Common Pakatan symbol easy for parties, tough on voters, says PKR veep

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Nurul conceded that it would be a 'challenge' to introduce a common logo to voters with months to go before polling. — Picture by Saw Siow FengKUALA LUMPUR, Feb 15 — Pakatan Harapan parties would have a much easier time campaigning against Barisan Nasional (BN) under one common symbol in the next general elections, Nurul Izzah Anwar said.

But the PKR vice-president also conceded that it would be a “challenge” to introduce it to voters with months to go before polling, which must be held by August next year.

“I agree that it will be much easier for us to campaign in the rural areas if we use the same symbol.

“But we must also remember that, with a new symbol, the challenge is also to introduce it to the voters,” the Lembah Pantai MP was quoted by news portal Malaysiakini telling some 700 people at a fundraising dinner held at the Thean Hou Chinese temple here last night.

According to the report, she was responding to a call by former Barisan Nasional (BN) leader-turned-Opposition politician Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad for the allied parties to take a leaf from the ruling coalition’s playbook by using a common symbol.

The BN coalition of 13 parties each have their own logo, but compete under the common symbol of a pair of scales in elections.

Underscoring the challenge was the Registrar of Societies’ rejection of a common logo submitted by the previous Opposition pact when it was known as Pakatan Rakyat, Nurul Izzah reportedly said.

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