KUALA LUMPUR – April 26, 2016: It was apparent to many that DAP and PKR had dishonoured their own Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition agreement following the outcome of yesterday’s candidate nomination for the Sarawak election.
The opposition parties will clash in six constituencies, namely Batu Kitang, Mambong, Ngemah, Simanggang, Murum and Mulu in the May 7 election.
It was a clear-cut breach of article 5 of the PH agreement that deals with electoral conducts.
According to the second clause of the article, component parties of PH were “allowed to nominate only one candidate to represent PH in any election of any level.”
“The candidate will be chosen by their respective parties that have been given trust by PH’s presidential council to represent PH in the particular election,” stated the agreement, which was collectively signed by PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng and Parti Amanah Negara president Mohamad Sabu on January 9.
The agreement was the first black and white political agreement ever made by members of the opposition in the country.
At that time, PH leaders believed that the agreement will restore order within the opposition ranks after the untimely demise of Pakatan Rakyat last year.
The breach of the agreement was widely commented in cyberspace after the end of nomination process yesterday.
“Well that didn’t last long,” was the sarcastic response from Facebooker Keris Rabak.
“Where got coalition? Where got hope? All cannot be trusted…vote wisely,” wrote Roger Chen.
“Signed agreement also they broke…and you listen to their words?” chided Leng Teck Chiang.
There were also those who deemed such a breach of the agreement was not entirely surprising given the so-called “law-breaking” nature of PH leaders.
“Pakatan Harapan is an anti-establishment coalition, that means they and their supporters are keen on law-breaking,” wrote Mohamed Ahmad Shawal.
“So what is an agreement to them, an agreement is meant to be broken,” he added.
Some even joked that leaders of PH would probably sign a new coalition agreement in near future.
“In another five years, they will form another coalition. Just wait and see,” wrote Naasir Taff.