Finally, on 13 July 2017, Pakatan Harapan leaders sat together and came out with a unified voice declaring its new leadership structure, which goes as follows:
De-Facto Leader: Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim
Chairman: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad
President: YB Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail
YB Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin
YAB Lim Guan Eng
Tuan Haji Mohamad Sabu
YAB Dato’ Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali
YB Dato’ Seri Mukhriz Mahathir
YB Chong Chieng Jen
Tuan Haji Salahuddin Ayub
Chief Secretary: Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah
Treasurer: YB M. Kula Segaran
Apparently, the new structure seems to indicate that both DAP and AMANAH would be more or less on the backseat, whereas the bus drivers from now on would be Tun M, Anwar Ibrahim and Wan Azizah, all holding the steering-wheel at one go. At first glance, the structure and the new goals put out by the alliance seems promising and could be described as “exciting”. But if we look deeper, the alliance could face a problem functioning later on…
First of all, Tun M could be the one calling the shots now. But once Anwar Ibrahim is out of prison, he will want to command as well. Apart from this, Tun M will also face disgruntled voices from within the alliance, specifically the DAP leaders whom will be pressured to take a more commanding role.
Secondly, Pakatan Harapan also needs to declare its premier candidate before they can convince the people that their goals are all achievable. I’m not leaning heavily on Barisan Nasional in any case, but with the options we have as of today, BN is still a viable choice. Some quarters are even thinking that the BN are now slowly changing for the better from within, hence supporting the likes of Khairy Jamaluddin or even Hishamuddin for that matter.
In all, based on the latest update, the new Pakatan Harapan organisational chart across the hall has indeed been updated with some new photos. But that is about it. Nothing new, apart from DAP and AMANAH granted less roles in spite of DAP currently holding the most parliamentary seats within the alliance.