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Pakatan Harapan and Bersatu need to step up efforts to first chart out their common policy framework which will form the basis of the coalition for the next elections and thereafter

The call for the the opposition to put their coalition first and to work with a common logo are both well and good.

Nevertheless it is my considered view that Pakatan Harapan and Bersatu need to step up efforts to first chart out their common policy framework which will form the basis of the coalition for the next elections and thereafter.

Whether or not all parties can commit to an agreement and remain in a solid working relationship depends on this. So this must be our priority.

People need to be convinced that we are not just here to achieve a one off short term objective but that we are here to stay and that we can offer something better than what they currently already have.

So whilst we speak about threats of a kleptocracy and the immediate need to deal with it, and I agree it must be dealt with urgently, that alone cannot be sufficient to drive the opposition forward.

We must be clear in what it is we want and what direction we will take in the event we succeed in defeating Barisan Nasional and we need to start making our position clear now in the run up to the coming elections.

Without this, a common logo and a coalition would lose its real significance and appeal as people may not be convinced of its viability in the long run.

MP for Puchong
Media statement by Gobind Singh Deo in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday, 16th February 2017