Pakatan Harapan chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad delivers his speech during the briefing with PH candidates in Petaling Jaya. Pic by SADDAM YUSOFF

PETALING JAYA: Pakatan Harapan (PH) chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is urging those who are not selected as candidates to contain their disappointment.

He acknowledged that some of them were unhappy about being left out but called on them to continue supporting the opposition pact.

The former prime minister said they must understand the importance of the 14th General Election (GE14).

He did not to rule out the possibility of sabotage.

“Perhaps some will do this and that, but we will meet them and talk to them,” he said after attending a briefing with PH candidates today afternoon.

“This is an election focusing on changing the government, and we must obtain the highest number of votes.”

Dr Mahathir, who is standing for election in Langkawi, claimed that the rift was more serious in Barisan Nasional (BN).

He said some within BN were unhappy about being passed over for candidacy in GE14 by younger candidates.

PKR president Datuk Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, meanwhile, dismissed rumours about a rift between her faction and her deputy Datuk Seri Azmin Ali’s faction.

“It’s just rumours and BN talk,” she said.

Dr Wan Azizah declined to comment on her decision to contest in Pandan.

She was previously reported as saying that she would defend the Permatang Pauh parliamentary seat.