Dr Mahathir claims several notable figures from BN have offered to join Pakatan Harapan in retaliation to them being dropped
By ALIFAH ZAINUDDIN / Pic By AFIF ABD HALIM
Pakatan Harapan will use PKR’s logo as the common symbol for all the candidates under the new alliance despite Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia’s (PPBM) status as a registered and legal political party.
PPBM chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said the Opposition coalition will stand by its original plan to contest under the PKR banner to avoid confusion during the May 9 general election.
“We will use only one symbol for all our 600 Parliament and state candidates in this election, and that is the PKR symbol,” the former prime minister said at a press conference in Petaling Jaya yesterday.
The High Court had granted a stay to PPBM against the 30-day provisional dissolution order issued by the Registrar of Societies (RoS) earlier this month. Judge Datuk Azizah Nawawi had also granted a stay on the RoS’ order to deregister the party pending the disposal of the judicial review. The court fixed May 7 for case management.
Dr Mahathir said the court order consequently means that the party can contest freely in the election.
“We are no longer a party that cannot participate in the election. That means there is no restriction on our posters, our logo and what we wear as those are part of the election etiquette,” he said.
The former prime minister for 22 years believed Barisan Nasional’s (BN) line-up, which saw several incumbents being dropped, has created a “big problem” for the ruling coalition. He claimed several notable figures from BN have offered to join Pakatan Harapan in retaliation to them being dropped.
“There are not many, but they are well-known figures. I will not name them because it is an embarrassment.”
Among the prominent names that failed to make the cut for the 14th General Election (GE14) include Special Affairs Department DG Datuk Dr Mohd Puad Zakarshi. Mohd Puad, who lost in the last election, has been replaced by the Batu Pahat Wanita division chief Haliza Abdullah.
Deputy Multimedia and Communications Minister Datuk Seri Jailani Johari was also dropped. He is replaced by Datuk Rosol Wahid, a former Ajil assemblyman who was dropped in GE13.
Dr Mahathir said he is confident of Pakatan Harapan’s chances of winning the election based on the overwhelming response received at the grassroot level.
“There are 20,000 people who come to our ceramah now. That is not a norm. This shows that people have certain thoughts about this election and consider it an extraordinary one,” he said.
“There is no other way to interpret it other than that people have shifted from being complacent to wanting change,” Dr Mahathir added.