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UMNO, PAS, Bersatu agree to form new govt in Perak – Perak UMNO chief

IPOH — UMNO, PAS and Perak Bersatu have agreed to form a new government in Perak in the same mould as at the federal level, according to Perak UMNO chief  Datuk Saarani Mohamad.

He said Perak UMNO and PAS had had separate meetings with Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu to discuss the matter today.

The Kota Tampan assemblyman said he met Ahmad Faizal in the latter’s capacity as Perak Bersatu chairman.

He said, in principle, the three parties now had enough seats to form the new state government with UMNO-led Barisan Nasional (BN) having 25, PAS (3), Bersatu (2) and one independent assemblyman backing them.

“We also understand another assemblyman will be leaving his party and become an independent but will support us,” he told Bernama.

Perak PAS commissioner Razman Zakaria, when contacted,  confirmed the move but declined to comment further.

In the 14th General Election held in May 2018, Pakatan Harapan (PH) which was made up of DAP, Amanah, PKR and  Bersatu then, managed to secure 29 seats in the 59-seat State Assembly while BN won 27 and PAS (3),  leaving a hung assembly as none had a simple majority of 30 seats.

However, with two crossovers, one joining Bersatu and the other becoming an independent but friendly to Bersatu, PH managed to form the state government.

At the federal level, BN,PAS, Bersatu and GPS of Sarawak joined forces to unseat the PH government in Putrajaya last Saturday.