ANN/THE STAR – Pakatan Harapan (Pakatan) will set up a committee to hold negotiations and evaluate the position of the Malaysian United Democratic Alliance (Muda) which intends to join the coalition in the near future.
Pakatan Vice-Chairman Salahuddin Ayub said the negotiations were part of engagement steps with Muda, in addition to clarifying the parameters that should be communicated to parties that intend to join Pakatan.
“Yesterday the chairman (Anwar Ibrahim) made it clear that we will form a committee to engage with Muda.
“There are steps to follow…Pakatan is open, we can accept all applications (to join the coalition), but some steps must be taken first,” he told reporters after attending the Parti Amanah Negara’s (Amanah) women wing Angkatan Wanita Amanah Negara (Awan) convention.
Muda President Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman was previously reported to have said that the party agreed to join Pakatan as one of the component parties in the coalition to face the 15th General Election (GE15) and was open to holding official discussions with the Pakatan presidential council regarding the matter.
In the meantime, Salahuddin said 70 per cent of the 52 seats contested by Bersatu in the 14th General Election (GE14) had been negotiated between the Pakatan coalition parties, and the process was expected to be completed before September 30.