Seat distribution for the 15th general election (GE15) among Perikatan Nasional (PN) component parties will be finalised soon, once the coalition’s seat negotiation committee has been established and held its meetings, says PAS deputy president Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man.
"I am confident the matter can be settled with two or three discussions," he said in his opening speech at the 63rd Malaysian PAS Youth Council annual general assembly in conjunction with the party’s 68th muktamar in Alor Setar today.
Tuan Ibrahim, who is the Kubang Kerian MP, reiterated the party’s stance that there would be no political cooperation between PAS and Pakatan Harapan (PH), adding that the PN leadership was aware of the matter.
However, he said PAS was open to negotiations with non-extreme parties outside PN to ensure that the opposition does not return to power.
"Studies have found that no political party can rule Malaysia on its own. We acknowledge the fact that there is a need to have the best coalition. PAS is open to any negotiation. We want to emphasise the need for such efforts," he said.
Tuan Ibrahim said if the negotiations with other parties failed, PAS was ready to face any eventuality, including clashing with Barisan Nasional (BN).
He said PAS would not leave Bersatu, adding that they appreciated Bersatu’s sacrifices in making PAS one of the ruling parties in the current government.
In the meantime, Tuan Ibrahim said young candidates would form at least 30% of the PAS cohort for the upcoming GE15.