Barisan Rakyat neither '3rd force' nor Zaid-backed
The "Barisan Rakyat" initiative which aims to supply "quality candidates" for Pakatan Rakyat has nothing to do with former PKR supreme council member Zaid Ibrahim, according to the movement's coordinator Haris Ibrahim.
"There are a few individuals behind the initiative, but Zaid is not among them," he told Malaysiakini.
There is speculation that Zaid, a former law minister, might form a new political party with some activists, including Haris to act as a 'third force' between BN and Pakatan.
Coincidentally, Haris (left) also posted an article titled 'People, please guide your Barisan Rakyat' in his blog last week - that proposed fielding candidates in the coming general election - that had raised many eyebrows.
Haris, a human rights lawyer-cum-blogger, said he has not been in touch with Zaid for some time.
He, however, is willing to meet Zaid if he shares the same agenda with Barisan Rakyat.
"We are prepared to work with anyone who shares the same ground to replace BN government with Pakatan."