No change of name for Pakatan Harapan

Mar 29, 2017

Pakatan Harapan’s name will remain the same at the moment despite calls from Parti Pribumi leaders for a change of name for the opposition coalition.

DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said the name Pakatan Harapan would remain as even Pribumi, the new member of the opposition bloc, and its chairman Mahathir Mohamad had accepted the name.

“The matter will be discussed at the secretariat, whether ‘yes’ or ‘no’ for a (name) change but as of now, it will remain as Pakatan Harapan,” he told reporters in George Town today.

According to Bernama, Guan Eng, also the Penang chief minister, lauded the move by Pakatan Harapan to name its parliamentary opposition leader Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and Mahathir as advisors to the coalition.

He said the appointment was to project a sense of unity image as the two of them would be the main personalities and icons of Pakatan Harapan.

Parti Amanah communications director Khalid Samad had earlier revealed that the Pakatan Harapan presidential council meeting on Monday had decided to form an 18-member pro-tem committee to spearhead the coalition.

Of the 18 members, 16 are equally divided among the four parties while two special advisory positions were given to Wan Azizah and Mahathir.