KUALA LUMPUR, March 20 — Pakatan Harapan can create a new common logo but it remains to be seen if the federal Opposition’s four component parties will use it in the next general elections, Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong said today.
The deputy president of MCA, the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition’s Chinese component, expressed scepticism that its political nemesis DAP would willingly give up its “rocket” symbol that voters have come to identify with the secular party.
“Will DAP forego its ‘rocket’ and opt for a new logo when contesting in Chinese-majority areas? They should be in a better position to answer this question,” he was by MCA-controlled daily The Star as saying on its website after attending a networking conference for businesses from Hunan province of China and Malaysia.
Wee who is also a minister in the Prime Minister’s Department said Pakatan Harapan often made conflicting statements and had no common stand on issues apart from displacing BN.
He noted that Selangor DAP said it has no more ties with PAS but both parties continued to be part of the state government together with PKR.
“Is Selangor ruled by a Pakatan Rakyat government or a Pakatan Harapan government? What logo would they be using?
“How does this government function when DAP does not work with PAS?” Wee reportedly asked.
DAP, PAS and PKR had formed a political partnership known as Pakatan Rakyat after the landmark Election 2008 that ended after just seven years due to internal disagreements among the leaders.
Subsequently, DAP and PKR teamed up with Amanah, a PAS splinter, to form Pakatan Harapan, and which today accepted an Umno breakaway faction founded called Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia.
“They do not talk about a common stand and cannot be bothered if each has a different political ideology,” Wee was quoted saying as he dismissed the now four-member Opposition pact as a marriage of convenience before the 14th general elections due by mid next year.