The country’s political scenario now can be considered as ‘unreadable’ or unpredictable as both sides of the political divide – ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) and the opposition pact which has come to the stage of free for all – grapple with their own internal problems.
While BN grapples with erosion of confidence where its backbone Umno faces minor internal problem, MIC totally broken while waiting for its re-election before it can get back to its feet with MCA and Gerakan hardly moving an inch forward to recover, the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) which is now dead is fighting to recoup.
DAP, after cutting off ties with Islamist PAS is now openly supporting the newly formed NGO Gerakan Harapan Baru (GHB), hoping the new movement could replace the ‘cunning’ PAS to maintain the support of Muslims.
DAP is serious about toppling BN at national level – Putrajaya – while its loyal partner PKR is still pessimistic despite its seriousness and PAS which the DAP has lost total trust is continuing with its ‘tarbiyah’ or educating method so that Malaysians at large understand its objectives on what is Islamic state and what is Hudud.
Now that PAS is ejected, so to speak, from the opposition pact of Pakatan Rakyat (PR), DAP has to find a new vehicle to attract the Malay-Muslim voters to its cause and strengthen the pact.
PAS, despite its religious appearance and non-compromising objectives, had helped the pact to win Selangor and Penang while maintaining Kelantan in the last general election.
The new intellectual Malays who are living in middle and above income group are religious despite their modern thinking and lifestyle.
This was proven when they participated in the party poll in June and kicked out the liberals – Mohamad Sabu Datuk Husam Musa, Khalid Samad and a few others who had been vocal in running down party president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang, the line taken by DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng, who voiced out his dislike over Hadi’s behaviour.
The rejects have now grouped together and decided to form Gerakan Harapan Baru (New Hope Movement) or GHB, brushing aside the PAS dissidents who had formed Pasma, another NGO aimed at undermining Hadi’s influence or hold on the party.
Pasma was formed a year before PAS June election but they group failed to chip away Hadi’s influence and nearing to June poll, Mohamad Sabu and ‘friends’ had launched an assault both on cyber and ceramahs against Hadi.
However, with DAP shadow on the group, PAS members who are intellectuals but religious had rejected them, given the very fact that these party members do not want to play second fiddle to DAP in any kind of pact.
Not giving up and with BN in an uncomfortable position, GHB, backed by DAP, is going on an aggressive recruitment drive, aiming at eroding PAS influence to boost up the movement which is expected to submit an application very soon to become a political party.
A senior and veteran PAS leader said he expected GHB to end up like Pasma or going by the political history of PAS splinter Hizbul Muslimin or Hamim.
He said PAS members are loyal to the party’s struggle not leaders as proven in the party’s history and GHB would not appeal to them.
And his prediction may come true so long as GHB is being backed by DAP, which majority Malays, not just PAS members, will distance themselves despite not liking the present PAS ulamak leadership or BN’s purported weaknesses.