KUALA LUMPUR: Pakatan Harapan is no better than Pakatan Rakyat, according to Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak.
The Communications and Multimedia Minister said there was no guarantee that the party would not eventually face the same fate as the former opposition pact.
He said no matter how much the parties within Pakatan Harapan, comprising Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), DAP and Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah), tried to show that the pact was different and better than Pakatan Rakyat, what actually happened on the ground did not give that impression.
"So there is no guarantee that Pakatan Harapan will not eventually face the same fate as Pakatan Rakyat," he said in a posting on his blog, sskeruak.blogspot.com.
He comments followed the ongoing debate between DAP and PKR regarding the removal of two PKR representatives from Penang state government-owned GLCs.
According to Salleh, the spat proves that it was the party that had prerogative to make decisions.
"But that is not the most interesting part yet. It gets even more interesting when Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng says that DAP decides what happens as far as Penang is concerned and the other members of Pakatan Harapan have to comply.
"Not too long ago, PKR’s Rafizi Ramli announced that Pakatan Harapan would no longer operate on an agree-to-disagree basis. This was basically because Pakatan Rakyat, which operated on that basis, found it difficult to agree-to-disagree on various matters and that caused the break-up of the coalition," he said.
According to Salleh, Rafizi had stated that in order to avoid Pakatan Harapan suffering the same fate as Pakatan Rakyat, the former would operate on a consensus basis.
However, Salleh said when it came to Penang, DAP did not operate on consensus, but based on what DAP wanted.
"Basically, Lim Guan Eng now says that DAP decides what happens in Penang and PKR would have to abide to DAP’s decision. Lim Guan Eng reminds Selangor Mentri Besar Azmin Ali that this was exactly what happened with PKR’s decision to remove Khalid Ibrahim as mentri besar.
"Lim Guan Eng more or less confirms that the decision to remove Khalid as mentri besar was a PKR and not Pakatan Rakyat decision. So it was not based on consensus but based on agree to disagree.
"And yet DAP and PKR called PAS (one of the opposition parties in Pakatan Rakyat pact) a traitor for not supporting the move to oust Khalid and replace him with Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, and later with Azmin Ali.
"It appears like Pakatan Harapan still work on the same basis that Pakatan Rakyat did," added Salleh. - Bernama
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