PETALING JAYA: The DAP and PAS will not leave Pakatan Rakyat (PR), the loose opposition alliance that had threatened to tople the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) federal government in May 2013 general election.
Despite both parties, at this present moment, cannot see eye-to-eye and have been slugging each other to bleeding, both see their third partners Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) as a prized trophy.
Just like Neil Sedaka’s song Breaking Up Is Hard To Do, the warring parties – PAS and DAP – are finding it hard to leave the pact and each tries hard to push the other to leave.
PKR is now like the beautiful face of Helen of Troy where DAP and PAS are trying not to abandon and insisted the other leave since they ‘cannot share the same pillow or bed with PKR in the centre.’
The multi-racial Chinese-based party DAP central working committee met Monday night and decided to stay put in PR but cut all ties with PAS – like sleeping on the same bed and same pillow but not meeting eye-to-eye and not touching each other.
PKR has not made any decision on who the multi-racial Malay-based party would love to sleep with as the last party political bureau meeting only decided to oppose the private members bill to be tabled in parliament on Hudud and nothing more.
For PKR, the party leadership comprises all races and with its de facto chief Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim in jail, making a decision on whether to cut ties with PAS or not is very difficult.
As for PAS, the main player in the current turmoil opposition pact turmoil, it remains adamant that it would not leave the pact as its president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang clearly stated that the loose pact agreed on common issues but not on each individual party’s ideology and philosophy.
In short, the parties in the loose pact can implement whatever policies that fit or in accordance with the party’s struggle and principle and the partners cannot question object nor talk about it.
Given such loose ‘contract’ among them, the pact is in a Catch 22 position – and it depends on DAP’s normally firm stand.
The DAP is known for its strong views and mind on issues and given its courage, it is the only party in the pact that can decide the future of PR with PKR as the stabiliser or rather the supporter.
DAP cannot go alone in trying to win Putrajaya as it still needed the Malay and Indian votes to add to the numbers which mean PKR is needed as the party has such support.
Without PAS, the DAP can at the very least has the numbers from PKR as the party, formed for the sake of Anwar, is supported by some Malays and some Indians and some Chinese who just cannot accept DAP’s ideology and philosophy.
PAS on the other hand also cannot be a Lone Ranger as it just cannot win all the Malay votes and it needed the Chinese and Indian votes to add to its numbers.
Co-operating with Umno will not give the party any benefit in terms of votes as the division of seats in the general election may not be favourable to the Islamist party.
In such circumstances, the Islamist party needs PKR and the push begins between DAP and PAS.
So now the game is which party between DAP and PAS is brave enough to leave the pact and say goodbye to the ‘beautiful Helen’ or will the two parties continue to ‘sleep’ on the same bed with PKR in the centre?
In the meantime, both the warring parties continue to exchange barbs with PKR watching and not making any stand as it fears losing both which will spell the end of its political life.-MYNEWSHUB.CC