DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang has indicated that a new opposition coalition will be ready once Gerakan Harapan Baru formally becomes a new political party in a few weeks time.
"When a new political party emerges from Gerakan Harapan Baru (GHB) in a few weeks time, a new Pakatan Rakyat - whether Pakatan Baru, Pakatan 2.0 or whatever name - will be ready to carry the torch for a ‘Malaysia Baru’," he said in a statement today.
GHB was formed by a group of PAS progressive leaders as a prelude to a new political party, after being ousted from the party's leadership by the conservative faction that favours a more hardline stance against Pakatan partners.
Last month the new conservative PAS leadership severed ties with DAP citing the latter's relentless attacks against the party over issues such as hudud law, formally sealing the demise of Pakatan Rakyat.
"It is a shame that Pakatan Rakyat [...] is dead and no more because one of its component parties has lost its political plot - not only failing to be nationally inclusive, unable to unite Malays and Muslims let alone unite non-Malays and non-Muslims, it is also unable to unite all its leaders, members and supporters," he said.
However, Lim, who is Gelang Patah MP, said this will change with GHB forming a new political party.
"This will be another milestone in the political history of Malaysia, for the formation of a new inclusive and open-minded Islamist political party will mark the culmination in the realignment of political forces in the country and the advent of a new political coalition to replace Pakatan Rakyat," he said.
Lim added that that he had been informed by GHB chairperson Mohamad Sabu that the new political party will be ready in a few weeks.