KUALA LUMPUR: “The new leadership line-up (of Pakatan Harapan) puts forth its old leaders but what will be interesting to see is how far can they use their respective personalities to garner support from members and the rakyat.”
This was the opinion given by Universiti Sains Malaysia’s political sociologist Prof Dr Sivamurugan Pandian when asked to comment on the new line-up of the Opposition coalition’s top leadership.
According to Dr Sivamurugan, the biggest challenge faced by the new line-up is to prove how they are unique.
He explained that the new line-up does not include PAS, and instead the Islamist party’s position within the Opposition coalition is taken over by Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Pribumi).
He opined that Pribumi is seen as more capable in strengthening the support between PKR, DAP and Amanah.
Apart from that, the lack of DAP leaders in the top line-up could be due to the party’s current problems with the Registrar of Society (RoS), he said.
“Or it could be that DAP wants some time to see the reaction from members and supporters on the new line-up,” Dr Sivamurugan said when contacted by Malaysia Outlook.
In the line-up that was announced yesterday, jailed former Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has been named as Pakatan Harapan’s de facto leader (Ketua Umum).
Pribumi Chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is named Chairman of the Opposition coalition, followed by PKR President Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as the President.
DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng is one of the coalition’s three deputy presidents. Another DAP leader Chong Chieng Jen is named as one of the four Vice-Presidents, while its National Vice-Chairman M Kulasegaran is appointed as the coalition’s Treasurer.
Meanwhile, Dr Sivamurugan did not discount the possibility that the new leadership structure may change. – MO