Malaysa: Bersatu to join Muafakat Nasional, says Muhyiddin

  • Bersatu will join Umno and PAS in Muafakat Nasional, said Muhyiddin Yassin on 15 Aug 20. The Bersatu president announced this in a video message to members, confirming speculation that the party will officially become a partner in the pact.
  • The admission also raises questions over the future of the ruling Perikatan Nasional coalition, which is yet to be registered. Umno previously said it would not formally join PN, preferring to remain in MN.
  • Bersatu’s entry into MN will seal the three Malay parties’ positions as the backbone of the government. PN’s allies are Sarawak’s ruling pact GPS, MCA, MIC and several Sabah parties.
  • Muhyiddin, who is the prime minister, said he did not betray the party in taking it out of the Pakatan Harapan pact. He urged members to move on from the internal tussle brought on by the split between him and party co-founder Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

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