Pejuang will not back any candidate for prime minister supported by corrupt Umno leaders, said the party pro tem president Mukhriz Mahathir.
The former Kedah menteri besar said in a ceramah last night that the party is firmly against corruption, labelling it the “number one enemy of the Malays”.
He told the audience that Pejuang will always oppose Umno’s Najib Razak, Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor and other “corrupt” leaders.
“Wherever they are, we will not be there. If they want to…allegedly sign statutory declarations (SDs) to support certain parties to become prime minister, we will not be there,” he said.
Although not mentioning Pakatan Harapan leader Anwar Ibrahim by name, Mukhriz was referring to his reported recent backing from the Umno hierarchy, including the Pejuang opposes.
Anwar has been trying to oust Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin from power since February and insists he has the support from a majority of MPs, including in the government.
Umno’s Ketereh MP Annuar Musa revealed there were efforts within the party to collect SDs for the purpose of backing Anwar.
In October, Najib also lobbied for Umno and BN to support the opposition leader.
Mukhriz also said that Pejuang would dissociate with any parties that cooperate with Umno.
He reportedly had also criticised DAP over the party’s alleged role in helping Umno oust former Perak menteri besar, Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu.
“Two sides that could never sit together…suddenly to topple an MB they can work together,” he was quoted as saying.
“Maybe under certain conditions, they can work together (with Umno), but we can’t do that at all.”