New line-up shows Pakatan still reliant on old 'brand names', say analysts


Bede Hong

Pakatan Harapan leaders during a press conference after the presidential council meeting at PKR's headquarters in Petaling Jaya yesterday. Analysts have concerns over the lack of new faces in the opposition's coalition's leadership. – The Malaysian Insight pic by Najjua Zulkefli, July 15, 2017.

WITH veteran faces featured prominently in the Pakatan Harapan’s leadership line-up, the opposition appears unable to move beyond familiar political brand names that are Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Anwar Ibrahim, say analysts. 

In yesterday’s announcement, the top three posts – that of de facto leader, chairman and president – were held by Anwar, Dr Mahathir and Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail respectively.


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