Pejuang chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad says his party’s MPs will not be signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the federal government.
Speaking at a press conference in Langkawi today, the former prime minister said he believed the opposition must be free to keep the government in check.
“Pejuang has made a decision not to get involved [with the government]. We will be independent and continue to be the Opposition.
“We believe there should be freedom for the Opposition to keep the government in check,” he was quoted as saying.
“Unless we have a unity government, then it [MoU] is not an agreement. It seems that if we take part [in the MoU] then in return, we get something.
“To us, if we get something in return (for support), it is not right. It is as if there is an element of bribery.
“If you want to give (concessions), just give everyone. Do not only give to those who promise their support.”
Mahathir was asked to comment if Pejuang would sign an MoU with the government as Pakatan Harapan (PH) has done.
“We are not tied up with any party. We can have discussions with them [other party]. But it’s not necessarily that we have to tie ourselves to them,” he was quoted saying.
Parti Warisan Sabah president Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal has also criticised PH leaders for agreeing to cooperate with the Ismail Sabri administration.
The Semporna MP told his fellow Opposition lawmakers in Parliament three days ago that they had been elected to federal power in GE14 but had their mandate “stolen” from them.