Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s endorsement will grease the gears for collaboration between PKR and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Pribumi), the newly-registered party’s vice-president Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir conceded.
The Umno offshoot has been in talks with various Opposition parties for a tie-up to cripple the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition in the next general elections due in two years.
“We hope that it will progress towards an official collaboration at the party-to-party level.
“It is important to get Anwar’s endorsement (for this cause), especially commitment from PKR itself,” he was quoted saying by The New Straits Times in a report published today.
Former prime minister and Pribumi protem chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad appeared in court last week to lend moral support for Anwar’s application for an interim injunction against the National Security Council (NSC) Act, the first time the two have met since falling out 18 years ago.
However the duo remained tightlipped on whether or not the move was a reconciliation, stating instead that Dr Mahathir’s presence was solely to support Anwar’s legal action.
Mukhriz, who is Dr Mahathir’s son, also refused to say whether or not the former political rivals were now on friendly terms, saying only that their meet was centred around Anwar’s lawsuit.
“From what I understand, Dr Mahathir has given his input on what should be included in Anwar’s affidavit, which are some of the points he thinks will help the case,” he was quoted saying.
Pribumi’s collaboration with the Opposition is crucial as its protem president and former deputy prime minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said previously that his party is looking to contest in several PAS and PKR areas and would be looking to negotiate deals with both parties.
The aim is for the new party to be a part of a coalition to remove Barisan Nasional (BN) from power and form a new government, he added.
Most of the seats contested by PKR in past elections were urban and semi-urban areas with a highly mixed demographic, but the party also went for rural Malay-majority constituencies that PAS failed to win previously.
PAS had since left the opposition bloc after it clashed with secular DAP over its push for hudud law in Kelantan.
The division has triggered concerns that the opposition votes would be split should negotiations fail to prevent PAS from confronting Pakatan Harapan, which comprises PKR, DAP and Parti Amanah Negara, in the upcoming general election.
The Malay Mail Online