Azmin sees Pakatan Harapan as base for 'grand coalition'

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  • Tuesday, 02 Aug 2016

SHAH ALAM: Opposition parties should come together into Pakatan Harapan to form a "grand coalition" that would combine their forces against Barisan Nasional and Umno, said Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali.

This includes accepting any new political party led by former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed and former deputy prime minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, he said.

"We have always been inclusive, provided that individuals and parties commit to the reform agenda," said Azmin after launching the Selangor Green Technology Action Plan at the sidelines of the state assembly sitting Tuesday.

Speculation is rife that Dr Mahathir and several others are in the process of registering a new political party called Barisan Rakyat.

According to Azmin, who is also PKR deputy president, if the new party outlines clear objectives on its formation and has common policies with Pakatan parties, it will be readily welcomed.

"We have to expand our base and be more inclusive to prepare for GE14," said Azmin, adding that the objective of the "grand coalition" is to identify common goals.

He also said that the parties in the unification exercise should be realistic, accept differences and try to understand each other.

"We must have the humility to accept that there are differences in the coalition but we have to respect each other and stick to our common policy and common agenda.

"If we go along that line, we should be able to form a grand coalition which is formidable and united to face Barisan."

He added that he has been working hard to bring all Opposition parties together to form the opposition bloc.

"I am still working very hard. I am not saying it is easy and I don't have all the answers ... but we should continue with the engagement, and try to understand each other," said Azmin.
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