It came as no surprise to me that DAP and PKR were squabbling again about seats for the Machap by-election. This is only a by-election. Can you imagine what will happen when the general elections eventually dawn on us?
It seems to all and sundry that the Opposition has not and will not get its act together. Because now is a good time. With so much credibility problems in the present BN government, you’d think that the Opposition would be consolidating their forces, polishing their shields and planning war strategies together. But no, whenever there is the slightest opportunity, they fall back into the same pattern of hitting each other below the belt, trading accusations while newspapers have a field day spinning the worst tales, while having back-door negotiations which don’t benefit either side.
But then again, wait … perhaps this is merely a strategy. Be prepared for antics from both sides, as even bad publicity is good publicity. Not wanting to lose face to the Chinese voters, both sides must show that they are doing their job, fighting for the constituency, fighting to represent them, don’t you see how much they care? Even if eventually they lose to MCA, at least they have tried their best, if only at the seats negotiation level.
At this point, PKR has given way to DAP in Machap. This too is not surprising. I don’t blame DAP at all, because in any negotiations, each party will fight till its last breath to get what it wants. This is not to say that PKR doesn’t fight tooth and nail to contest. However, circumtances being what it is, PKR often goes into negotiations with DAP only to give way. Either the negotiators are poor or there are no barganining points. But it seems to be the pattern since time immemorial, and I suspect, will happen again come this general elections.
Unless PKR puts its foot down. Unless both parties conduct a referendum to ask the constituencies which party they want. For its not what the party wants, but the rakyat. But do you think this will ever happen in good ol’ Malaysia?
Yet, if PKR doesn’t give way, there would definitely be three-corner fights and this would spell disaster, yet again for the Opposition. So, PKR, being the sacrificial lamb as it is, as long as DAP exists, will hardly get to contest in Chinese pre-dominant and mixed areas, nor the seats that it wants to. Coz big brother DAP would be the first to grab it for themselves.
How long will this go on? PKR is doing its best to prove that it is a multi-racial party by wanting to contest in mix and pre-dominantly Chinese are. I think big brother DAP should respect that. But in politics, who respects the other right? If they do, I guess they would be in social services and not politics.
Anyway, I was hoping that with Lim Guan Eng at the helm of the party leadership, things would change. Malaysians want to see a multi-racial Malaysia, and some sacrificies have to be made. The time is different now, unlike the 60s, the 70s or even the 80s. The Malays and non-Malays are more confident now, and not many want to hear about one-sided racial politics anymore. We want a Malaysia where everyone can enjoy similar status, though the rights of the needy and vulnerable, must still be a priority.
PKR and DAP have the chance to change the political landscape and give Malaysians what we have been hoping for thus far, if only it can put aside personality differences, not even political differences, because both parties’ ideologies are in synchrony.