KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 2 ― Opposition federal lawmaker Datuk Mahfuz Omar has indicated that he does not plan to run under PAS in the 14th general elections.
Instead, he told Malay news portal Sinar Harian Online that he is hoping to be fielded as a direct candidate under the Pakatan Harapan (PH) and not under the federal Opposition pact’s component parties.
“Not Amanah, not Bersatu, instead, I prefer to contest under Pakatan,” he was quoted as saying.
PH comprises PAS splinter Parti Amanah Negara, Umno splinter Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia, as well as PKR and DAP.
PAS has formed its own “third bloc” with lesser known political parties after a major fallout with DAP and PKR, resulting in the breakup of their three-party alliance known as Pakatan Rakyat in 2015.
The Pokok Sena MP since Election 2008 said that he does not believe his Islamist party will be able to win sufficient support from voters.
“Even if PAS offers me any seat to stand in, I would not want it, because PAS’ situation now may not be acceptable to society.
“What is certain, I do not want to contest on PAS’ stand because it will not get votes from the people,” he was quoted saying.
According to the news portal, Mahfuz said he would not mind if PAS replaced him with another candidate to stand for election in Pokok Sena.
But he also reportedly said he may reconsider if persuaded by his party mates.
Mahfuz has been spotted attending a number of events organised by PAS rivals in PH in recent months. He has also been issuing statements that run counter to the party’s stance.