KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 10, 2016:
Coalitions of parties need unanimity in making decisions but not adopting the “agree to disagree” concept could break alliances.
Political analyst Prof Dr Aruna Gopinath said the decision made by Pakatan Harapan did not represent the three voices within the Opposition coalition.
“The coalition needs consensus in decision making and the concept of ‘agree to disagree’. (Otherwise) there will be recurring issues.
“How can they express their disagreement in certain things if this principle is abandoned? Some of them will have to agree with things that they don’t like,” she said when contacted by The Rakyat Post today.
However, fellow political analyst Shamsul Akmar said the decision showed that Pakatan Harapan (PH) was trying to prove to the public that it was united, strong and ready to contest in the next general election.
“The decision that it has agreed upon will make it easier for the coalition in the future because it shares the same ideology and is not contrarian such as when PAS was still part of the alliance.
“PH shows that it has grown into a strong alliance which is able to face the upcoming general election and is ready to take over from the Barisan Nasional (BN) government.”
Meanwhile, another political analyst, Ibrahim Sufian said the three parties should instead prove they could make a change in the states that they govern.
“It is just an agreement made among them but it does not have any impact on the people. Instead, the people want to see how they can solve issues affecting the rakyat, especially the rising cost of living.
“The three parties have their own states which they run, so they have to prove the changes and successes in their own turf instead of just mouthing pretty words.”
Pakatan Harapan on Saturday decided to abandon the “agree to disagree” policy previously adopted by Pakatan Rakyat.