grand coalition" of Opposition parties in the next elections that must be called by June next year.

However, the efforts failed. PPBM has since become the fourth component of the Pakatan Harapan pact after PKR, DAP and Parti Amanah Negara while PAS appears resolute on going solo against the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition.