KUALA LUMPUR – March 27, 2017: Many Pakatan Harapan supporters are objecting to a suggestion to rename the coalition as Barisan Rakyat.
The new name was proposed by Pribumi Bersatu president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin at an event in Padang Rengas near Kuala Kangsar on Saturday.
It was reported that the proposal came after a suggestion by party chairman Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad for the coalition to have a new name, while emphasising for it to use a common logo, symbol and election manifesto.
However, Muhyiddin’s proposal does not reverberate well with social media users, particularly those who appear to be supporters of the opposition.
Many think that the proposed Barisan Rakyat name is a reflection of the ruling coalition, Barisan Nasional.
Kalvin Hans thinks the opposition leaders, particularly Muhyiddin is out of original ideas. “Why would anyone even think of using the word ‘Barisan’ unless they themselves came from BN and are so connected to that word?
“If you guys can’t even make a simple decision like this, how are you going to fight for truth and bigger issues?”
Richie Nga further questions the proposed name. “Why do they have to choose such a confusing name, which BN will say it’s copied from their name?”
Brian Low is on the same page. “Pakatan Rakyat will do. Stay with a single logo and retain the old brand name, which over time will bring familiarity and prestige. You don’t go about changing your name every time a new member wants it.”
Prem Kumar Rajakumaran believes that the opposition pact must first form unity between all parties before each of the leaders come up with conflicting proposals.
Justin Michael Francis reiterates that the coalition should retain its original name.
Nonetheless, there are also those who support the proposal.
H Kong wrote that contrary to what has been perceived by many, the word “Barisan” does not belong to BN.
“Everybody have the right to use it,” he added.
Azmi Bakar thinks the proposed name will serves as a political mileage to the opposition.
“Pakatan Harapan may not resonates well with rural folks (who are used to the word ‘Barisan’). It’s worth it (for the opposition coalition) to be renamed now.”
Jack Chew Kooi Choon, responding to the objections directed by many at Muhyiddin’s proposal, said the latter was only suggesting a new name that he found suitable.
Meanwhile, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng had declined to comment on the proposal.
He told reporters in Penang yesterday that he would validate news reports on Muhyiddin’s proposal before forming an opinion.
According to Lim, leaders from the four parties have not met since Pribumi Bersatu officially became part of the coalition.
The Mole could not get a response today from opposition leaders on this.