Fri, 27 Apr 2012 08:40:39 GMT | By Jerome Martin

Key Parties: Pakatan Rakyat

Nobody saw the political tsunami of 2008 which swept the opposition parties PKR, DAP and PAS to power in five states. Now united in the Pakatan Rakyat coalition, can the incongruous ideologies of each of these contrasting parties find compromise in the pursuit of federal governance?


Pakatan Rakyat leaders (© REUTERS)

The electoral pact made record gains in the 2008 elections and, as much for political convenience as anything else, soon coalesced into a proper coalition as was required to deny the Barisan Natioan coalition government in four states. DAP and PAS had previously been unsuccessful in efforts to form a coalition due to disparate ideals, but opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's reformist PKR, formed after he was sacked as Deputy Prime Minister in 1998, is seen as the facilitator for common policy platforms between the secular DAP and Islamic PAS.

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Apr 3, 2013 7:58PM
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Sincerely I believe that it is not the party that make the difference, but the credibility of their leaders. If BN was honest and clean as they were during the initial stages, then there would be no reason for a CHANGE!!!

 

If you view the other tab on BN and view the list of leadership, you will clearly notice the conversion from GOOD to EVIL.

It’s time for a CHANGE!!! Get the opposition on board and give them a chance to prove what they can do.

 

I am confident that the opposition can make a change for the better!!!

Apr 3, 2013 10:27PM
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Whoever rules Malaysia, it doesn't matter. What matters is, a clean system needs to be established and changes should be done to remove weeds from the 55 year old tree. 

Apr 3, 2013 9:52PM
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I sincerely believe each political party has its own agenda. Each fights for its own ideals. As Malaysia is a multiracial & multireligious & multicultural society it would not be feasible for any one party to lead and be accepted by the majority. Hence the Perikatan of UMNO, MCA & MIC in 1955 was formed representing the 3 major races & came to power in Malaya. Upon independence in 1957 and the forming of Malaysia in 1963 with the inclusion of Sabah & Sarawak (+Singapore until 1965), the Bidayuh, the Dayaks, the Kadazan Dusun Murut, Bajau, Suluks etc etc the landscape changed hence the inclusion of many other regional parties to form the Barisan Nasional in the spirit of cooperation & supportation to administer the country to where it is now (which we should be grateful). For the last 56 years the continuous development & achievement of this peaceful nation is the manifestation of the coalition good governance. Yes there are weaknesses, there are corrupt leaders, there are mismanagement but changing the government may not be the best solution. A new government may take many years to strive with trial and errors. Many young leaders may lack the experience to govern a fast developing country.  The PR pact of DAP, PKR & PAS may sleep in the same bed but with different dreams. With due respect to either BN or PR, the voters should not vote for any calon BN if they know and think that those BN representatives are not the type to be their wakil rakyat. At the same time they should also not vote for any calon PR that do not meet the peoples' expectation. It's not  a game of try your luck but the voters must study their calon & vote only the best among the best from both BN & PR. A combination of well respected & responsible leaders from from sides may take Malaysia to a greater height. Selamat Mengundi.  
Apr 9, 2013 7:11AM
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Who rules Malaysia matters. It's either BN or PR so to speak. In a democracy a single vote majority wins. Either BN or PR the citizens of Malaysia will decide and each voter will therefore determine their beloved nation's fate & destiny, for good or for worst. Forget the hardcore from either side, they will stick their minds and it's a waste of time to entice them. The turning point would be on the fence sitters, the wait & see and last minute group. These are the influential voters who need to be enlightened & informed of the merits of both BN & PR. Each to its own. Both BN coalition & PR pact has the pro & con factor. Putting both into the right perspective (without prejudice), we then give weightage to each & based on the scoresheet will assist us in making a fair conscience voting decision. This will also prevent us from making insinuations, wild allegations, mudslinging, cursing, badmouthing,  linen washing in public. With all humility the best political party wins. There is actually no loser just a break for another 5 years (or another 55 years)!.
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