Opposition forms Pakatan Harapan


SUBANG: A new Opposition coalition called Pakatan Harapan has been formed comprising PKR, DAP and Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah).

PKR chairman Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail made the announcement after a roundtable meeting here with the other two parties on Tuesday.

Dr Wan Azizah, however, said that PAS and any other parties which were on the same page as them could join Pakatan Harapan.

"The people have high hopes of seeing the Opposition working together. This is for the people," she told reporters.

Dr Wan Azizah said that the parties would form a special secretariat committee to draft an agreement, as well as to agree upon 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.

She also announced that the coalition has agreed to name Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim as the prime minister if it wins the next election.

The previous coalition of Pakatan Rakyat broke down following strained relations between PAS and DAP.