Jailed former opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has welcomed Dr Mahathir Mohamad's announcement that Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia's (Bersatu) intends to join Pakatan Harapan.
"Bersatu's intention to join Harapan should be viewed positively as it will strengthen the opposition in our bid to displace BN as the government in the next national election," Anwar said in a statement today.
He said if Harapan can continue to enjoy the same level of support that it achieved during GE13, all that is needed for it take that final step is just to generate another burst of support.
"I am confident, Allah willing, that this can be achieved, looking at the present economic issues and scandals plaguing the nation, the likes of which have never been seen before," he added.
Anwar explained that these included the yet unresolved 1MDB issue, as well as the issues concerning Felda, Tabung Haji and Mara.
"What must be done now is to expedite negotiations with Bersatu and all others who are in line with strengthening the reform agenda and shared policies," he said.
However, Anwar did not mention Mahathir's statement on the need to change Harapan's name as well as to create a new logo, symbol and manifesto.
Bersatu's announcement was met positively by Harapan leaders, despite the changes suggested.
However, PAS warned that it would cut ties with Bersatu if the party joins Harapan and consorts with its splinter Parti Amanah Rakyat (Amanah) and DAP.
Bersatu has signed an electoral pact with Harapan, though it is still courting PAS, hoping to head off three-cornered fights in the coming 14th general election and to garner Malay votes.- Mkini