Pakatan Harapan and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) signed today an agreement to form an electoral pact to face Barisan Nasional (BN) in the 14th general elections.
PPBM president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin however insisted that PPBM would continue to approach PAS to form a bigger electoral pact among all Opposition parties in order to eliminate multi-corner contests that usually benefitted BN.
“Despite the agreement, we still can continue negotiation,” Muhyiddin said after the signing ceremony at the PKR headquarters here.
“They have indicated their willingness to discuss and talk with us. I think that’s quite [an] important indication as far as we are concerned.
“Since we are a new party, we would like to engage with any party that has the same interest and intention to work together,” he said further, when asked about PPBM’s plans to approach PAS as the Islamist party has repeated its stand not to work together with Amanah or the DAP.
The agreement between PPBM and Pakatan Harapan outlined seven items, including the formation of a joint technical committee to discuss seat allocations, a common logo and manifesto, and a common framework.
PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said today’s agreement was the first step before forming a formal Opposition coalition to further facilitate the establishment of a new government, if the Opposition parties win the 14th general election.
“We are already working together. Coalition is just a formality.
“The electoral pact is just an initial step. We will formally establish a formal opposition coalition before the next election,”she said.
Other items listed in the agreement are to continue negotiation with other parties that are not in the agreement, to ensure only one candidate represents the Opposition in any election, as well as to choose candidates based on their winnability factor. Candidate selections will also be done through discussion with all parties.
The agreement also reaffirmed the four parties’ commitment to uphold the Federal Constitution, Islam as the federal religion, and to protect the special position of the Malays, Bumiputera, Sabah and Sarawak, as well as the interests of other races.
Source : MELATI A. JALIL @ The Malay Mail Online