Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia deputy president Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir said although Pas declared that it is ready for a three-cornered fight in Kedah, he has not lost hope of working with the party in the GE14 .NSTP file pic

JITRA: Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) believes there is room for discussion with Kedah Pas to avoid a three-cornered tussle in the state in the 14th general election.

It deputy president Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir said although Pas declared that it is ready for a three-cornered fight in Kedah, he has not lost hope of working with the party in the GE14.

He said despite PPBM’s alliance with PKR, DAP and Parti Amanah Negara (PAN) in Pakatan Harapan, an agreement needs to be reached in a state like Kedah, where a straight fight must be ensured.

“We need to talk to Pas on seats that they want to contest in Kedah.

“I strongly believe that if Pas is on our side to face Barisan Nasional (BN) and Umno, the chance of us winning is very high,” he told reporters at his Hari Raya open house in Padang Sera near here.

Pas had declared that it is ready to take on PKR and DAP, its former allies in Pakatan Rakyat, in the GE14 as the Islamic party has decided to contest all 36 state seats and 15 parliamentary seats in Kedah.

Kedah Pas commissioner Dr Ahmad Fakhruddin Syeikh Fakhrurazi said Pas is ready to engage in a three-cornered fight between BN and its former allies in 12 state and parliamentary seats in Kedah in the GE14.

He said the decision was made following the Pas Syura Council’s decision in May to terminate its tahaluf siyasi (political cooperation) with PKR.

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