Pakatan wants to unite all opposition parties

By S. Harrish

PAKATAN HARAPAN is on a mission to galvanise opposition parties as the country heads towards the next general election.

Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said the PH will hold discussions with the leaders of other such parties in the near future.

In a PH presidential council statement today, the coalition said it includes inviting them to join or cooperate with PH.

The statement was jointly signed by Anwar, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng and Amanah president Mohamad Sabu.

“This is in line with the resolution made during the PH leadership retreat in April, which states its openness to negotiate and work together under the ‘big tent’ approach, for the aim of strengthening the opposition bloc, comprising 105 MPs.”

This could also lead to cooperation with Pejuang’s Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

The PH presidential council said any meetings between Anwar and the other opposition leaders will also discuss current political issues, as well as preparations for the upcoming parliamentary sitting on September 6.

It will also discuss the possibility of a special sitting earlier for a confidence vote on Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

The appointment of a new deputy Dewan Rakyat speaker will also be discussed, following the resignation of Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said on Monday.

“PH’s focus is to ensure we become an effective opposition by raising responsible, constructive criticisms, recommendations and views, besides tabling alternative proposals to government policies.

“This is especially concerning efforts to address Covid-19, rejuvenating the economy, as well as saving the lives and livelihood of the people.”

The council said priority will also be given to institutional reforms such as Undi18, an anti-hopping act, improvements to the National Recovery Plan and the independence of the judiciary.