Snap polls in Johore? Bring them on!
Published 1:05 pm
Modified 2:11 pm
Pakatan Harapan leaders who continue to “dream” of regaining power by joining forces with Bersatu should join Perikatan Nasional, said PKR Youth secretary Ahmad Syukri Che Ab Razab.
He said this in response to Amanah deputy president Salahuddin Ayub who suggested that Harapan can readmit Bersatu into the coalition.
“PKR Youth urges any leaders who are dreaming about becoming the government again with Bersatu, be it at the federal or state level to leave Harapan and defect to Bersatu, Umno, PAS or (former PKR deputy president) Azmin Ali’s group,” Ahmad Syukri (photo) said in a statement.
He called Salahuddin Ayub’s offer to Johor Bersatu “insensitive”. PN has a razor-think two-seat majority in the Johor state assembly.
“PKR Youth stresses that Salahuddin’s views are personal and does not represent Pakatan Harapan. Any decision on Harapan’s strategic partner must go through the Pakatan Harapan presidential council.
“PKR Youth also sees Salahuddin’s statement as insensitive towards the disappointment of Harapan supporters who still cannot forget the betrayal by a number of individuals, leading to the collapse of the (Harapan) government which was duly elected in the last general election,” Ahmad Syukri said.
Bersatu is presently split between its president Muhyiddin Yassin and chairperson Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
Ahmad Syukri said PKR Youth is against readmitting Bersatu into Harapan and urged the presidential council against doing so.
“PKR Youth sees any idea to readmit Bersatu in Harapan as dishonourable and the idea must be rejected by the Harapan presidential council,” he said, adding that Harapan should instead focus on strengthening the coalition.
Harapan willing to welcome you back, says Salahuddin to Johor Bersatu
Published 1 May 2020, 3:10 pm
Modified 1 May 2020, 3:16 pm
In the midst of escalating tensions among Johor Perikatan Nasional leaders, Amanah deputy president Salahuddin Ayub has told Johor Bersatu that Pakatan Harapan is willing to welcome them back.
Employing poetic language, Salahuddin (above) said that the path of truth and dignity was not too far behind Bersatu which abandoned its Harapan allies to strike up a new partnership with PAS and Umno in the PN government.
He reminded them that it was Harapan who had won the mandate from the people at the last general election.
“Our Harapan leadership is ready to welcome you all back into its big family,” he said in a statement last night.
Salahuddin was reacting to the ongoing feud between Umno and Bersatu in Johor, which is fueled by dissatisfaction over political appointments in government agencies.
Johor Bersatu has been complaining that political appointments, including to state GLCs, were not done in an equitable manner and accused Umno of sidelining it.
A high-ranking Johor Umno source warned that these tensions could lead to snap polls in the southern state.