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After Seri Pacific Move, PH leaders haunted by campaign speeches

Many social media users are poking fun at them for their about-turn in working with Barisan Nasional, although some also defend the decision to cooperate with their long-time foe.

Azzman Abdul Jamal
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PKR's Rafizi Ramli (foreground) all smiles as he joins his party boss Anwar Ibrahim and Amanah's Mohamad Sabu to woo Umno leader Ahmad Zahid Hamidi for his support to form the government at the Seri Pacific Hotel in Kuala Lumpur today.
PKR's Rafizi Ramli (foreground) all smiles as he joins his party boss Anwar Ibrahim and Amanah's Mohamad Sabu to woo Umno leader Ahmad Zahid Hamidi for his support to form the government at the Seri Pacific Hotel in Kuala Lumpur today.

Videos, talks, and campaigns sprinkled with fiery anti-Umno speeches have come back to haunt Pakatan Harapan (PH), with social media users poking fun at the coalition's leaders following news of negotiations between them and Barisan Nasional (BN) amid the race for support to form the next government. 

On Facebook, Twitter and TikTok, users appeared generally uneasy about today's meeting between PH and BN leaders at the Seri Pacific Hotel in Kuala Lumpur. 

Many also shared previous statements such as PKR deputy president Rafizi Ramli's remarks that he would be the first to oppose any alliance between PH chairman Anwar Ibrahim and his Umno counterpart Ahmad Zahid Hamidi. 

"Congratulations PH voters, you've gotten bandits too," user Shalfarina Shahriman said in the comment section of the coalition's Facebook account. 

"Of course, they say this is in the interest of 'the country and the people'," Al Syahid Syazwan added. 

A song titled "Aduh Malaysia" by rapper Altimet has also been going viral as social media users mock PH's willingness to sit at the same table as Zahid, who is facing 47 criminal charges in court. 

Politician Khairy Jamaluddin, meanwhile, who lost the contest for Sungai Buloh to PH candidate R Ramanan, uploaded a video of himself campaigning in the consituency with the caption: "1 vote for KJ = 1 vote for Zahid". 

Nevertheless, many PH supporters also defended the coalition's move to cooperate with BN in order to form the federal government, describing such an alliance as more ideal than cooperation between PH and Perikatan Nasional (PN), or BN and PN.

For their part, a number of PH leaders normally active on social media have been staying mum. 

This morning, pictures of PH leaders including Rafizi, Mohamad Sabu, and Saifuddin Nasution together with Zahid and Ismail Sabri Yaakob were widely shared ahead of Anwar's confirmation of the meeting at a press conference later in the afternoon. 

Anwar and PN chairman Muhyiddin Yassin have been locked in a race for support, with both claiming to have the numbers needed to form the next government.

But there has yet to be any official confirmation of the support for either side. 

A 2pm deadline given by the palace yesterday for MPs to submit statutory declarations on their choice of prime minister candidate was today extended by 24 hours until 2pm tomorrow.