KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 10 — The outcome of negotiations involving 27 critical seats in Parliament in GE15, including the possibility of cooperation between Umno and PAS, will be decided during the next Umno Supreme Council meeting soon, said Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid.
Mahdzir, who is also the rural development minister, said that the decision must go through the existing structure in Umno first.
"In this party, all necessary party decisions must go through the structure within the party, and within the party, there is the Supreme Council.
"Before the Supreme Council, the Political Bureau will decide and the Council will make a decision after about anything related to the party, including the decision to cooperate with PAS," he told Berita Harian after an event in Padang Terap, Kedah.
On September 1, PAS deputy president Datuk Seri Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man said PAS, through Perikatan Nasional (PN), is ready to negotiate with Barisan Nasional (BN) on seat allocations for 27 critical Parliamentary seats to avoid clashes in the 15th General Election (GE15).
He said that for his party, the negotiation was necessary for the benefit of both parties ahead of the election.
On September 8, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the proposal could be brought to the Umno Supreme Council meeting to be discussed.