Perikatan did not betray Barisan in Sabah polls, says Muhyiddin


PETALING JAYA: Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin (claims) has refuted claims that Perikatan Nasional betrayed Barisan Nasional in the 2020 Sabah state elections.

The Perikatan chairman slammed former Barisan chairman Datuk Seri Najib Razak, for allegedly twisting information and accusing Bersatu of being a traitor in the Sabah state election.

“The truth is, there may be not a single seat the place a Bersatu candidate was fielded to go in opposition to Umno in the Sabah state elections,” stated Muhyiddin, in an announcement late Thursday (Feb 3) evening.

“There is a blessing when Bersatu does not work with Umno as Bersatu will not grow to be entangled in the ethical issues plaguing Umno leaders,” he stated.

“Personally, I’d be ashamed to be related to a celebration that embraces somebody, who has been convicted by the courts of a critical crime, as a ‘boss’ (referring to Najib’s social media tagline of bossku),” stated Muhyiddin.

Najib on Jan 30 had stated that Perikatan’s determination to betray and contest in opposition to Barisan Nasional in the 2020 Sabah elections led to the fallout with Bersatu in Muafakat Nasional.

Najib added the incident occurred lower than three weeks after the invitation letter, for Bersatu to hitch the Muafakat coalition, was signed in August 2020.

Muhyiddin added, as Perikatan chairman and Bersatu president, he had chaired sequence of conferences which had been attended by the management of Perikatan, Barisan and Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) to debate seat allocations in Sabah.

“I discussed it clearly in these conferences on the significance for Perikatan, Barisan and PBS to keep away from any fights in opposition to each other in the state polls,” he stated.

Muhyiddin added that he had ordered Perikatan’s secretary-general Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin to kind a committee on seat allocations between Perikatan, Barisan and PBS.

“I used to be knowledgeable that in the preliminary phases, the committee had determined quite a few allocation of seats to be contested between the events. However, Barisan then elevated its variety of seats that they needed to contest and this had prompted a conflict with Perikatan in a number of seats,” claimed Muhyiddin.

“On Perikatan’s facet, the seats concerned had been contested by STAR and not Bersatu. In a couple of different seats, there have been clashes between Barisan and PBS. PBS had additionally fielded their candidates in seats which had been contested by STAR inflicting some conflict between PBS and Perikatan,” stated Muhyiddin.

On the Sabah chief minister candidate situation, Muhyiddin stated that he had requested Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi to submit a reputation from Umno, however the latter did not achieve this till the top of the state elections.

“That is why I named Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor because the Sabah chief minister candidate from Perikatan if the coalition wins the most important quantity among the many events that fashioned Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS),” added Muhyiddin.

He added that Bersatu had already determined not to hitch Muafakat.

“I’ve already forgotten about Muafakat. There’s no need to bring it up anymore,” he stated in an announcement.

“After all, Umno also decided during its general assembly (last year) not to work with Bersatu. So what is there to bring up?”

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