Following the Johor elections, ex-PMs Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and T.S. Muhyiddin Yassin met and discussed forming an alliance between their two parties ahead of the 2018 General Elections.
Muhyiddin, who is also the president of Bersatu, met with Pejuang chairman Mahathir two weeks ago to recommend that the two parties collaborate to prepare for possible emergency elections.
Mukhriz Mahathir, the president of Pejuang, provided the information to the media.
According to Sinar Harian, he said the meeting took place roughly two weeks ago, right after the Johor state elections.
“He (Muhyiddin) requested to have a meeting and Mahathir said ‘OK’,” the Mukhriz, who is the son of Dr Mahathir, said at a press conference in Kuala Terengganu.
“Pejuang had also been contacted by other opposition parties to join forces ahead of GE15, but no decision has been made,” he said.
However, he added that Pejuang was not in favour of working with Bersatu, which officially betrayed Mahathir when he resigned as PM and Muhyiddin took the party to form a coalition with frogs from the Pakatan Harapan government and the opposition Umno and PAS to form a new government.
Elections in 4 months?
Muhyiddin’s Perikatan Nasional coalition is pushing hard to get Mahathir on board to join PN and form a broader coalition against Barisan Nasional and ex-PM Najib Razak.
Abdul Hadi Awang, the president of the PAS, is scheduled to meet with Dr Mahathir Mohamad, the chairman of Pejuang.
As the coalition looks to bolster its ranks ahead of the 15th general election, he will be the second key Perikatan Nasional (PN) leader to visit Mahathir.
Hadi told reporters in Maran, Terengganu, that PAS would collaborate with any party that was not “extremist” or liberal.
Utusan Malaysia quoted him as saying, “We will work with anyone to reconcile the ummah (the Muslims).”
Muhyiddin Yassin, the president of Bersatu, met with Mahathir to secure collaboration for the 15th general election.