Dr Mahathir Mohamad wants to know which candidate for prime minister PAS supports.
“Is their candidate (Prime Minister) Najib Abdul Razak or me?
“We want to know. If they say who their candidate is, I think they can win (in the coming election) if people like their candidate,” Mahathir said at a press conference in Petaling Jaya today.
He said this when asked to comment on Bersatu supreme council member A Kadir Jasin’s allegations of a secret pact between Umno and PAS in Kelantan, to allow the Islamist party to retain control of the state.
Kadir claimed a source close to Kelantan Umno chief Mustapa Mohamed had disclosed that this was discussed between Najib and PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang (photo).
Meanwhile, on disagreements over his nomination as prime minister candidate, Mahathir said it was an internal matter that the press did not need to know about.
“We are not rejecting anyone, there is sure to be someone who does not agree.
“We can take this into consideration… who is their replacement candidate.
“This is an internal matter, there’s no need to for the press to know,” he said at a press conference in Petaling Jaya this afternoon.
Mahathir was responding to a query on Selangor PKR’s disagreement over his nomination for the job.
The nonagenarian, who led the country for 22 years, was named as Harapan’s prime minister candidate at the coalition’s congress on Jan 7.
Selangor PKR leaders had expressed disagreement with the move, although its chief Mohamed Azmin Ali (photo) has said that Mahathir is the best candidate for the job.
Some proposed that Azmin should have been made the prime ministerial candidate instead.
Mahathir said the Selangor menteri besar was capable of being the candidate, but was simply not chosen for it.