KUALA LUMPUR: Hasni Mohammad, the head of Umno in Johor, recently told PAS that if it ran under the Perikatan Nasional (PN) banner, it would lose all of the seats it planned to contest in the state.
Hasni, who is also the Johor menteri besar, said PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang and his deputy, Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man, paid him a visit and stated that PN was preparing to allow PAS to run for 15 seats in the state.
“I told them honestly: YBs, you will lose every seat, as you did in previous years. In 2018, despite Barisan Nasional facing so many challenges, PAS only won one seat. We won 19.
“But I also gave my assurance to them that if they’re with us, though they won’t get as many seats (to contest in), we can ensure that PAS will win all the seats it contests,” At Umno’s general assembly today, he told delegates.
Hasni urged the party’s top leadership to grant Johor Umno autonomy in deciding on its election strategy for the state’s upcoming elections, as well as abolishing seat quotas for Barisan Nasional (BN) component parties.
He said the state chapter needed autonomy because the Johor PPBM chairman was Muhyiddin Yassin himself, and that the prime minister would do all he could to ensure his party won Johor.
“Although we have component parties, don’t practise quotas. If it’s true that we’re really the dominant party, our planning and strategy should be based on data and science. Refer to the data that cannot be denied by the BN component parties.”
Hasni said that PN’s support in the state was far weaker than Umno’s, citing a study conducted by the state branch, and that Muhyiddin’s support was poor even in his own constituency of Pagoh.
“If their general can be troubled by Pagoh Umno, it will be easy for us to take the state and even the country.”