SUBANG JAYA – Sept 22, 2015: After six months of being in a limbo, former allies in the now-defunct Pakatan Rakyat have reached a consensus to form a new opposition pact without Pas.
The formation of Pakatan Harapan (PH), was announced by PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail after a closed-door roundtable discussion between leaders of PKR, DAP and Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) here today.
“We have sent the invites of this roundtable discussions to Pas but they replied that they would not participate in the discussion for now.
“However, all of those present in the discussion had agreed that in order to topple the current Barisan Nasional-led regime, we need to have a unified and strong opposition coalition,” she said.
Dr Wan Azizah added that although Pas had declined to join the discussion today, there is still time for “not just Pas but any political parties that is on the same page as us (in toppling BN) to join the Pakatan Harapan.”
She explained that during the discussion, the opposition leaders have agreed to form a special committee to manage PH.
“Pakatan Harapan’s special committee will be spearheaded by a secretary-general and several committee members who represent their respective party.
“However, I cannot disclose any detail regarding the special committee as it is still in its infancy. Give us more time to prepare the fine prints,” she said.
While Dr Wan Azizah had declined to elaborate more on the special committee, Amanah president Mohamad Sabu explained that the committee will be managed by two bodies.
“So far, the Pakatan Harapan’s special committee comprises two bodies; namely the presidential council and the secretary-general council.
“The presidential council will be in charge of policy making matters whereas the secretary-general council will handle administrative matters,” he said.
Among those who attended the roundtable discussion were PKR vice-presidents Tian Chua and Xavier Jayakumar, PKR secretary-general Rafizi Ramli, DAP supremo Lim Kiat Siang and Amanah deputy president Salahuddin Ayub.
The dissolution of Pakatan Rakyat was announced by DAP secretary general Lim Guan Eng in April after the Pas leadership accepted a non-debatable motion pertaining to the severing of ties with DAP during the Islamist party’s muktamar (annual general assembly).
The quarrel between Pas and DAP continues to fester after that as leaders of both parties continued to needle each other.
Several DAP leaders have recently stressed that “things have gone beyond reconciliation and Pas can only dream” of ever teaming up with DAP in the next general election.