Pakatan planning ‘grand coalition’ meeting to face next election


GEORGE TOWN: Pakatan Harapan will discuss holding a “grand coalition” meeting later this month to face the next general election, says DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng.

“The idea of a grand coalition was proposed by Parti Amanah Negara chief Mohamed Sabu on Dec 26, who said he was prepared to bring the opposition parties together, ” Lim said after taking a trip on the Penang ferry at Pengkalan Raja Tun Uda here yesterday.

He said it was part of the political reset which was stated earlier in a joint statement on Dec 17.

He added that the statement was misinterpreted by some who thought there would be a change in the coalition’s leadership.

“It is more to focus on people-centric issues rather than getting kleptocrats to join the coalition, ” he said.

During the Amanah convention in Melaka, Mohamad reportedly said the party was prepared to bring together the opposition parties to form a grand coalition to face GE15.

In Kota Kinabalu, Upko hopes there will be a political ceasefire that will see stability and confidence restored among the people in 2021.

Its president Datuk Wilfred Madius Tangau said it was time for politicians across the spectrum to be more professional and end inter-party rivalries to bring about more public confidence.

“Let professional politics restore stability and confidence, ” he said in his New Year message yesterday.

Instead of incessant plotting to form a grand coalition or topple a government, he said it would be best for Pakatan Harapan to negotiate for a 2021 ceasefire. He said the ceasefire between the government and the opposition could include no federal or state elections.

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