In what way is Pakatan Harapan different from Pakatan Rakyat?


Salleh Said Keruak

One very interesting point to note in the ongoing public debate between DAP and PKR regarding the removal of two PKR representatives from Penang state government-owned GLCs is that the party decides what happens.

But that is not the most interesting part yet. It gets even more interesting when Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng says that DAP decides what happens as far as Penang is concerned and the other members of Pakatan Harapan have to comply.

Not too long ago, PKR’s Rafizi Ramli announced that Pakatan Harapan would no longer operate on an agree-to-disagree basis. This was basically because Pakatan Rakyat, which operated on that basis, found it difficult to agree to disagree on various matters and that caused the break-up of the coalition.

So, to avoid Pakatan Harapan suffering the same fate as Pakatan Rakyat, Pakatan Harapan would operate on a consensus basis, said Rafizi. However, when it comes to Penang, DAP does not operate on consensus but based on what DAP wants.

Basically, Lim Guan Eng now says that DAP decides what happens in Penang and PKR would have to abide to DAP’s decision. Lim Guan Eng reminds Selangor Menteri Besar Azmin Ali that this was exactly what happened with PKR’s decision to remove Khalid Ibrahim as Menteri Besar.