Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) has proposed that an opposition coalition be formalised to enable its members to contest in elections under a common logo, similar to BN.

Bersatu chairperson Dr Mahathir Mohamad said that whether PAS decided to join the coalition or not, opposition parties should also have a common manifesto and a name that would reflect unity amongst the new coalition’s component parties.

“We are of the view that whether PAS joins (the coalition) or not, our entry with the other opposition parties should be done formally, and we will negotiate issues related to elections, seat distribution, and so on,” he told a press conference in Putrajaya today.

He said the decision to propose the formalisation was made at the party’s supreme council meeting this morning.

Presently, Bersatu is in an electoral pact with Pakatan Harapan, an existing coalition comprising PKR, Parti Amanah Negara and DAP.

The pact requires Bersatu and Haparan to iron out seat allocations to ensure that they do not clash during the next general election and the two entities would form the federal government together if they win enough seats.

Mahathir also told the press conference today that Bersatu and PAS will meet on Feb 2 to negotiate what Bersatu deputy president Mukhriz Mahathir said would be a similar pact.

Pakatan Harapan and its predecessor Pakatan Rakyat had previously lobbied the Registrar of Societies (RoS) to be registered as a formal political coalition as well, but to no avail.
If approved, Pakatan Harapan would be able to contest in elections using the coalition’s logo like BN component parties do with the BN logo, instead of using the logo of their respective parties.

Asked about possible hurdles from the RoS, Bersatu president Muhyiddin Yassin said the important thing now is that the decision had been made.

“Today we have made the decision, so we will pursue that decision to have a more formal cooperation.”

He added that the new coalition should have the same logo, same manifesto, common principles, and perhaps even a new name to appear as a firm coalition rather than merely a collection of political parties cooperating with each other.

– M’kini