Thursday, February 28, 2008

General Election 2008 - Malaysia's Opposition Front

The opposition front in Malaysia comprises primarily of DAP, PAS (Parti Islam Se-Malaysia) and PKR, with the former one primarily based on Chinese and the later two on fundamentalist Muslims and Malays respectively.

This is where the crux of the front lies. The fundamentalist teachings which form the basis of PAS are sensitive to Chinese. As such, DAP has to draw a clear line and play safe with the party for fear of agitating the Chinese groups. As the saying goes, once bitten, twice shy! The painful lesson in the past has turned DAP a lot wiser, knowing how to stay away from PAS's shadow!

In this respect, the front is in a most awkward position. It is quite loosely bound with contradictory interests to pursue.

What is more, PKR has weak bases in Malay areas. There is this deep shadow casting over my mind about the degree of influence that PKR has in Malays. Is the party able to garner strong support to wrest sufficient seats from UMNO so as to mount an effective challenge to BN? I am quite pessimistic!

Dato' Seri Anwar is still flamboyant, but he a politician in the bygone days. No doubt, Dato' Seri is still very charismatic, but, alas, his popularity is just much less now.

With due respect to Dato' Seri Anwar and Mr. Lim Kit Siang, I beg to point out that I am much less hopeful about the front's ability to pose a challenge to BN.


Anonymous said...

You know what ? It will do justice to Anwar if he is back in the Parliament. Those 6 years behind bars has been truely unfair to him. He does not have to do much. Just an interaction with his former BN party members will be truely interesting. If there is only him and the BN, he will be very much supported. It is not that BN has no faults. But it is wrong to pick on him alone.

Anonymous said...

If you regain power one day, those cats and dogs will kneel in front of you. Now, all his former BN friends have to hide behind him. We never know about politics and it is all about power and money, and the dirty game.

Tony Hii said...

Anonymous, the Parliament would be even livelier with Dato' Seri Anwar there. Lim Kit Siang has been renowned to give electrifying shocks to the Parliamentary sittings. Dato' Seri might add to that.