Ketuanan Rakyat cracking up: Strange bedfellows backstabbing each other

The Ketuanan Rakyat’s realistically ‘marriage of inconvenience’ is really cracking up. The Pakatan Rakyat (PR) new found strength as a ‘united front’, from an ‘unplanned’ victory of the 8 March 2008 12th General Elections, has deteriorated and now crumbling down.

Bernama has the latest from the DAP Chairman, Karpal Singh:

June 10, 2009 21:14 PM

Karpal Urges PAS To Reassess Its Position In Pact

KUALA LUMPUR, June 10 (Bernama) — DAP National Chairman Karpal Singh has asked PAS to reassess its position in the Opposition Pact following its intention to initiate unity talks with Umno.

Indicating the party has limits to its patience, Karpal Singh said, PAS should not push its agenda which adversely affected the pact.

“PAS embarking upon unity talks with Umno is a serious disservice to the sincerity expected of PAS as a component of the Opposition Pact,” he said in a statement, here Wednesday.

Karpal Singh said PAS should realise that it was not the dominant party in the pact as it had only 24 seats in Parliament compared to the 28 held by the DAP and 31 by Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR).

He said, PAS should not outreach itself by making statements, particularly through its president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang to initiate unity talks with Umno.

Karpal Singh also refuted Hadi’s statement that the DAP had agreed to unity talks with Umno as the latter had publicly stated.

“Hadi has chosen to mislead not only PAS members and leaders, but also the rakyat. Publicly committing deception on the people does not gain Hadi any brownie points,” he said.

On the open attack by PAS on Sisters-In-Islam (SIS), Karpal said, the action did not endear it to those who supported it in the March general election, neither did PAS’ insistence that female journalists covering its 55th Muktamar recently to be ‘properly’ dressed.

However the insistence by PAS leaders that Malaysia would be turned into an Islamic state if it came to power, was a flagrant and outrageous affront to the Federal Constitution which specifically proclaims Malaysia to be a secular state, with Islam as the official religion, said Karpal Singh.



The signs of the ‘hull cracking, flooding and eventually ship is sinking was apparent since the Perak Pakatan Rakyat political sideshow-circus-stunt, staged by DAP puppet MB Dato’ Seri Nizar Jamaluddin and choreographed by none other than former abuse-of-power convict Anwar “Drama King” Ibrahim. As the DAP Chairman, Karpal already spoken against Anwar “Drama King” Ibrahim, who is the defacto leader of the Oppositions.

The truth is that, the Oppositions never got it right. And probably the would not ever. It started when UMNO dissenters Semangat 46 teamed up with PAS to form Angkatan Perpaduan Ummah (APU), just before the 8th General Elections 1990. Then along with DAP and recently defected Sabah based PBS, they formed a loose co-operation Gagasan Rakyat.

Then it evolved into Barisan Alternatif. Post 8 March 2008 12 GE, it was Pakatan Rakyat. Conveniently, party-less defacto leader of the Oppositions Brother Anwar Bin Ibrahim announced the ‘Ketuanan Rakyat’ concept on 14 April 2008 rally in Sultan Sulaiman Club padang and later vowed PR will take over the reign of Federal Government power by 16 September 2008. Despite very adamant 31 BN MPs will cross over and give the ‘loose co-operation’ much needed power base to take over the Dewan Rakyat and turn the administration over, only Sabah based SAPP left the BN.

For DAP Chairman Karpal to issue a statement like that, it shows how PR leaders conveniently ‘forgotten’ their own path of success. Maybe PAS is not the leading partner in the strange-bedfellows partnership of PR today. However, PAS gained so much support from the rakyat that after the 10 GE in November 1999, Dato’ Hj Hadi Awang was actually the Opposition Leader in Dewan Rakyat. Much of PR’s success on the 8 March 2008 12 GE was because of PAS’s success to promote the Malays, especially in the hinterland, to vote for PR canidates.

In states like Perak, Penang and Selangor, it was PAS’s ability to get the majority Malays to trounce BN, which made PR candidates won in previously non-Malay BN safe areas. Traditionally, DAP were unable to unseat BN candidates in these areas because of the Malay majority strength all out for BN. PAS managed to turn that table around in the 12 GE. As a result of that, PKR benefitted immensely and that is the real reason why Wan Azizah, then Anwar “Technically-acquitted-sodomite” Ibrahim is the Opposition Leader and not someone from DAP. Having a Malay Opposition leader actually fortify PR’s position towards the next GE as the Malays are still the mainstay of votes everytime an election looms.

Now that DAP is comfortable managing the second richest state in the nation and PAS already entrenched in two Malay hinterlands, for all intend and purpose, the PR could already dis-exist. At least, not until the next GE. Each parties now already got more than what they planned. For PAS to trump their chest wanting more is antagonising the ‘relationship’ that was based on distrusts, right from the start. Even amongst the leaders themselves, there exists backstabbing elements based on distrust.

PR can never work and the partners get their act together. The reason is pure and simple: each party has different idealism and agenda and all these agendas contradict each other, in principle, aspiration and above all, practice. It is like sleeping on the same pillow, having different dreams and to make it worse, a serious distrust amongst the strange bedfellows. The recently concluded PAS annual general assembly and consequence is a clear illustration of these distrusts amongst strange bedfellows.

Bad enough these people cannot work together because of different aspirations, policies, agendas and way of doing things. Despite having control of 5 + 1 states, the rakyat seen very little progress on the promises PR made pre-8 March 2008. What is most baffling, Anwar “Drama King” Ibrahim ambitiously announced his plan to take over the Federal Government, slightly over a month after the unprecendented Opposition win on the 12 GE.

Unlike Perikatan, then Barisan Nasional, association within PR is not about serving the rakyat and managing the country. All PR leaders are interested is gaining power, in what ever fashion they could get and hold on to it. PR is all about wanting to push their separate agenda through and hold as long as they can, hoping that it will buy enough time and space to gain a little more the next time around. That is the clear reason why within the first 12 months of forming Government in five states, they co-operation is cracking up. Perikatan never had this problem when they started of, over 50 years ago. BN only saw these ‘disintegeration’, only in the complications of Sabah and Sarawak politics in the 80s and 90s.

Its time to wake up and smell the roses and real brewed coffee. PR could prep the rakyat for much longed idealism. In reality, they simply cannot deliver, because of all the emotionally induced wrong reasons why the rakyat untrusted them with the mandate in the first place. Lamer excuses after already lame exucses and diversions, Anwar “Liar, Liar” Ibrahim and PR have yet to deliver their promises and the rakyat, who gave these opportunists the mandate should realistically really re-consider their stance. Malaysia’s resources gravely needed to be galvanised in these trying times and to play politics on the PR’s tempo and ever changing ‘goal posts’, is something the rakyat and this tanahair could ever afford.

Its time for a change. Its time for Berani Berubah!

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