Registration of Pakatan Harapan will take a long time

 |Mar 23, 2017
Azizi Safar says even if Pakatan Harapan were to be registered, the parties would not agree on a common election logo.

A political observer today said the opposition bloc would take a long time to finalise the registration of Pakatan Harapan due to their political differences and self-interests.

Prominent political commentator Azizi Safar said DAP, for instance, would not want to sacrifice its ‘Chinese’ identity and its ‘Rocket’ logo.

He pointed out this was the main reason behind the opposition parties’ failure to register the previous coalition, Pakatan Rakyat, and dragging their feet to registering the current one, Pakatan Harapan.

“Even if the opposition parties register and join a formal coalition, they may disagree on using a uniform logo.

“They will want to retain their respective separate identities,” said Azizi in a statement to Malaysia Outlook.

Previously, he said the opposition parties blamed the Registrar of Societies (RoS) for their own failure to register Pakatan Rakyat.

The opposition parties claimed that RoS was acting like an agent for Barisan Nasional to delay the registration of Pakatan Rakyat.

But the truth was, said Azizi, the opposition parties could not agree on a uniform logo to be used to identify the coalition and as an election symbol.

“This was the reason why Pakatan Rakyat and Pakatan Harapan were not registered.

“The opposition parties could not fulfil the requirements of RoS.

“Their application to register Pakatan Rakyat is now academic since the DAP had kicked out PAS and declared the coalition was dead.

“They are yet to even submit an application to register Pakatan Harapan until now,” said Azizi, adding that it clearly exposed the insincerity and dishonesty of the opposition parties.

Pribumi, led by Mahathir Mohamad, has formally joined the Pakatan Harapan this week after a consensus was reached among the opposition parties that the coalition should be registered, a standard logo to be used as an election symbol, and fielding only one candidate for one constituency representing the whole coalition.

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Athi Shankar has been a journalist for past 30 years. He believes that democratic rights come with responsibility.