SHAH ALAM, Jan 9, 2016:

Pakatan Harapan (PH) today has decided to no longer use the principle of “agreeing to disagree” which was previously implemented in Pakatan Rakyat.

PKR secretary-general Rafizi Ramli said the first clause, used since 1999, was that any decision by the presidential council was based on a consensus of all three parties and was binding.

He said it was the best solution to the major and recurring question of why “agreeing to disagree” would not be part of PH.

“Therefore, any violations of joint decisions that have been agreed upon are considered as violations of this agreement.

“PH has to acknowledge that all three parties are founded on different struggles and are free to adopt their own policies and political decisions as long as they do not violate agreements and joint decisions that we signed today or presidential council decisions in the future.”

He said this while presenting Clause 1 regarding joint decisions at the Pakatan Harapan Leadership Conference today.

At the same time, DAP national organising secretary Anthony Loke Siew Fook said PH would continue to defend the Federal Constitution, in particular Article 3 and 153 which referred to religion and special rights, respectively.

“The constitutional role and responsibilities of the Royal institution will continue to be defended as will the upholding of Bahasa Malaysia.

“The position of Sabah and Sarawak will also be acknowledged and recognised in line with the Federal Constitution and the spirit of the Malaysia Agreement 1963,” said Loke.

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