KUALA LUMPUR – November 22, 2017: Pakatan Rakyat (PH) is claiming to have multiple alternatives to circumvent the possibility of it not being registered in time for the 14th general elections.
One is that the Pakatan leadership may likely opt to field candidates under whichever party banner it feels maybe advantageous to them should a plan to use a single banner does not work out because of registration problems.
“The way I see it, the first option is for PH candidates to contest under their allied party banner. For example, if our coalition fails to be registered and Pribumi or DAP is to be de-registered due to outstanding issues, all our candidates may contest under the banner of Amanah and PKR.
“Another possible alternative is for our candidates to contest under the banner of the most popular PH component party in a specific state. For example, all our candidates may contest in Kelantan under the Amanah banner while those in Selangor under PKR,” pointed out Amanah organising secretary Suhaizan Kayat, who spoke in his personal capacity.
But he remains confident the Pakatan leadership will overcome the registration problems.
Pakatan chairman Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad on Monday claimed that the Registrar of Societies (RoS) had intentionally delayed PH’s registration as an official coalition.
In response, RoS director-general Suriyati Ibrahim said the registration process was delayed due to breaches by Pribumi Bersatu and DAP.
She said Pribumi Bersatu could even be de-registered over several issues, namely the illegal use of the word Armada for its youth wing, failure to hold annual meetings at all levels and a proposed amendment to its constitution.
DAP was in trouble after it failed to submit its November 12 central executive committee re-election report and its new central executive committee line-up.
DAP’s problems date back to 2012 when it was ordered by the RoS to hold fresh central executive committee elections after complaints of irregularities by members. The party had at that time considered fielding candidates for the general elections the following year under the banner of its then ally PAS in the peninsular and PKR in Sabah and Sarawak.