Malaysia's opposition forms new coalition
MALAYSIA'S opposition alliance is now known as Pakatan Harapan (Coalition of Hope), consisting of Democratic Action Party (DAP), Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) and new member Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah).
Amanah replaces Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS) in the old coalition Pakatan Rakyat.
PKR Chairman Wan Azizah Wan Ismail made the announcement yesterday, after a meeting here with the other two parties.
She said that PAS and any other parties which are on the same page as them can join Pakatan Harapan. The previous coalition broke down following strained relations between DAP and PAS.
"The people have high hopes of seeing the opposition working together. This is for the people," Dr Wan Azizah told reporters.
She said that the parties would form a special secretariat committee to draft an agreement, as well as to agree on common policies and work ethics.
"Beginning today, Pakatan Harapan will work as an opposition coalition to go against Barisan Nasional," she said.
When asked if the coalition would be made official, Dr Wan Azizah said that it would depend on the Registrar of Societies (RoS).
"Even with Pakatan Rakyat, we wanted to register, but the RoS didn't allow it, but let's take it one step at a time," she said, adding that the coalition agreed to name Anwar Ibrahim as the prime minister if it wins the next election.
THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK