Any form of cooperation between Perikatan Nasional (PN) and other parties will be decided after the election, says its chairman Muhyiddin Yassin.
Muhyiddin, who is also Bersatu president, said the Melaka state election is proceeding smoothly, to give Melaka voters the chance to choose their government.
“I did not say we were prepared to cooperate or not to cooperate… my answer should not be twisted by the media to say I am ready. I did not say so. I am non-committal.
“I want to see the results of the election and after that, we will strategise our next move,” he told reporters after holding a special meeting with the British Malaysia Chamber of Commerce in Kuala Lumpur today.
He was commenting on the statement of Barisan Nasional (BN) deputy chairman Mohamad Hasan yesterday that BN was prepared to consider cooperation with any party to form the government, not just PN, if it could only defend 13 seats.
“What is important is that we continue with our efforts which will be decided after the people have spoken… hope they support PN and whatever questions arising will be addressed after that.
“If the voters of Melaka understand and know, this is a state election, not a by-election to choose an elected representative… there should be an overview for their votes to form a government,” he said.
In the 14th general election (GE14), Pakatan Harapan formed the state government after winning 15 seats. DAP won eight, PKR three, Amanah two and Bersatu two.
In 2020, PN took over the government with 17 seats – 14 held by BN, two by Bersatu and one by an independent.
Four assemblymen subsequently withdrew their support for the leadership of Chief Minister Sulaiman Md Ali.
Polling will take place this Saturday.