Pakatan Harapan seeks political shift to strengthen coalition

A new political shift and focus to unite the Opposition will prep the bloc to contend in the upcoming election as one, say PH leaders


PAKATAN Harapan (PH) has largely admitted its failure in the Budget 2021 vote and now is looking to “political shift” to put on a united front against the government MPs who appear to have bested them, politically.

Parti Amanah Negara president Mohamad Sabu and DAP secretary general Lim Guan Eng said in a joint statement that PH needs to face the reality and channel time and resources to get friends and allies in the Opposition side in the fight for democracy, good governance, anti-bribery, economic development and social justice.

They said there was a clear failure with the approval of the budget, which saw 111 as opposed to 108 votes in favour of the Supply Bill (Budget) 2021 at its third reading, with one MP Tengku Tan Sri Razaleigh Hamzah absent.

The two leaders said the passage of Budget 2021 at its final voting is seen as a vote of confidence for Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s Perikatan Nasional government.

“PH must face this reality. There needs to be a political shift that focuses on uniting our friends among the Opposition MPs that stood with us on Tuesday. PH should not waste time with opportunistic government MPs who only use PH for their interests to gain more lucrative offers from the PN government,” the two Opposition leaders said in a statement yesterday.

They said none of the government MPs voted against the Supply Bill 2021, including those who supposedly support Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

Moving forward, they said PH shall concentrate resources and focus on 108 Opposition MPs to become stronger, that is PH Plus, expanding it from 92 PH MPs.

“Budget vote on Tuesday taught us not to waste energy chasing shadows of more than 111 MPs merely based on 92 MPs from PH. It will be stronger with 108 PH Plus MPs!” they added.

Mohamad and Lim said a new political shift and focus to unite the Opposition will prep the bloc to contend in the upcoming election as one.

They said PH leaders must put aside the burden of the past, so that PH can develop into PH Plus with 108 MPs’ strength.

The government will spend RM322.5 billion next year as it seeks to revive the economic activities following the downturn caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The supply bill is RM45 million short compared to the amount proposed at its first reading after the lawmakers approved to slash RM45 million from the Special Affairs Department’s allocation.

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