PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar has admitted that it will be a challenge for Pakatan Harapan to face the next general election, the 14th, under one common symbol.

Among the challenges, the Lembah Pantai MP said, would be to introduce the new logo to voters in time for GE14, which has been widely speculated to be held before the end of this year.

“I agree that it will be much easier for us to campaign in the rural areas if we use the same symbol.

“But we must also remember that, with a new symbol, the challenge is also to introduce it to the voters,” she told some 700 people who attended PKR Lembah Pantai’s fund raising dinner held at the Thean Hou Temple in Kuala Lumpur last night.

She also pointed out that the former Pakatan Rakyat coalition had previously attempted to register a common logo but their application was rejected by the Registrar of Societies.

Nurul Izzah said this in response to Bersatu chairperson Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s insistence that contesting under one logo and objective have been the secret of Barisan Nasional’s election successes.

For the first time, the two appeared on the same stage during a panel session to discuss Pakatan Harapan’s cooperation with Bersatu, ahead of GE14.

Speaking to the gathering earlier, Mahathir cited his more than half-a-decade of experiences with the Perikatan coalition, which later became BN, adding that he had always led the ruling coalition to victory.

“Maybe this was the result of fraud.

“But fraud or otherwise, the fact remains that BN would always win and win big,” he said.

Mahathir attributed BN’s success to its common objective, which allows component parties to share its support base, for example when fielding non-Malay candidates in Malay-majority seats.
On Bersatu’s cooperation with Pakatan Harapan, Mahathir told the crowd that he had envisioned for the cooperation to evolve into a solid coalition like the BN.

“The opposition coalition must learn to help each other. Not only to think of the party but to think of the coalition.

“It is the coalition that must win. Don’t think about the party anymore,” he said in urging all parties and supporters to remember that the one objective should be to topple BN and Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.

Among Harapan leaders present during the dinner were PKR vice-president Tian Chua, its secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution Ismail, Amanah Kelantan’s adviser Husam Musa and DAP’s Selangor state assembly speaker Hannah Yeoh.

– M’kini