Pakatan parties to sign ‘binding’ coalition pact

amanah-Wan-azizahKUALA LUMPUR: Pakatan Harapan will hold its inaugural leadership conference in Shah Alam this Saturday, where the three parties in the coalition will sign an agreement in a bid to bind themselves in a stronger and more sustainable union, according to a press statement issued here today.

The statement said the “Coalition Agreement” would consist of chapters dealing with decision-making, building a political union, the resolution of disputes, developing a common policy framework, seat negotiations, running Pakatan Harapan’s governments and opposition blocs, and determining the legitimacy of the coalition in the event the agreement is breached.

Speaking at a press conference on the matter, PKR President Wan Azizah Ismail said that although Pakatan Harapan’s framework on major policies were well known – either by way of policy positions in previous documents or the administration of Selangor and Penang governments – the coalition felt that the new agreement was necessary to show clear intentions in binding the three parties.

“This clarity of intention shall form the foundation of principles that govern our agreement on common policies,” she said. “This is the least that is expected by the rakyat of us, that Pakatan Harapan presents itself in the most transparent and honest manner to the rakyat.”

The press statement said negotiations on the agreement began in mid-October, after the launch of Pakatan Harapan.

“The decision to formalise the coalition through the Coalition Agreement stems from our desire to offer the rakyat a stronger and sustainable coalition that can do justice to the strong support for change given by the rakyat,” it said.

The statement was signed by Wan Azizah, DAP Parliamentary Leader Lim Kit Siang and Amanah President Mohamad Sabu.

A question was posed during the press conference on the position of PAS in the agreement since it is in cooperation with Pakatan in Selangor. In reply, Amanah communications chief Khalid Samad said the agreement between the three parties of the coalition did not mean that co-operation with other parties or NGOs would cease.