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.