Anwar says Bersatu’s betrayal is the reason for Pakatan’s caution in seeking cooperation with other parties

Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim attends a public session with young people at Universiti Malaya on September 11, 2022. — Photo by Hari Anggara

By Kenneth Tee

Wednesday September 21, 2022 09:38 GMT

KUALA LUMPUR, September 21 – Any decision to accept new partners in Pakatan Harapan (PH) for the upcoming 15th general elections must be carefully deliberated to avoid a repeat of the betrayal of the Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia Party, the coalition chairman has said Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

Anwar attributed his coalition’s mistrust to the “Sheraton Move” when Bersatu left PH in early 2020 to team up with Barisan Nasional, PAS and Gabungan Parti Sarawak to take Putrajaya.

“Because the past experience with Bersatu was difficult, they reneged on all commitments on multiracial agenda issues, to get rid of corruption, and of course for PKR we cannot be absolved of these excess because many of our leaders were involved in this betrayal,” Anwar said in an interview with Malaysiakini published today.

The Federal Opposition Leader revealed that PH had received letters from Parti Sosialis Malaysia and the Malaysian United Democratic Alliance, both expressing their interest in working together.

“I think we can continue to engage, because the policies of these parties are quite close to Harapan.

“But I will leave it to the presidential council, and later, for the committee to deliberate in detail,” Anwar told the news portal.

He also confirmed that PH was considering a new logo design.

Anwar also said in the interview that PH ironed out some election issues during his recent retreat with senior leaders, accepting the opinions of the younger generation of members.

“Naturally there will be differences. But honestly, I don’t think there is a substantial difference. None. Even seat negotiations, it’s a lot easier now.

“Because we have been arguing for a long time since 1999,” he reportedly said, referring to when his party then known as Parti Keadilan Nasional made its electoral debut as part of the then opposition bloc. called Barisan Alternatif with the old DAP. and not.

Anwar was also asked about political analysts’ predictions on post-election coalitions, but declined, saying PH’s aim now is to win seats in the GE15.

However, he pointed out that analysts were only sometimes right “but often they were wrong”, citing the 2013 election as an example of when the federal opposition bloc then known as Pakatan Rakyat won. the popular vote although the so-called experts have written its chances in advance.

“If I were to be guided only by so-called analysts and polls, we would have given up long ago,” Anwar said.

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