The Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition remains as Perikatan Nasional (PN)’s first reference to form the next Federal Government if there is a hung Parliament after the elections, says PAS secretary-general Takiyuddin Hassan.
According to Berita Harian, he said that PN is willing to negotiate with any other political entity other than Pakatan Harapan (PH) if it cannot secure a simple majority of 112 seats in Parliament.
“I am confident that we can form a federal government either by ourselves or a coalition with other parties, including BN if a coalition is necessary. However, working with Pakatan Harapan was not an option,” he was quoted as saying.
“PAS president Tan Sri Abdul Hadi Awang mentioned that if we cannot join forces before GE15, maybe after, we can establish that relationship.”
“Our first reference is BN. However, no discussions have been held during this campaign period but I am confident that BN will accept.”
Could not work together before, but they can after GE15
Takiyuddin added that there were discussions in the past, and they were unable to work together at that time, but they did say both coalitions could work together after GE15.
Earlier, Merdeka Center predicted that there is no single coalition that will attain a large enough plurality to form a government with just one other party or coalition.
Thus, the cooperation between parties or coalitions are required to form a government with a simple majority.
Meanwhile, PH leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has been confident that PH will win enough seats in the peninsular to form the majority. He added that his coalition will approach parties in Borneo Malaysia to make up for the shortfall.