Opposition parties and anti-government non-governmental organisations (NGOs) will meet Tuesday to form a new opposition alliance aim at toppling the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) in the next general election.
The need to form a new opposition alliance or pact is vital given the old pact vanished in thin air when DAP leaders got their angers to do their talking and PAS leaders sulked when party dissidents, with the backing of DAP leaders launched a final assault to out Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang in the party June poll but failed miserably.
And with the current animosity between the parties involved, particularly the part on Hudud, getting together is not as easy as it had before the 2013 general election.
At present, DAP and PAS cannot see eye-to-eye while PAS and the newly formed Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) are just after each other’s throats at any given time.
Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) is the only party which does not seem to have enemy with the others but on the other hand, the multi-racial Malay majority party has no clear cut political objectives besides freeing its de facto chief Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim from jail.
And it just cannot go it alone and just cannot achieve its objective politically without the help of DAP and PAS – in short without additional Chinese and Malay support from the two parties.
Given the volatile situation of all the three opposition parties, Tuesday’s meeting may even end with a conclusion except all of them, including the anti-establishment NGOs having only one objective – to topple the ruling BN-led federal government.
Amanah, a newly formed party by rejects of PAS, led by former deputy president Mohamad Sabu has been grappling at anyone to make up its numbers as the party is seen as just an attempt for PAS rejects to stay afloat in the political scenario.
Following the failed coup of the members of Amanah, the rejects led by former PAS deputy president Mohamad Sabu formed a new party Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) which automatically became the love of DAP.
With the changing political landscape and the developments following the 2013 general election that saw a ‘Chinese tsunami’, opposition parties are in dire straits as every each of them try to build their own followings and support, away from race-base.
Other than PKR, DAP, PAS and the new Amanah cannot shed their racial base and image as the objectives clearly stated the obvious if not their actions that reflect their motives – DAP struggling for Chinese, PAS for Malay and Islam.
The racial division is presently very clear and glaring.
With such division among voters – old and new – opposition parties have no choice but to get their acts together or be seen together to enable them to consolidate or at least reflect ‘togetherness’ in their objectives.
The last time the three parties – PKR, DAP and PAS together with several NGOs – managed to convince voters they were together and succeeded to sweep through the voters hearts and minds but failed to win the general election.
They managed to retain Kelantan, Penang and Selangor but failed to make impact beyond the three states despite making inroads in Johor which is BN and Umno bastion, Malacca and Pahang.
The fact is Malaysians have all along voted along racial lines despite the show of openness among leaders of the political parties and NGOs claiming to represent all races.
And the trend is expected to continue more so after the ‘show of force’ of two main rallies – Bersih 4 or Yellow shirt and United Malay Rally or Red Shirt.
The Bersih 4 rally dubbed Yellow shirt reflected the determination of Chinese voters as they comprised some 90 percent of the participants to oust the purported Malay government while the United Malay Rally dubbed Red shirt comprised 100 percent Malays.
Scaring but it is the reality, the opposition parties and NGOs is not expected to make much advance in their political quest at tomorrow’s meeting except to put up a false front of togetherness where the contents are back to square one.