Perikatan needs CSA to become constructive opposition, says Saifuddin


KUANTAN: A confidence and supply agreement (CSA) should be created for Perikatan Nasional to become a constructive opposition, says its Pahang chairman Datuk Seri Saifuddin Abdullah.

He said the CSA should involve, among others, a recognised shadow Cabinet and exco, as well as select committees according to the Cabinet and exco clusters and fair constituency allocations for MPs and assemblymen.

"It is now time for Perikatan to do two main things: be a constructive, professional and progressive opposition in Parliament and state assemblies; and improve the coalition.

"Both of these are recipes for building a mature, moderate and multiracial Malaysian democracy based on values," said Saifuddin on Monday (Nov 28).

He said in order to improve the party, Perikatan must rework its idealism of struggle to one that practises moderation and centrism.

"Meanwhile, Bersatu needs to empower its associate wing to ensure more meaningful involvement of non-Malays or non-bumiputra members and conduct more systematic education and training programmes," he said.

Saifuddin's statement came after the Regent of Pahang consented to a state government comprising Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Harapan.

Political unions, which excluded Perikatan, had also been formed in Perak and at the federal level.

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