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Bersatu to take Selangor, Negeri Sembilan MB posts if PN wins state polls, says Muhyiddin

The Bersatu president says in the event of a PN victory, Kelantan, Terengganu and Kedah will remain under PAS while the Penang chief minister will come from the party with the most seats.

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Bersatu president Muhyiddin Yassin speaks at the party's 5th annual general meeting in Kuala Lumpur, March 12. Photo: Bernama
Bersatu president Muhyiddin Yassin speaks at the party's 5th annual general meeting in Kuala Lumpur, March 12. Photo: Bernama

Bersatu president Muhyiddin Yassin yesterday said that the position of menteri besar for Selangor and Negeri Sembilan would be given to the party if Perikatan Nasional (PN) succeeds in capturing the states in the coming polls.

He said negotiations on the distribution of seats and important positions in the government between PN component parties in the six states scheduled to hold elections are almost finalised.

"We have negotiated with PAS and other parties that the (menteri besar) positions of Kelantan, Terengganu, Kedah remain under PAS, and God willing based on our survey, we will sweep clean in Kelantan, Kedah, Terengganu.

"In the negotiations, for Penang, Selangor and Negeri Sembilan it was confirmed that if they win, Selangor and Negeri Sembilan will be represented by Bersatu as menteri besar while for Penang, we are confident that we can reduce the seats of our opponents and if we are destined to win, the position of chief minister will be determined by party which gets the most seats," he said when winding up the debate at the 5th Bersatu 2022 annual general meeting in Kuala Lumpur.

Muhyiddin, who is also the PN chairman, said that efforts to capture Selangor from Pakatan Harapan would be led by Bersatu vice-president Radzi Jidin, PN information chief Mohamed Azmin Ali and Bersatu Selangor chairman Abdul Rashid Ansari as joint coordinators.

At a press conference afterwards, Muhyiddin said the status of Bersatu's accounts which have been frozen by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission would not affect the number of seats for which Bersatu would contest in the state elections.

He admitted that it would not be easy to capture Selangor, but said that Bersatu and PN had strategies in place to deal with the situation.

On Pejuang's application to join PN in the upcoming elections, he said the matter would be discussed by the PN Supreme Council this week.

The Pagoh MP also said that he would not retract his allegations against former finance minister Lim Guan Eng as the individual responsible for the decision to reimpose taxes on the Al-Bukhary Foundation.

Muhyiddin claimed that as finance minister, Lim was responsible for the Inland Revenue Board (LHDN) and the decision to reimpose taxes and a 45% penalty tax on Yayasan Al-Bukhary, an organisation that does Islamic charity work and which was also under his responsibility.

"I know why he did that. He was afraid because the decision to cancel the tax exemption happened when he was the finance minister and LHDN under his administration.

"This is what he needs to explain, instead of giving me a period of time for me to retract my previous statement," he said.

Lim had given Muhyiddin until March 15 to apologise for accusing him of cancelling the tax exemption for Yayasan Al-Bukhary while he was finance minister, failing which he said the former prime minister would face legal action for defamation.