Pakatan Harapan to formalise pact on Saturday

More than three months after the birth of Pakatan Harapan, the three parties forming the coalition will sign a formal agreement on cooperation come Jan 9.

PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said the agreement will focus on the seven pre-conditions for Harapan cooperation.

They include, among others, inter-party dispute settlement, seats allocation, Harapan state government cooperation and on violations of the agreement.

“Pakatan Harapan will have a leadership council meeting on Jan 9 at the Shah Alam Convention Centre at 9am.

“This meeting is expected to see the inking of the Pakatan Harapan agreement which will bind PKR, DAP and Amanah in a sustainable political coalition,” she told reporters at Amanah headquarters in Kuala Lumpur this afternoon.

The announcement was made after a Pakatan Harapan leadership council meeting which DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang and Amanah president Mohamad Sabu attended.

Wan Azizah said she hoped that the agreement’s inking will signify the political maturity of the three parties.

“With the political alliance strength from the Pakatan Harapan agreement, we will fully focus on developing a comprehensive and radical policy framework to resolve the people’s problems while building an inclusive and competitive country.

“This will form the Pakatan Harapan common policy document which will be announced during Harapan convention expected to be in June,” the parliamentary opposition leader added.

Asked on whether the agreement will affect the relationship between PKR and PAS, Wan Azizah dismissed the suggestion.

“This will not affect cooperation (between both parties) in Selangor. Other than that we are working together in certain areas but only in Selangor.”

Wan Azizah did not answer when pressed on whether PKR will extend the cooperation to beyond Selangor.

PAS not discussed

Instead, PKR secretary-general Rafizi Ramli and Amanah infomation chief Khalid Samad replied that today’s meeting only focussed on Pakatan Harapan’s internal party cooperation and did not discuss PAS.

Asked whether all Pakatan Harapan parties will contest the upcoming Sarawak state election, Wan Azizah said that topic was not on the agenda for today’s meeting.

Pakatan Harapan emerged following its predecessor Pakatan Rakyat’s demise in June last year which was triggered after the ulama faction made a clean sweep of the PAS party elections.

PAS ‘progressive’ faction leaders then quit the party and establish Amanah three months later and followed this up by joining DAP and PKR in Pakatan Harapan.

However, PKR still maintains its political cooperation with PAS in Selangor and at the national level. – Malaysiakini

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