GEORGE TOWN: The central Pakatan Harapan leadership council should become a platform for important issues so that members and supporters are not confused by any individual statements, said Chow Kon Yeow.
The Penang Chief Minister was responding to Pakatan leaders who had urged Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to step down as the Opposition leader and take a back seat following Pakatan’s results in the recent Melaka state election.
“The central Pakatan leadership council should be a better platform to discuss such issues so that members and supporters are not confused by any individual statements and not separated from their proximity to the coming political challenges in the Sarawak state elections and General Elections next year.
Meanwhile, Chow said the state Pakatan was ready to face the upcoming General Elections as a strong team to get the mandate and support from the people.
“The unity among the parties in the coalition is not affected by any issues both at the national and state levels,” said Chow
“Sometimes, issues at the grassroots level will affect the relationship but as long as we focus on issues that cause each party to have its own views, it is seen as a healthy process which can be justified,” he added.
Chow then said that urgent issues should be brought to the central leadership meeting.
“We understand that there are problems at the grassroots level, they are raised by individuals or grassroots leaders who do not necessarily reflect the position of leadership at the state level or national level,” he said.
In the Melaka polls on Nov 20, PKR lost all seats it contested while DAP won four and Amanah got one.
Pakatan as a whole only managed to win five seats compared to the 15 it won in the 14th General Election in 2018.
In the Melaka polls, Barisan Nasional recorded a landslide victory after winning 21 of the 28 seats.
Perikatan Nasional won two seats, namely Sungai Udang and Bemban.