PAS Aiming For Simple Majority In Penang

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PENANG 16/04/18: Penang PAS Commisioner Muhammad Fauzi Yusoff said that PAS and Parti Cinta Malaysia (PCM) will be working together to take over Penang. PICTURE BY SAYUTI ZAINUDIN

PAS will cooperate with Parti Cinta Malaysia (PCM) and the Penang PAS Supporters Congress (DHPP) to try to wrest Penang from Pakatan Harapan (PH).

Penang PAS commissioner Muhammad Fauzi Yusoff said his party will contest 18 state and six parliament seats here for the general election.

“Together with PCM and DHPP, we will be able to reach a simple majority and take over the state this election,” he said in a speech at Pongsu Seribu last night.

In 2013, PAS challenged for just five state and two federal seats.

The Islamist party is no longer part of the larger Opposition, having severed ties with major parties such as DAP, PKR, PPBM and Amanah.

“This time, we can contest in more seats so we hope Penang voters will come out in full force to support us so that we can take over the state,” he said, expressing belief that his party stood a chance of winning the entire state.

However, PCM vice-president Datuk Huan Cheng Guan said his party is still undecided on the number of seats it will contest.

His party will need to win at least three, assuming that PAS can will all 18, to have any chance of a simple majority in the state assembly.

“We are still discussing with PAS the number of seats we plan to contest in,” he said when contacted today.

Last night, Huan and DHPP chairman P. Asokan were also present at the PAS Gagasan Sejahtera event.

Fauzi said their presence showed the close partnership between PAS, PCM and DHPP.

Penang has 40 state seats and 13 parliamentary seats.

Prior to its dissolution, the PH parties had commanded a supermajority in the Penang assembly while PAS had just one state lawmaker.