PAS-Umno showdown looms in several states

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PETALING JAYA: A showdown between Muafakat Nasional (MN) partners looms in at least four states around the country, with Terengganu Umno set to contest all seats in the state at the next general election.

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Umno’s coalition partner PAS holds 22 of the 32 seats in the state assembly and six of the eight parliamentary seats.

Showdowns are already imminent in Johor, where Umno is not ready to give up any seats to PAS, and in states like Perak and Selangor where the two parties are already at loggerheads.

In Terengganu, Umno has declared it would contest all the seats, both state and parliamentary.

Terengganu Umno chief Ahmad Said said the alliance forged with PAS under MN would not succeed in the state, Sinar Harian reported.

The former menteri besar said there was no cooperation now with the PAS chapter in the state.

Ahmad also said the sole PPBM seat in Terengganu – Hulu Terengganu – was actually Umno’s as its representative, Rosol Wahid, had jumped ship to PPBM.

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“Umno will contest in Hulu Terengganu. Why should we give it to them (PPBM), when the seat was won on an Umno ticket? We will also not join Perikatan Nasional,” he told the Malay daily.

Ahmad also said that the MN coalition would fail in the PAS-led east coast state and no efforts were being made to strengthen ties.

“What did PAS do? Allocations and village development and security committee (JPKK) members were appointed unfairly. MN won’t work in Terengganu.”

The strained ties between Umno and PAS is also likely to worsen a rift between Umno and PPBM, which has been growing following a series of spats in the last few months.

Things came to a head early last month when most of the Umno divisions called for the party to cease its cooperation with PPBM ahead of GE15.

The Umno Supreme Council then said any decision on the party’s support for PPBM would be finalised at its annual general assembly, which was scheduled to be held on Jan 31.

However, this had to be postponed due to the movement control order and the emergency. – FMT

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