Malaysian opposition Pakatan Harapan to use unified logo in polls in Melaka, Southeast Asia News and Top Stories

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KUALA LUMPUR – The Malaysian opposition front Pakatan Harapan (PH) has decided to use its unified logo for the Melaka State elections next month.

“The decision is to use the Harapan logo,” PH chief Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim announced Friday (October 29th), ending weeks of uncertainty on the issue.

Mr. Anwar’s Keadilan Rakyat Party (PKR), the Chinese-dominated Democratic Action Party (DAP), the Amanah Negara Party and the Sabah-based United Kinabalu Organization (Upko) make up the PH.

When PH – minus Upko – won a historic victory in the 2018 general election, it used the PKR logo because it had not yet been officially registered as a coalition.

Subsequently, he used the unified logo in several by-elections after 2018 with mixed results.

The logo has not been electorally tested since Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad resigned as Prime Minister in February 2020 after the party he led, the Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) Party, defected en masse from the PH block. Defections and others from the PKR ultimately led to the collapse of the PH government.

Mr Anwar also announced on Friday that PH had finalized the distribution of seats for the Melaka elections on November 20.

The PKR will contest 11 seats, Amanah nine and the DAP the remaining eight seats to be won in the legislative elections.

Nomination day is just over a week away and Melaka’s polls are expected to present an overcrowded field of candidates with the parties that make up the current federal government, potentially in conflict with each other as well as with PH.

The Bersatu-led Perikatan Nasional (PN) coalition could take on the Umno-led Barisan Nasional coalition after Umno President Ahmad Zahid Hamidi reiterated that it would not work with Bersatu in the elections.

PN chief Muhyiddin Yassin pledged to move forward with his plans to challenge the 28 state seats without waiting for Umno’s cooperation.

But Umno’s general secretary Ahmad Maslan said on Thursday he would continue to work with the Islamist party Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS), which is part of Muhyiddin’s PN.

PAS and Umno have their own political cooperation pact called Muafakat Nasional (MN), although it has never been formalized as a coalition.

Bersatu and Umno have been part of the federal government since March 2020, although their relationship is far from cordial as the PAS tries to maintain harmony between them. Bersatu is a splinter group from Umno.

All three are Malaysian-Muslim parties that have been at the center of political tensions in Melaka since the 2018 elections.

PH – which then counted Bersatu among its members – narrowly won the state in the 2018 ballot, winning 15 of the state’s 28 seats. But shortly after the PH government collapsed in Kuala Lumpur in 2020, four members of the assembly defected from the coalition, leading the then-Umno-led opposition to seize power in the state.

The Umno-led administration lasted 19 months, falling again due to the defections of four Assembly members – including two from Umno – in early October. The four rebels attempted to form a new government with the remaining PH representatives in the state, but Chief Minister Sulaiman Md Ali advised Melaka Governor Ali Rustam to dissolve the state assembly at the time. place, paving the way for the country’s first state elections in over a year. .

The campaign for a state election in Sabah last year sparked a wave of Covid-19 in the country that has only weakened recently.


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