PPBM says relationship with PAS ‘on hold’ until ‘muktamar’

By Zurairi AR
PPBM president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin stressed that the party will always back the former prime minister as his experience is invaluable and can help the coalition win the next general elections. ― Picture by Saw Siow Feng

PETALING JAYA, March 28 — Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia’s (PPBM) relationship with PAS is currently “on hold” until the latter’s “muktamar” or annual congress, next month, president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said today.

Muhyiddin said the party is still observing current developments involving PAS before deciding, despite several PAS high-ranking leaders’ declaration that their relationship is dead in the water after PPBM officially became part of Pakatan Harapan.

“We want to see the development first … We have not discussed that matter yet,” Muhyiddin told the media after its supreme leadership council’s meeting at its headquarters here.

Muhyiddin clarified that the developments also included PAS’ relationship with other Opposition parties.

This comes as PAS announced that it will only decide on its relationship with PPBM and PKR during its 57th “muktamar” starting April 29 in Alor Setar, Kedah.

However, PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang had insisted earlier this month that the Islamist party would not entertain seat negotiations with PPBM if the latter joins the Pakatan Harapan pact.

Similarly, vice-president Datuk Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah had said that PAS has closed the door on negotiations with PPBM, following the latter’s entry into Pakatan Harapan.

A week ago, PPBM was officially accepted by Pakatan Harapan as its fourth component party, and the federal pact will now seek to register itself as an official coalition before the next general election.