Umno treasurer Salleh Said Keruak has cautioned Muhyiddin Yassin “not to count the chicks before the eggs been hatched” by making bold prediction on an imminent opposition victory in Johor in the next general election (GE14).
Salleh reminded the Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Pribumi) president that there were more more important issues to resolve before one could count the number of seats that one would win, and not knowing what to do if one had won.
“This is called counting your chicks before they hatch. Muhyiddin needs to convince the voters that Pribumi has something better to offer compared to the current BN government,” said Salleh, who is also the communications and multimedia minister, in his blog posting on Sunday.
Salleh was commenting on Muhyddin’s statement that the opposition would be able to take over Johor if it won 10 more seats, provided it can retain all its current 19 seats, in GE14.
Barisan Nasional now holds 37 of the 56 state seats in Johor following the defection of Jorak assemblyman Shahruddin Salleh from Umno to Pribumi.
Salleh said that Pribumi was formed to oust Prime Minister Najib Razak as how PKR was formed to free Anwar Ibrahim from imprisonment.
He said it was unclear on whether Pribumi would be admitted as a partner in Pakatan Harapan or would only be involved in an electoral pact on seat distribution.
At the moment Pakatan Harapan has not decided yet to accept Pribumi into its coalition.
“This must first be established because if they cannot agree even before the election how are they going to agree after the election in the event they do win Johor?” Salleh questioned.
Previously Pribumi chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad has said that it was premature for the opposition to reveal its prime minister nominee, adding that Pribumi’s choice however, would be Muhyiddin.
“Pakatan Harapan wants Anwar as the Prime Minister. Does this mean Mahathir does not want Anwar? In that case whom does Mahathir want?” Salleh, also the BN acting treasurer-general, asked.
“Is this because PPBM (Pribumi) and Pakatan Harapan do not disagree on the candidate? And we know that PAS cannot agree to both Anwar and Muhyiddin. So who will PAS choose as prime minister?”