PETALING JAYA: More Opposition lawmakers have expressed concern over Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's informal talks with Umno.
In a joint statement, a group of five lawmakers said that any possible cooperation with any political party now or in the future needs to be based on a common struggle, namely having a reformed mindset and a commitment to implement those reforms.
"Any coalition to be formed must have a noble agenda and a shared value system for it to be sustainable.
"It is our belief that the existing court cluster and even Umno do not possess the above agenda and values to rebuild Malaysia," the group said in a statement on Thursday (March 18).
The Umno "court cluster" refers to the Umno lawmakers who are currently facing corruption charges in court.
The statement was issued by Bukit Gelugor MP Ramkarpal Singh (DAP), Penampang MP Datuk Darell Leiking (Warisan), Muar MP Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman (Independent), Segambut MP Hannah Yeoh (DAP) and Petaling Jaya MP Maria Chin Abdullah (PKR).
On Tuesday (March 16), Anwar said that discussions between PKR and Umno had taken place but no formal agreement had been agreed to yet.
The five Opposition MPs said that the Opposition has wasted enough time arguing about "numbers" and who should be Prime Minister.
"A year has passed by after the painful betrayal in the Sheraton Move.
"We want to move forward. We do not have a shortage of talent amongst Opposition MPs."
"We want the Opposition leadership to be focused on policies that will win the trust and hearts of Malaysians and lead us into victory in the coming elections," they said.
The group said that they no longer wanted to engage in a "futile exercise to rebuild Malaysia".
"We do not want to build sandcastles having a majestic grandeur facade but can be easily washed away when the waves come.
"As parliamentarians, we want to rebuild Malaysia with the right foundation, for without it, this nation will crumble again.
"The road to Putrajaya must not be obtained at all costs," said the group.
On Wednesday (March 17), Syed Saddiq from Malaysian United Democratic Alliance and four other politicians representing five parties in the Opposition bloc - Parti Amanah Negara deputy president Datuk Salahuddin Ayub, Parti Warisan Sabah youth chief Datuk Mohd Azis Jamman, DAP political education director Liew Chin Tong and Parti Sarawak Bersatu member Baru Bian - told Anwar to strengthen the bloc and reject cooperation with any so-called kleptocrats.
They said the Opposition bloc had to work together for an agenda to heal Malaysia as the Perikatan Nasional government had failed to solve the economic, health and political crises during its one-year rule.