Guan Eng: Dr M and Wan Azizah are Pakatan's 'symbols of unity'

GEORGE TOWN: Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Opposition leader Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail will be the two main symbols of Pakatan Harapan, says DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng.

Calling the move a "political reset", Lim said it was a case of retaining the good and discarding the bad.

"The two main personalities chosen for the coalition were decided at the presidential council to 'project a sense of unity' and as a symbol of going forward.

"We are looking for a political reset... a reset of the political future.

"We have Tun Mahathir at one end and Wan Azizah at the other," he said at a press conference in Komtar on Wednesday.

Responding to an article from an online portal claiming that the two had been named advisers in the Pakatan pro-tem committee, Lim said their positions would only be decided at the next meeting.

"To sit at the committee, they will have to be various office bearers. I think that has not been decided but they will be the two main symbols of Pakatan," he said.

It was reported that Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia, which national chairman is Dr Mahathir, had been registered as the Opposition pact's fourth member on April 20.

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Hadi: PAS will not join BN or Pakatan

KUALA LUMPUR, March 26 — PAS said it would not be a part of Barisan Nasional (BN) or Pakatan Harapan due to differences in beliefs.

The Islamist party's president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang was reported claiming that PAS would not join either the ruling or federal Opposition coalitions as it contradicted the party's principles.

"PAS will not be together with Pakatan Harapan as there is a clash in policies and concepts, moreover there are leaders and parties in it that continue to oppose Islam openly," he was quoted saying by local daily Sinar Harian in Marang, Terengganu.

Hadi also compared BN and Pakatan to "live monitor lizards", which brought problems and "diseases" to the country.

"To join Pakatan, the monitor lizard is bigger and the disease is even more deadly," the Marang MP cryptically said.

PAS exited Pakatan last year after it refused to work with the DAP and severed ties with the party. This has led the party to seek new allies ahead of the next general elections.

Several PAS divisions have also recently conflicted with PKR, with ties between both parties up for review at the PAS muktamar next month.

PKR, DAP and PAS remain part of the Selangor state government headed by PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali.

Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM), led by former deputy prime minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, officially joined Pakatan Harapan Monday.

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Muhyiddin: PPBM championing ‘Malay-led’ government

KUALA LUMPUR, March 26 — Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) said it would propose a Malay-led coalition, after the Bumiputera-centric party recently joined Pakatan Harapan.

News portal Malaysiakini reported PPBM president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as saying in Padang Rengas, Perak, last night that the rights of both Malays and non-Malays would be protected.

"It must be a Malay-led government. I am mentioning this here not because I want to favour anyone, but because I know the majority of the rakyat are Malays," Muhyiddin was quoted saying.

"That's why we have to determine a new political coalition that is sustainable, not something that is only for today but for the long-term," he added.

Muhyiddin reportedly allayed concerns about the new coalition being "Malay-led" and said the DAP and PKR would be "part of the family."

The PPBM president also reportedly suggested that Pakatan Harapan be renamed "Barisan Rakyat" in the federal Opposition pact's fight against the ruling Barisan Nasional.

PPBM officially joined Pakatan Harapan, comprising PKR, DAP and Parti Amanah Negara, on Monday.

The party, whose chairman is former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, restricts non-Bumiputera to associate membership. They cannot vote or contest for party positions, although they may be appointed.

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