Time’s up, Pakatan Rakyat.
You either decide to get married OR go your separate ways.
Malaysians have grown weary of the soap opera which is being played out every week (or is it every other day) by different members of the opposition alliance.
Headlines such as
“DAP pulls out of Kedah state government”,were once accepted as necessary growing pains of a nascent political coalition trying to find its footing post-Election 2008.
“Unity talks (with UMNO) irk PAS partners”
PAS, PKR and DAP Leadership a Big Let-Down to Voters of March 8, 2008 Election
(Malaysians had thought) that in time, Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS), Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) and the Democratic Action Party (DAP) would check their egos at the door and cobble together a COMMON platform for a BETTER Malaysia.
Malaysians also wanted to know if the three political parties could reach common ground on their ideological positions.
- Sadly, instead of working out the details and putting in place the architecture for a stronger, and permanent, Pakatan Rakyat, leaders from PKR, PAS and DAP have been squandering away the goodwill earned 16 months ago with petty politics and gamesmanship.
- Sadly, instead of seizing a historic opportunity to show Malaysians that Pakatan Rakyat has medium- and long-term strategies for a better Malaysia, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Datuk Abdul Hadi Awang and Lim Kit Siang have been more focused on a Band Aid approach.
PAS can always count on conservative Malays, DAP on the Chinese and educated non-Malays and PKR on urban Malays.
(But) this argument is like a slice of Swiss cheese: full of holes (because):
- The bulk of the votes that flowed to the three parties on March 8, 2008 were the result of a rejection of Barisan Nasional and what the ruling coalition stood for.
- It had LITTLE to do with what PKR, PAS and DAP had to offer the electorate INDIVIDUALLY.
That desire is still there: Because many Malaysians know that Umno/Barisan Nasional will NEVER be able to deliver on its promise of making Malaysia a better place.
- Despite improved public relations and moves to liberalise the economy, Umno/BN is still infested with corrupt politicians (young and old) who after having purchased their positions with money expect to recoup “their investments’’ during their political career.
- That is why the Port Klang Free Zone fiasco happened.
- That is why more than RM250 billion oil and gas revenue from Petronas to the government in the last five years have not had much of an impact on the ground.
- That is why “unemployed” Umno/BN politicians are able to wear RM200,000 Patek Phillipe watches, live in mansions and own a fleet of top-of-the-range vehicles.
What PAS, DAP and PKR Have to Do Now to Repair Voters' Confidence
PAS, DAP and PKR must SHOW that they are committed to Pakatan Rakyat.
As a first step, they should have a FORMAL mechanism like a COUNCIL to work out a common platform. This council of Pakatan Rakyat leaders should meet several times a month and provide input on policies as well as state the coalition’s stand on important issues such as places of worship and the New Economic Policy.
The council can also advance and promote a unified Pakatan Rakyat agenda to convince the public of its ability to govern at federal level.
Otherwise Breakup the Coalition
If PKR, DAP and PAS CANNOT agree on a permanent structure like a Pakatan Rakyat council or cannot put together a common platform, then perhaps it is time to end the courtship.(And then) inform Malaysians that you would like to stay friends.
But marriage (between PAS, PKR and DAP) is out of the question.