KUALA LUMPUR: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today said he is ready to contest the 14th General Election (GE14) on a DAP ticket.
The Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) president said he is open to contesting under the banner of any party within Pakatan Harapan, be it DAP, PKR or Parti Amanah Negara (PAN).
“I’m open. I can even stand for DAP, maybe even the president of DAP,” he told a press conference in Parliament, today.
Also present was PKR president, Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail; PPBM president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin; PAN president Mohamad Sabu; and DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng.
His statement came in the wake of PPBM’s ongoing registration issues with the Registrar of Societies.
Dr Mahathir’s comments drew laughter from the opposition leaders, including Guan Eng. Dr Mahathir had jokingly asked permission from the Penang Chief Minister, who laughed and replied with a simple “okay.”
Guan Eng then said in a hushed tone, “we stick to Pakatan.”
Meanwhile, when asked on Pas’ manifesto, which aims to attract non-Muslim voters, Dr Mahathir replied sarcastically, saying that Pas cannot mix with non-Muslims for fear of becoming ‘kafir’ (infidels) themselves.
‘Pas? If Pas mixes with non-Muslims, they become kafir. Surely they can’t.”
Umno Supreme Council member, Datuk Dr Mohd Puad Zarkashi, was previously quoted as saying that the opposition’s aim of using a single symbol for all four of its component parties was part of Dr Mahathir’s plans to contest under the DAP banner in GE14.
He said, several opposition parties had aimed to form a coalition known as Pakatan Harapan, but the application has yet to be approved by the RoS.
Mohd Puad said he was confident that Dr Mahathir would do his best to ensure that all PH candidates are able to accept the DAP symbol as the opposition’s logo in GE14. -- Reporting by Mohd Anwar Patho Rohman; Idris Musa; Rizanizam Abdul Hamid; Luqman Arif Abdul Karim; Farhana Syed Nokman; and Nor Ain Mohamed Radhi