Hornbill Unleashed

July 15, 2017

Dr M is Pakatan chairman, Dr Wan Azizah made president

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:02 AM

Pakatan Harapan leaders pose for a photo while holding up posters of their new logo during a press conference in Kuala Lumpur July 13, 2017. — Picture by Kamles KumarPakatan Harapan finally announced its presidential council line-up late last night, and named Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad — the head of the pact’s smallest and youngest party — its chairman.

One rung lower is Federal Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail who is the pact’s president while the jailed Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was symbolically made de facto leader, mirroring his position in PKR.

The announcement made after midnight is similar to the lineup proposed by Dr Mahathir’s Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) that Malay Mail Online reported on June 9, with nominal changes and additions.

PPBM president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin will be one of three deputy presidents along with DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng and Amanah president Mohamad Sabu.

Pakatan Harapan will also have four vice-presidents: PKR’s Datuk Seri Mohamad Azmin Ali, PPBM’s Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir, DAP’s Chong Chieng Jen and Amanah’s Sallahuddin Ayub.

PKR’s Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah was named chief secretary and DAP’s Kulasegaran is the pact’s treasurer, consistent with the proposed line-up from Malay Mail Online’s previous report.

The pact also announced its common logo — the word “Harapan” in white on a red background, and with the central “A” shaped as a chevron — that will be used by all its candidates should Pakatan Harapan be registered in time for the general election.

Dr Mahathir, who read out the announcements at a press conference held three hours past the scheduled time, also said they will submit the new leadership line-up and logo to the Registrar of Societies for the formal application.

“We will register it as soon as possible, once we complete the details. We already have the structure. We will send it together with the logo,” the former prime minister said.

When pressed to say if Anwar is the pact’s candidate to be prime minister, Dr Mahathir only said they would work to secure his release and take it from there.

“He will be freed by the efforts of the PM before (him), then we will apply for royal pardon. Then we will follow the laws,” the 92-year-old added, without elabourating on the identity of the prime minister “before” Anwar.

The pact also released bullet-points of their intended 100-day policies should Pakatan Harapan win federal power, which include repealing the Goods and Services Tax (GST), “stabilising” fuel prices and solving Felda’s “issues”, among others.

There were no details on what either of the latter two would entail.

Source : The Malay Mail Online by KAMLES KUMAR




  1. Sabah and Sarawak BN leaders support a highly corrupted Najib at their own perils. They should start making Plan B now should Umno Baru controlled BN fail to keep Putrajaya in GE14. Gone are the days they could bluff the rural voters that only BN could bring development. Gone are the days they could bluff the rural voters that the more Parliament seats Sarawak and Sabah deliver the more negotiations power we have with federal. Sarawakians and Sabahans are not stupid .

    Comment by Mat Som — July 16, 2017 @ 10:19 PM | Reply

  2. UMNO Baru will not just sit and watch. They will abuse the authority of the Home Ministry to instruct the ROS to insist Harapan names its PM before the coalition could submit its application to be registered . UMNO Baru shall stop at nothing to make it difficult for Pakatan Harapan to be registered as one entity although the ROS never insisted that BN submitted a new application each time the PM and head of BN was changed.

    Comment by Mata Kuching — July 16, 2017 @ 12:10 PM | Reply

  3. Najib is hell bent in using BTN as a political brain washing tool to indoctrinate rural Malays to support Umno Baru and to ensure Umno Baru remains in power at all cost in the name of race and religion.

    To all Orang Asli, Dayaks, Kadazan, Dusun and Murut the race and religion that the kleptocrat and thief mentioned were that of Peninsular Malaysia Malay Muslims. But already the educated, right thinking and practising Malay Muslims in Peninsula Malaysia especially in Selangor, Kedah, Perak and Johor are showing their displeasure and disapproval for Najib and his gang of thieves in Umno Baru.

    Non Muslims and all right thinking Malay Muslims in Sarawak and Sabah should not support any destructive and highly corrupted leaders and political parties that are crazy for power by inciting a certain race from a certain religion to preserve his political ambition.

    Comment by Awaken Dayak — July 15, 2017 @ 9:05 PM | Reply

    • By Najib’s own admission, BTN existence is solely for the purpose of helping BN win the election. If the opposition comes to power, they have every right to disband BTN. I hope they do it within the first week of forming a new government. And haul in those officials in BTN and charge them for promoting racism and bigotry.

      Comment by TPK — July 16, 2017 @ 10:46 PM | Reply

  4. The choice is clear for most voters even if it is not a perfect choice. Short of rigging the election and bribing the voters, Umno and Bn is doomed. All the spin in the world from the Najib dedak eaters is not going to save their beloved leader and his pink diamond spouse.

    Comment by TPK — July 15, 2017 @ 10:48 AM | Reply

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