KUALA LUMPUR, March 21 ― PAS Youth Chief Nik Mohamad Abduh Nik Abdul Aziz has said that his party is eyeing Selangor as well as four other states as part of a realistic target for the 14th general election.
He clarified speculation that there had been an agreement with Umno that PAS would rule Terengganu, Kelantan, Kedah, Perak and Selangor, and leave the other states to the ruling Malay party.
“This is our target which has been set by the national PAS, and agreed upon at all levels. We want more seats,” Malay daily Sinar Harian quoted him saying.
“What Tok Guru mentioned are states that Umno already controls, so this remains, it does not mean there is an agreement, if Pakatan Harapan wants their states, they have to work for it on their own,” he added, referring to president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang.
The PAS president has been forced to deny saying that PAS only wanted to rule in five states and that Umno could have the rest in the next general election, following a video recording of him allegedly saying so.
“The other side keeps saying they want to defeat PAS in Kelantan and that they would contest in all the seats PAS contests in. But when we say we want to add four or five more states and the remainder ruled by BN, suddenly the other side gets upset and accuses us of working with Umno,” Nik Abduh added.
In January, Hadi had said that PAS has set its sights to win at least 40 Parliament seats in the next general elections in order to ensure the rule of Islam in the country.
In a report by party portal HarakahDaily, Hadi also said that the party wants to keep Kelantan, take back Terengganu and Kedah from Barisan Nasional, and to lead Selangor that is currently governed by PKR.