Pakatan Harapan chairperson Dr Mahathir Mohamad has reassured the opposition’s supporters that they have in place Plan B and Plan C in the event of deregistration by the Registrar of Societies (ROS).
Writing on his blog this morning, the former prime minister said that Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s government is pulling no stops in trying to prevent the opposition coalition from providing stiff competition to BN during the 14th general elections.
“To do this all the government has to do is to refuse or delay the registration of the Pakatan Harapan coalition and to deregister Bersatu, the party of choice of Umno dissidents and Umno supporters among the voters,” said Mahathir.
“But Najib will still lose. The opposition can fall back on Plan B and Plan C,” he said without further elaboration.
Previously, Mahathir has said that Harapan had an alternative plan should the ROS decide against approving the opposition coalition's registration.
“They (the government) would announce (Harapan's registration) three days before the election so that we won't have a logo and no rules to follow. We predict that the government would do all it can to frustrate us,” he had said in October.
Mahathir also blasted the government’s decision to continue to spend heavily on BR1M, which he said is increasingly given to “all categories of people”, as the election approaches despite its limited amount of money due to its many scandals such as 1MDB.
“Basically these are bribes, blatant bribes which are against the law,” stated the 92-year-old Bersatu chairperson.
“Where will the billions given out come from?” he queried.
“(The) government may borrow but repayment costs money. Failure to repay may result in the country being declared bankrupt. Truly Najib is dragging the country to bankruptcy.”
While he did not further explain what Plan C would resemble, the former premier reassured his supporters that despite Najib’s “threats and harassments” towards potential donors who are opposition-friendly from donating to Harapan, the government was spending more money to “counter voter sentiment against Najib”.