Monday, October 10, 2016

Muhyiddin's statement like counting chickens before they hatch

Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak has criticised Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin's statement that the Opposition will be able to take over Johor if it wins just 10 more seats in the next general election.

"This is called counting your chickens before they hatch. First of all, Muhyiddin needs to convince the voters that he has something better to offer them compared to the current government.

"At the moment, it appears like Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) is merely set up to oust Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, just like PKR, a party to free Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim from jail," Salleh said in a blog post on Sunday.

Muhyiddin was quoted as saying that the Opposition only needs 10 more state seats to replace Barisan Nasional as the Johor state government in the next general election.

Johor has 56 state seats, of which Barisan has 37 with 19 held by the Opposition.

Salleh, who is also Umno Treasurer, said Pakatan Harapan had not even decided whether to admit Pribumi into the Opposition coalition or whether the party was merely going to enter into an electoral pact on seat distribution.

"This must first be established because if they cannot agree even before the election, how are they going to agree after the election in the event they do win Johor?

Salleh also noted that former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had said that the Opposition does not need to reveal its candidate for prime minister just yet and neither does it need to set up a shadow cabinet.

"Pakatan Harapan wants Anwar as the prime minister. Does this mean Mahathir does not want Anwar? In that case whom does Mahathir want?" Salleh asked.

"Mahathir said in London recently that he wants Muhyiddin as the Opposition candidate for prime minister and today he says no need to decide yet. Is this because PPBM and Pakatan Harapan do not disagree on the candidate."

Salleh said it was a known fact that PAS could not agree to both Anwar and Muhyiddin.

"So who will PAS choose as the prime minister?" he asked.

Salleh said that these were more important issues to resolve instead of counting the number of seats the Opposition was going to win.

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