Anwar calls for calm amid GE15 logo quarrel

PETALING JAYA: Amid a heated squabble over which logo Pakatan Harapan should use in GE15, Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (pic) has called for calm between DAP and Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah).

“In such a situation, we should carry out our duties and cooperate closely, especially DAP and Amanah. Don’t let small matters escalate, ” said Anwar.

“We will deliberate on any decisions, even on logos. No one can force us and we cannot force them. That is our way and method, ” he added during a special address to PKR aired on Facebook Live on Sunday (June 6).

The public argument over which logo Pakatan should use in GE15 was triggered when PKR Youth chief Akmal Nasir on Saturday (June 5) proposed for PKR’s logo to be used in the next general election, just like in GE14 in 2018.

This triggered a response from DAP and Amanah members - the latest from Anthony Loke - who said that this isn’t the time to talk about the GE15 logo, as leaders should focus on assisting the rakyat, who are affected by the pandemic.

Loke claimed that the matter was discussed at length at a recent Pakatan retreat in Port Dickson last April.

“Every party in Pakatan knows their respective stand and component parties have achieved a ‘general understanding’ in this matter. “When the time comes, then Pakatan’s presidential council will make a joint decision on this matter, ” he said in a Facebook post.

Akmal’s proposal for Pakatan to use PKR’s logo in GE15 also triggered rebuke from Amanah Youth, with leaders from five Kuala Lumpur divisions (Lembah Pantai, Batu, Kepong, Bandar Tun Razak, and Bukit Bintang) issuing a joint statement on Saturday (June 5) rejecting such a proposal.

“The consensus to use the Pakatan logo should give confidence to the public that Pakatan component parties are united and loyal in reaching the same ambitions to return the mandate to the people, and to bring Malaysia out from the ill effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, ” said the divisions.

In 2018, the then-Pakatan Harapan coalition that also consisted of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu), had used the PKR logo as a sign of unity in taking on GE14.

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