Bersatu has been told by Umno, its partner in the Perikatan Nasional (PN) government, not to bother with contesting in Pahang in the next general election.
Umno state liaison chief Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail, who is also Pahang menteri besar, said this is because Bersatu does not have a single seat in Pahang whether at federal or state level.
“Bersatu, which does not have even one seat in Pahang, should not contest in Pahang at all,” he said to delegates at the Cameron Highlands Umno annual meeting today, which was recorded on video.
Umno divisions nationwide are currently holding their annual meetings ahead of the party’s annual general meeting at the end of the month.
Wan Rosdy, who also heads the Cameron Highlands division, said his statement was the stand of Pahang Umno.
“It’s better for Bersatu to go somewhere else (to contest) where they already have seats. This is Pahang Umno’s stand.”
Pahang is one of two states, the other being Perlis, still led by Barisan Nasional (BN) and Umno after the 14th general election in 2018.
Bersatu, when it was with Pakatan Harapan (PH), had contested six parliamentary seats and nine state seats in Pahang during the 2018 general election, and lost in all of them.
Of the federal seats in Pahang, BN has nine while PKR has five. A former PKR seat, held by Indera Mahkota MP Saifuddin Abdullah, defected during February’s change of federal government and is now with Bersatu.
At the state level, BN has 26 seats in the Pahang legislative assembly. Of this, Umno holds 25 and MCA, one. PH has nine seats, of which PKR has seven and DAP, two.
PAS has eight state seats.
PAS and Bersatu are both part of the PN political coalition, while Umno is not and is only supporting the federal government. – TMI