Bersatu leader: We discussed possibility of leaving Pakatan!

Bersatu leader: We discussed possibility of leaving Pakatan!

PETALING JAYA: A Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) leader told a news agency that the party discussed several issues during today’s ad-hoc meeting, including the possibility of leaving the Pakatan Harapan coalition.

Bersatu supreme council member Datuk Seri Mohd Redzuan Md Yusof confirmed the matter with Malay daily, Berita Harian.

“There was some discussion (about the suggestion for Bersatu to leave Pakatan) but we must follow consensus,” he was reported saying.

However, the Cabinet minister did not elaborate what was the consensus all about.

Earlier today, Bersatu leaders, including chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, held a private meeting at its headquarters at Yayasan Selangor.

The meeting ended earlier just now but Mahathir did not divulge any details to the press. He was said to be heading to meet PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali, who is also holding a secret meeting with those aligned to him at the Sheraton Hotel Petaling Jaya.

The meetings today fuelled rumours that Bersatu, together with those aligned to Mahathir within Pakatan, may leave the ruling coalition to form a new pact with Umno and PAS.

Last Friday, the Pakatan leadership had decided to allow Mahathir to announce his own retirement date, as opposed to quitting in May.

It was said that the ruling coalition decided against pressuring Mahathir after the latter said that he had Statutory Declarations from 138 MPs to support his leadership, adding that he would not hesitate to form a new pact with the opposition to continue running the country.

By G Vinod