PETALING JAYA – Pakatan Harapan should only present one manifesto for the upcoming general election, says DAP advisor Lim Kit Siang (pic).
Lim said it was agreed at Pakatan Harapan’s inaugural convention on Saturday that there would only be straight fights for seats and one manifesto for the Opposition front.
“We can only present to the people one manifesto or else we will be the laughing stock of the country if we have two manifestos, just like in the 1990s where there were two sides of the Opposition bloc,” he said in his opening address at the party’s annual convention on Sunday.
Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali was in agreement with Lim.
“That is the better option to send a clear message to voters that the we are united and that we are serious about change and reforms,” said Azmin, who is also PKR deputy president.
Earlier, Selangor DAP chairman Tony Pua said that the outcome of discussions on straight fights must known early so Pakatan parties could prepare for the 14th general election.
“If an agreement cannot be achieved, then it should be made known early so that we can get ready and strengthen ourselves to face elections, whether it will be one-to-one fights or three-cornered fights,” he said in his speech at the party’s convention on Sunday.
Referring to negotiations with PAS, Pua said discussions on seats could not go on until the last minute as that could affect the performance of the Opposition coalition and especially, Parti Amanah Negara’s preparations.
“We have to remember, the stronger Amanah is, the stronger Pakatan Harapan will be. The stronger Amanah is, the weaker our enemies will become,” he said.
On Saturday, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia declared that it would formally join Pakatan once certain issues, including PAS’ inclusion in the Opposition front, have been ironed out. – The Star Online