Trio: Opposition parties must formally join PH to sway Malaysians in GE15

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Total support of 105 opposition MPs needs to be maintained and further refined towards the next general election.

A trio of Pakatan Harapan (PH) lawmakers has urged the coalition to officially invite other opposition parties to join the pact.

Noting that opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s 105 votes by MPs were insufficient for the PKR president to be appointed prime minister after Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin stepped down last week, the trio said PH needs to maintain and strengthen the support it has garnered from other opposition parties.

“In this regard, we recommend that PH immediately send official invitations to all opposition parties, consisting of Warisan, Muda, Pejuang, Upko and PSB, to join PH,” said the statement signed by PKR’s Petaling Jaya MP Maria Chin Abdullah, DAP’s Segambut MP Hannah Yeoh and senator Raj Munni Sabu, the Wanita PH deputy chief.

“The total support of 105 opposition MPs needs to be maintained and further refined in the form of a more formal understanding towards the next general election.”

“This formalisation can convince the people in Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak that Harapan is the most appropriate choice to lead Malaysia. Please hurry and expedite this,” they said.

Yesterday, PH’s presidential council said it will strengthen itself as a political bloc under the leadership of Anwar.

It added that preparations for the 15th general election, including talks on seats, a manifesto, the leadership line-up, candidates, and a strategy to win the people’s mandate, is underway.

In a statement, the Opposition coalition said it will continue to support PKR president Anwar who is its chairman to lead these preparations.

PH nominated Anwar as its prime minister candidate following Muhyiddin’s resignation on August 16, before Umno’s Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob was appointed to office on August 21.

PH was in power for 22 months before its administration fell, following Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia’s exit from the coalition to form the Perikatan Nasional government together with Umno and others.

The next general election must be held not later than 2023.