Both the DAP and PKR (Parti Keadilan Rakyat) have continuously declared that they are "cooperating" and "working together" here to ensure straight fights between the Opposition adn the Barisan Nasional (BN) in the next general election. However, the tussle for seats to contest in the state is far from over.Last week, Penang PKR state chairman Datuk Zahrain Mohamed Hassim was quoted in vernacular newspapers as saying that DAP had agreed to make way for PKR to contest the Bukit Tambun state and Batu Kawan parliamentary seats.Today, DAP state secretary Danny Law Heng Kiang called for a press conference and labelled Zahrain's statements as "false claims". - Sun Dec 26, 2007
Bickering among political parties as the general election draws near make petty headlines in our news media.
Even among the gomen coalition partners thing are not that good as it seems to be. The recent furore raised by the Gerakan youth vice-chief who criticised the gomen for marginalising,oppressing and ignoring the Indian community drew flak from Umno Youth chief Hishamuddin who said his movement should severe ties with Gerakan, which is a BN component. However,some Gerakan leaders also told the UMNO youth chief not to threaten the party. Earlier this year Mohd Ali Rustam had told the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) that it could leave BN if it was not happy with the allocation of seats within the coalition.
While we are trying to unite the opposition parties to take on BN as a potent force in the upcoming general election,the opposition parties on the other hand squabble over petty issues? There should be mutual understanding between both parties, exercise caution,inculcate give and take and not to behave like the hot headed UMNO youth leaders or the Malacca CM or Zainuddin Maidin for that matter. What we need is the opposition parties to reorganised and reengineer themselves so that they will become a more formidable force that eventually find more traction with the electorates.
It will be futile for the opposition parties go solo,contesting in a three or a four corner fight,it is just another sheer waste of time,money and opportunity,for they will never win. When will they learn from past lessons?
With the current mood for change in the air and the failure of Pat Lah's policies who only 'cakap tak serupa bikin',the gomen will be in for a tough fight. This can only happen if the opposition are willing to shed their egos and 'bertolak ansor' for the benefit of the rakyat.
For now,I am really pissed off with the on going tiffs. Even before they talk about forming a formidable opposition, though they are sleeping on the same bed yet they are having different dreams. It gives me goosebumps thinking what will happen if the oppositions are really in power in Penang,will they wrangle as who should become the CM,Exco-members,will they do better than the BN gomen or worst....only time will tell.....