PH to solidify coalition with official agreement

Pakatan harapan

Zaidi Azmi
Written by Zaidi Azmi

KUALA LUMPUR – January 5, 2016: In a bid to strengthen the recently-formed opposition coalition, top leaders of Pakatan Harapan (PH) will ratify the ‘Coalition Agreement’ in its upcoming inaugural conference.

PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, who is the opposition leader told a press at Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah)’s headquarter today that such an agreement was to bind PKR, DAP and Amanah in a stronger political union.

“Malaysia is at a crucial junction that will determine its fate for the next thirty years to come.

“Thus the void of a credible and honest political leadership must be filled immediately to provide a sense of direction and hope for the rakyat (people),” she said during the press conference held after a PH leadership meeting.

She added that the decision of PH to form and formalise the agreement was also due to its desire to offer the rakyat a stronger and sustainable coalition that can “do justice to their strong support for change.”

The ‘Coalition Agreement’ to be signed this Saturday at the Shah Alam Convention Centre (SACC) consists seven main chapters that will focus on several key areas to ensure sustainable political union between the three component parties.

Such agreement, according to Dr Wan Azizah was formulated to overcome key issues including PH’s principle mechanism in decision making and resolving disputes within parties in the coalition.

“The agreement will also be used as a guideline for us to develop a common policy framework and adherence to the agreed framework.

“The principle and mechanism to determine the legitimacy of PH’s in the event the agreement is breached was also formulated in the agreement,” said Dr Wan Azizah.

She was also confident that the signing of the agreement represents a major milestone that demonstrates the “political maturity of PKR, DAP and Amanah.”

However, none of the leaders who attended the press conference gave definite answers as to what will become of Pas once the agreement is signed.

Amanah communication director Khalid Abdul Samad made it clear that the meeting today did not discuss any matter pertaining to the Islamist party.

“Our meeting today is only to discuss on how to strengthen and coordinate the coalition,” said Khalid.

Among those who attended the meeting were PKR vice-presidents Nurul Izzah Anwar, Xavier Jayakumar and Tian Chua, DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang, Amanah president Mohamad Sabu and strategic director Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad.

PH was formed shortly after the “demise” of Pakatan Rakyat (PR) due to Pas and DAP’s seemingly irreconcilable dispute which climaxed in April last year.

The fallout between the two reached a boiling point after Pas approved a non-debatable motion pertaining to the severing of political ties between the Islamist party and DAP at its general assembly.



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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 [email protected]