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Malaysiakini reported Pribumi pro-tem vice-president Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir as suggesting the name ‘Barisan Rakyat’ for the opposition pact going up against the ruling Barisan Nasional. — Picture by Saw Siow FengMalaysiakini reported Pribumi pro-tem vice-president Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir as suggesting the name ‘Barisan Rakyat’ for the opposition pact going up against the ruling Barisan Nasional. — Picture by Saw Siow FengKUALA LUMPUR, Sept 23 ― Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia has proposed that the opposition contest the next general election under one logo.

News portal Malaysiakini also reported Pribumi pro-tem vice-president Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir as suggesting the name “Barisan Rakyat”, put forth by “netizens”, for the opposition pact going up against the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN).

“We will suggest this. InsyaAllah Dr Mahathir Mohamad will discuss this with other party leaders.

“Netizens have suggested ‘Barisan Rakyat’, I don't know whether this name will be accepted or not,” Mukhriz was quoted saying at an event in Shah Alam last night.

Mukhriz is the former Kedah mentri besar and son of former prime minister Dr Mahathir, who is also chairman of the newly-formed Bumiputera-centric Pribumi that is against the current government.

Mukhriz also reportedly said PAS should join the opposition pact in contesting against BN so as to avoid three-corner fights that typically benefit the incumbent.

“Imagine if we have BN against Barisan Rakyat, suddenly there is the ‘moon party’ (PAS), it would be obvious that we are not together.

“We have no intention of hurting the feelings of our friends in PAS but Mahathir had said that those who are responsible for three-cornered fights in the election are the ones who want (prime minister) Najib Abdul Razak to remain,” Mukhriz was quoted saying.

Pakatan Harapan was formed last September comprising PKR, the DAP and Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah), an offshoot of PAS, after the disintegration of Pakatan Rakyat. Although PAS is not in Pakatan Harapan, the Islamist party remains part of the Selangor state government headed by Datuk Seri Azmin Ali from PKR.

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