PETALING JAYA: Muhyiddin Yassin sees a Malay-based opposition coalition called Barisan Rakyat as being the best way to win the next general election against the ruling Barisan Nasional government.
The president of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) said that if all the leaders in Pakatan Harapan were in agreement, the current opposition coalition should change its name to Barisan Rakyat.
“Maybe we can name the new coalition between Pakatan Harapan and Bersatu as Barisan Rakyat – Barisan Rakyat to fight against Barisan Nasional,” Malaysiakini quoted the former deputy prime minister as saying in a PPBM programme at Padang Rengas, Perak last night.
“We want to re-build the country’s system which we formed decades ago after our independence which is almost destroyed and can no longer be protected by (Prime Minister) Najib (Razak) and his cohorts,” the news portal quoted him as saying.
Earlier when announcing the move to join forces with Pakatan Harapan, PPBM chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad proposed the coalition change its name, create a common logo as well as a symbol and election manifesto.
Muhyddin spoke of the need for parties in the opposition coalition to stay united so that as one force, they could beat Barisan Nasional.
“If opposition parties are united, we will win, as long as we don’t fight each other. For example, Parti Amanah Negara shouldn’t fight Bersatu (PPBM).
“The formula is simple, if it’s a one to one fight, hands down, they (BN) have to ‘hands up’, they have to surrender.”
He also said the opposition coalition should be Malay-based and added, “It must be a Malay-led government. I am mentioning this here not because I want to favour anyone but because I know the majority of the rakyat are Malays.”
He however gave his word that the rights of the non-Malays would be safeguarded.
He also rebutted the claims of certain quarters that said the opposition coalition would not last long if it came to power after the general election, pointing to the efficient administering of Selangor and Penang, that were both under the opposition.
“But look at Selangor. There has been two general elections and Umno has lost forever.
“(Selangor Menteri Besar) Azmin (Ali) has shown how he can administer a state and (Penang Chief Minister Lim) Guan Eng has managed to administer Penang, so what’s our problem?” – FMT