Law minister Azalina says more comfortable with Pakatan instead as partner in reform

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Malay Mail
Malay Mail

KUALA LUMPUR, May 9 — Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Law and Institutional Reform) Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said today said that she believes Pakatan Harapan (PH) is a more suitable partner for the reform agenda.

Drawing from her experience working with PH on the anti-party hopping law, she said that there are some shared agendas between her party Umno and the pact which she said has a better understanding of the concept of reform.

"I felt that personally, in my view, as the legal adviser for the party then, when we were communicating and talking about the coalition government, I personally felt that PH would be much better for reform," she said during a roundtable session held by electoral watchdog Bersih titled "Deepening Democracy in Malaysia: Making Coalition Government and Hung Parliament Work."

She did not divulge which party or coalition she was comparing PH to, simply mentioning "you know who lah” in reference to the entity which she described as "more conservative" than her Malay nationalist party Umno.

The coalition government included all parties in Malaysia except PAS, Bersatu, and Gerakan from Perikatan Nasional.

“As an MP for five terms, I felt more comfortable with PH when it comes to reform agenda,” the Pengerang MP said, adding that she had never thought she would be partners with DAP and PKR.

She also acknowledged that the public has high expectations for the coalition government to fulfil its promises of reforms and change, and hoped the current political alliance would last so that Malaysians would not be disappointed.