Malaysia's Pakatan Harapan opposition alliance welcomes Mahathir's party into its fold

The opposition alliance Pakatan Harapan has officially accepted Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia, which is helmed by former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad, as its fourth member.
The opposition alliance Pakatan Harapan has officially accepted Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia, which is helmed by former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad, as its fourth member.PHOTO: ST FILE

KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Malaysia's Pakatan Harapan (PH) opposition alliance has officially accepted former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad's Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) as its fourth member.

The decision was unanimously made at a meeting of the alliance's presidential council on Monday (March 20).

PPBM - which is helmed by Tun Dr Mahathir - will now be registered as a member of the opposition pact.

"The Pakatan Harapan secretariat will issue a letter to Pribumi informing them of our decision," said the council in a statement jointly signed by Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) president Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, Democratic Action Party (DAP) secretary-general Lim Guan Eng and Parti Amanah Negara president Mohamad Sabu. 

PKR, DAP, and Amanah are all members of PH. Amanah is formed by ex-leaders of opposition Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS), now an ally of the ruling Umno party.

"The meeting today also agreed to organise an immediate discussion among all four parties to form a joint manifesto and also create a new logo," the council added.

Dr Mahathir, who is PPBM chairman, announced last week that the party would join the opposition in a formal pact.

The PH is unlikely to include PAS. The Islamist party has said it will not work with PPBM because of PPBM's ties to DAP and its splinter party Amanah - two other parties that it does not want to be aligned with.