PETALING JAYA: Pakatan Rakyat (PR) ‘marriage of convenience’ is breaking anytime now with Sabah and Sarawak making the first move Tuesday and the parties – DAP and Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) – in Peninsular expected to make similar move very soon.
The reason is simple – DAP and PKR in Sabah and Sarawak could not work together with PAS when PAS-led state of Kelantan moved and adopted the Syariah Criminal Enactment 11 Code (Hudud laws) in the state assembly on March 19.
While DAP and PKR in the two East-Malaysia states were very direct in their approach and stand on the political co-operation of PR, the situation in Peninsular is a ‘little fluid’ as the political equation and landscape are different.
But all the same, the opposition pact is expected to break anytime as DAP and PAS exchange tirades which have gone ‘beyond repair’.
The last straw is when DAP interfere in PAS upcoming poll by calling the Islamist party members and leaders to push out incumbent president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang, calling him traitor to the pact’s objectives.
DAP’s action has also made the liberals in PAS lost their battle to unseat Hadi and the scenario changes with Hadi becoming stronger as party members and leaders rally behind him against the Chinese-based multi-racial party.
DAP’s ‘hatred’ towards Hadi has strengthened the resolved of PAS members and leaders – fundamentalists and liberals – to get together to defend the incumbent, with the liberals putting aside their plan to oust him.
The call by DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng had agitated the Islamist party members who, despite split in two – liberal faction and fundamentalist faction – got together to defend their president which now see DAP and PAS ‘drawing swords’ for a battle.
DAP had not only united the warring factions in the Islamist party but also soured relationship between them and the liberals who have been supporting the Chinese-based multi-racial party.
The liberals in PAS, aligned to PKR de facto chief Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, was having a smooth plan to oust Hadi in the coming party poll in June poll unfortunately DAP’s open call for Hadi to be ousted had their plan foiled.
They succeeded in control of the central executive committee with more half of the 25 members liberals and also deputy president with Mohamad Sabu or Mat Sabu who is said to be their man in the party 2013 poll.
And they had plans to push Hadi this June party poll and their plans had been quite smooth to say until the DAP started calling for Hadi’s ouster, an act which even PAS grassroots who are liberals are angry at.
The call for Hadi to be replaced so that DAP could continue its agenda in PR has backfired which now sees the DAP in a very awkward position where it cannot work with PAS and its relationship with PKR is also questionable.
PAS in particular the fundamentalists have been not happy with DAP for quite sometime when the latter began to be ‘intimidating and dominant’ rather than as partners in the opposition pact.
The DAP now faces a solid PAS, no longer a divided Islamist party which places it in a very volatile position in the pact given that PKR is also in distress.
Meanwhile, PKR members at grassroot level have been questioning DAP’s position in ‘Free Anwar Campaign’ when they see DAP is not in full force and as for Hudud, the DAP misread PKR.
Despite the party leaders’ rejection of Hadi’s upcoming private members bill in Parliament, the Malay members have yet to say a positive NO to the Islamic law.
Given the ‘complicated’ scenario which involves religion and ideology, the opposition pact may dissolve itself very soon as the ‘glue’ that stick them together no longer holds.-MYNEWSHUB.CC