S Ambiga called for a united Opposition and PKR agreed but DAP Youth sang out of tune.
11 August 2016
PKR agrees on need for united opposition in
PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail today concurred with views that there needs to be a united opposition to face the 14th general election.
Wan Azizah, who is also the opposition leader, said this is more so because the ruling coalition BN has been in power since Malaysia’s independence.
“We see that in Malaysia’s political scene, BN has been in federal power since Independence.
“So any form of change that we want to do, we must be united,” she told a press conference at PKR’s headquarters in Petaling Jaya.
Wan Azizah also said the then Pakatan Rakyat federal opposition had won the popular vote in 2013 as they were united against BN during the 13th general election.
She said this when asked on PKR’s cooperation with the newly registered Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu), chaired by former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad and led by former Umno deputy president Muhyiddin Yassin.
“So we (PKR) welcome the cooperation with Tan Sri Muhyiddin and his new party, and we pray for Tun Mahathir’s health so that we continue to cooperate together,” she said.
‘Racist’ Bersatu doomed to fail, slams DAP Youth
DAP Youth said it will not work with any political party that practises racist policies, such as the newly-formed Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu).
It said the party, which is the brainchild of former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, is doomed to fail in today’s age of progressive politics.
“The racist policies of Bersatu are a product of a bygone political era that should not be in use anymore. Such tactics will be rejected by progressive urban voters.
“And rural voters will not be able to differentiate between Bersatu and Umno and they will not vote for a party formed just to bring down Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak,” DAP Youth political education director Chiong Yoke Kong said in a statement last night.
Chiong condemned Bersatu as continuing the practice of discrimination based on race and skin colour.
He noted that former deputy prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin, Bersatu’s pro-tem president, had made it clear that non-bumiputera can only be associate members and take up appointed posts.
SUNGAI BULOH: A united Opposition front is needed to topple Barisan Nasional in the next general election, National Human Rights Society (Hakam) President Ambiga Sreenevasan reiterated tonight.
Speaking at Anwar Ibrahim’s 69th birthday party outside the Sungai Buloh Prison here today, Ambiga said the Opposition had managed to achieve many things since the Reformasi movement in 1998.
“There has only been progress since the Reformasi movement. Only Anwar Ibrahim could create an Opposition front so strong that in 2013 it won the popular vote.
“People must respond by bringing the change he has fought for so long.”
Ambiga added that in response to Anwar’s struggle, the Opposition needed to remain united.
“I ask you all today, let us make a pledge. The Opposition must be as strong as when Anwar put it together in 2008. This is the kind of Opposition that we want to see.
“We must never give up. We must fight in GE14 to make sure the people’s rights are protected.”