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Impossible to work with BN, PH or PN after polls, says Mahathir

The Gerakan Tanah Air chairman says his movement only wishes to cooperate with like-minded political party leaders.

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Pejuang chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad speaks on the campaign trail in Pengalat Besar, Papar, today. Photo: Bernama
Pejuang chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad speaks on the campaign trail in Pengalat Besar, Papar, today. Photo: Bernama

It is not possible for Gerakan Tanah Air (GTA) to establish cooperation and form a government with Barisan Nasional (BN), Pakatan Harapan (PH) or Perikatan Nasional (PN) after the 15th general election (GE15), GTA chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today. 

He said this was because GTA only wished to cooperate with like-minded political party leaders, adding that it was thus impossible for it to work with leaders or parties mired in corruption.

The Pejuang chairman said with regard to Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS), GTA would study the possibility further if the coalition that formed the state government was interested in collaborating after GE15.

"We have to choose the parties and leaders that we can cooperate with, and it’s impossible to cooperate with BN, PH and PN," he said after a ceramah by Sabah Pejuang in Papar.
GTA comprises four parties, namely Pejuang, Parti Bumiputera Perkasa Malaysia (Putra), Parti Barisan Jemaah Islamiah Se-Malaysia (Berjasa) and Parti Perikatan India Muslim Nasional (Iman), as well as a number of NGOs that form Gagasan Bangsa (GB).

At GE15, the GTA candidates will be contesting under the Pejuang logo except in Kelantan, where they will use the Putra logo.

GRS meanwhile comprises Bersatu, Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS), Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku (STAR), Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) and the United Sabah National Organisation (Usno), which established cooperation with BN to administer the state government.

Mahathir said leaders should not be limit their movements to the "Land Below the Wind" if they wished to have a prime minister from the coalition, but should also garner support in Sarawak and the peninsula.

"The constitution does not restrict any individual from any constituency in the country from becoming prime minister, but that individual requires support to hold the post.

"A Sabahan also qualifies to be prime minister but the problem is getting the support, so we hope that they (Sabah political leaders) venture out to the peninsula and Sarawak to make themselves familiar," he added.

Asked about Warisan president Shafie Apdal bringing his party to the peninsula, Mahathir said Shafie had the right to become prime minister but that based on the constitution, he would need the support for this.