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Pas, PPBM hold ‘secret’ meeting in Bangsar

KUALA LUMPUR: A ‘secret’ meeting between Pas and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) was held today in Bangsar to discuss the two parties’ cooperation in the opposition bloc.

It is learnt that the 11am discussion was chaired by Pas President Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang and PPBM’s vice president Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir, according to local news portal Sinar Harian.

However, the report said as of now, no decision has been achieved by both parties.

Earlier this morning, Pas headquarters in Jalan Raja Laut was abuzzed with activities as members of the media gathered anticipating the meeting will be held there.

To the disappointment of many, none of the Pas or PPBM leaders entered the headquarters.

When contacted, leaders from both Pas or PPBM declined to share details at the meeting.

A PPBM source told the New Straits Times that he was not at liberty to share any information on the discussion.

NST earlier reported that a meeting between Pas and PPBM will be held today to discuss on seat allocations for the 14th general election.

This was confirmed by PPBM Information chief Datuk Kamarudin Mohd Noor who was asked to comment on Hadi’s claim that PPBM chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad only cares about his position, not Islam.

“Since representatives from Pas and PPBM will be meeting up for further discussion, I don’t think it would be proper for me to elaborate more. Let’s see what will happen after the meeting,” he was quoted as saying.

In Oct, PPBM had proposed that Pas cede some of its “traditional” or Malay-majority seats, but no commitment was recorded, possibly due to several outstanding, contentious issues between the parties, including Dr Mahathir’s attacks on the Islamic party.

The proposal came on the heels of PKR’s and DAP’s expressed reluctance to handover some of their seats to PPBM, despite the Pakatan Harapan-PPBM pact formation.-nst

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