Pakatan leaders believe coalition agreement ends their rift

Zaidi Azmi
Written by Zaidi Azmi

SHAH ALAM – January 9, 2015: The Pakatan Harapan (PH) leadership believes that order has been restored within the opposition ranks after they inked their ‘coalition agreement’ today.

The moment was claimed to be “historical” by PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail because it was the first black and white political agreement ever made by members of the opposition.

“I know that PH (Pakatan Harapan) is far from flawless but I am confident that this agreement will realise PH’s vision in creating a two party system in Malaysia.

“The country needs a strong and healthy opposition so as to allow the people to choose whether they want honey or poison,” said Dr Wan Azizah, alluding Barisan Nasional (BN) as the poison.

She was speaking at the PH inaugural leadership conference where the agreement was sign here today by PKR, DAP and Amanah.

Other leaders of the coalition also expressed their confidence that the agreement will be the cornerstone in achieving a two-party system in the country.

They believe the agreement will be the impetus for a one-on-one fight against Barisan Nasional (BN) in the next general election.

Some of them are also hoping that PH candidates will be able to contest the general election, scheduled in 2018 under a single united flag.

“In order to prove to the people that PH is indeed united I propose that our candidates, regardless whether from DAP, PKR or Amanah, needs to contest under one logo and one flag.

“This can also eliminate the perception that the next general election is going to be a ‘Malay-Vs-Chinese’ bout,” said Johor Amanah deputy chairman Zulkifli Ahmad.

On the matter of Pas which is not part of the opposition coalition, PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli said it was simply “too early to jump the gun.”

“There’s too much speculations so I think in order to not muddle the cynicisms further, let’s just focus on building a clear PH policies one by one.

“I think things are very dynamic and whatever it is that people say and postulate right now are mere speculations.

“On the question whether there will be a three-cornered or a four-cornered or even a five-cornered fight, it will unveil itself during the next general election.

“Plus, I don’t think it is productive for the people to spend too many times contemplating on this,” he said during a press conference after the coalition agreement was signed.

On whether Pas will join PH, Amanah information chief Khalid Samad said the onus is on Pas.

He deemed that Pas can join PH if they are agreeable and can conform to the terms and conditions stipulated in the coalition agreement.

“If Pas shares our vision in having a two party system then they should come to PH and if they don’t then there is nothing much that we can do.

“But nobody in PH is rejecting Pas’ involvement so if they want to join us then we (PH) can consider it,” said Khalid.

Be that as it may, there are currently no indications hinting that Pas will join PH any time soon.

It was reported that Pas vice-president Datuk Mohd Nik Amar Nik Abdullah had made it clear that the Islamist party was not interested in any form of cooperation with Amanah and DAP, at least for now.



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Zaidi Azmi

Zaidi Azmi

If Zaidi Azmi isn’t busy finding his way in the city, this 26-year-old northern kampung boy can be found struggling to make sense of the Malaysian political scene. Zaidi can be reached at zaidiazmi91@gmail.com.