Amanah, DAP to use PH logo in Johor election as sign of unity

This followed PKR’s announcement to use its logo in the Johor state election instead of the PH logo

by FAYYADH JAAFAR / pic by BERNAMA

PARTI Amanah Negara (Amanah) and Democratic Action Party (DAP) will continue to use the Pakatan Harapan (PH) logo for the upcoming Johor snap election and future activities, as a sign of unity among component parties.

This followed PKR’s announcement to use its logo in the Johor state election instead of the PH logo.

In a joint media statement yesterday, Amanah president Mohamad Sabu and DAP secretary general Lim Guan Eng said both parties respect PKR’s decision.

“However, Amanah and DAP will continue to use the PH logo as a sign of unity that reflects our future commitment and aspiration to form a government through a united coalition,” they said.

Both Mohamad and Lim opined that component parties, as well as friendly parties should be together in both good times and bad.

They want all parties of the coalition to unite under a common symbol and adhere to common goals and political agendas, adding that the PH logo should be used to symbolise unity.

“A common logo is crucial to convincing voters that PH is serious about becoming a government and working to move together as a team in elections.

“Voters on the fence will typically give positive support to any coalition they believe can win, as well as be seen working together as a team, despite some differences between them,” they added.

The two leaders also reiterated that their parties will maintain PH’s commitment to meeting the needs of the people in Penang, Selangor and Negri Sembilan.

They also touched upon the historical trend of the ruling government consisting of a coalition of political parties.

“No party has won alone or has the right to rule on its own. That is why Umno has always been with Barisan Nasional (BN) and continues to use the BN logo even though it has been the dominant party in the country for the past few decades,” they said.

After PH’s win in the 2018 General Election, the coalition was finally registered with its own logo, which Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim had used as his campaign symbol during his comeback in the Port Dickson by-election.

The exemption to use this logo was only given to PH’s component parties in Sabah and Sarawak on the basis of the special status and autonomy of the Borneo provinces.

“In this Johor snap election, all opposition parties will face a tough fight against Umno-BN and the Perikatan Nasional (PN).

“By using a common logo, it will be easier for voters to see Amanah, DAP, PKR and UPKO as a PH coalition among the various new and old political parties entering the election arena this time,” Mohamad and Lim said in the statement.

In regards to their coalition’s brief term as the ruling government, which was cut short due to the resignation of then Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, the two leaders said PH had many achievements despite its imperfections.

Among the efforts they were proud of was the success in fighting corruption, as evidenced by the Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index rating.

“The 2019 index ranked Malaysia 51st (53 points), while the same index for 2021 saw Malaysia plunge to 62nd (48 points) under the BN government in collaboration with PN.

“It was an improvement of 15 positions from 2018 when the PH administration took over. This shows that the coalition has made significant progress in tackling corruption and improving transparency in the country,” they said.

The Johor snap election, they added, is important in ensuring that Johoreans have a better future under PH’s leadership as the mandate of the people will decide who leads the state in the next general elections.

“This is the time for Johor voters to return the mandate to PH to ensure the Umno-BN government does not escape its responsibility for failing to manage the Covid-19 pandemic, economic downturn, lockdowns, or movement controls implemented many times that caused financial losses of over RM500 billion.

“There have also been viral infections, repeated political crises and administrative instability, floods that claimed more than 55 lives and losses of RM20 billion, as well as rampant corruption scandals and a lack of accountability,” they said.

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