Pictures of Mahathir not allowed on Pakatan posters

 |Apr 4, 2018
– MO pic by Azrol Ali

KUALA LUMPUR: Pakatan Harapan is upset that the Election Commission has banned it from using pictures of its chairman and prime minister-designate Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad on its campaign posters/

DAP organising secretary Anthony Loke said this was because Pakatan is not formally registered with the Registrar of Societies (RoS) as a coalition.

“We felt this shouldn’t be banned by the EC (Election Commission). We want to campaign and we want to show our leaders. That is the right of respective parties.

“Why does the EC want to interfere? This is none of the EC’s business,” he said after Pakatan’s presidential council meeting in Parliament yesterday.

The Opposition is only allowed to display pictures of its candidates and the president of the party contesting in the polls, Loke added.

The Home Ministry was reported to have said ongoing investigations into Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Pribumi) was holding up Pakatan’s registration as a formal coalition.

The ministry was probing the multiple complaints received over Pribumi’s annual general meeting last December and whether it was held in line with the party’s constitution.

Pribumi chairman Dr Mahathir said the party had informed RoS that it did not have any branches.

“They know we don’t have branches … that’s why we did not allow branch leaders to take part in the meeting to select a representative to the AGM,” he said.

Dr Mahathir also appeared unfazed over prospects of Pribumi not being registered as a party by RoS.

“The registration is not coming … But, we don’t care. Whether it comes or not, we have our plans on how to conduct our party during the election.”

Asked where he would contest, he merely said “it’s a national secret”.

Dr Mahathir also said Pakatan had not decided on its mentri besar candidate for Johor although the rumour is that Pribumi deputy president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin is set to be named as a candidate for Johor mentri besar should Pakatan seize the state in the elections.