WELL the public relations union of Pakatan Rakyat (PR) in Sarawak is finally over. The Democratic Action Party (DAP) finally realised that it would lose voters if it continued in its marriage of (in)convenience after Parti Islam Se-Malaysia (PAS) finally achieved its long-term plan of passing hudud law, which was done in the Kelantan state assembly (for now).
State DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen may have called it a “painful” decision but I doubt it. Since the last State Election, DAP has consistently flexed its muscles when it comes to demonstrating its ‘superiority’ among its PR partners.
Before the last Parliamentary Election in 2013, the party was already trying to push its PR partners around. In fact Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Miri Chairman Dr Michael Teo actually told DAP not to be so greedy back in 2012.
Anyway, Chong has apparently said that DAP would never return to PR even if PAS fails to get the law passed in Parliament.
However no sooner had the party dropped out of PR, Chong was already trying to lure the very party DAP has in the past fought with for seats – PKR – into a new union to truly break up PR in Sarawak.
Chong’s also attempting to lure Barisan Nasional (BN) Sarawak, would you believe, into an unholy union.
“Let us form a coalition government that is not BN and not PR,” he is quoted as saying!
Yes immediately after leaving PR, the party wishes to form another marriage of (in)convenience with former partner PKR and BN Sarawak.
That is the crux of the DAP’s lust for power. It has proven itself willing to get into bed with any party regardless of the party’s stance, if it means getting more power. What kind of political stuggle is this?
As PR has already proven, it is impossible to stick it out in the long run when all coalition members have such different agendas. This was the result with PR in the oppostion. Imagine what would happen if such an unholy union is ever given the ability to actually form the government. Scary isn’t it?
Here’s the report from The Borneo Post:
Sarawak DAP leaves Pakatan
KUCHING: The state DAP has made the decision to quit Pakatan Rakyat (PR) following a State Committee meeting at its headquarters yesterday.
State DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen said the decision, which took immediate effect, would be irreversible as the state DAP could no longer work with PAS as a political partner.
“DAP Sarawak regrets that PAS has deviated from the PR common policy framework by pursuing the implementation of Hudud law in Malaysia. With PAS remaining as a component party in PR Sarawak, DAP Sarawak has resolved and made the painful decision to quit from PR Sarawak.
“This resolution is unanimous of the state committee. Under the DAP party structure, DAP Sarawak has the autonomy to make such decision. Federal DAP has been informed of our decision and they respect the decision of the state.
“We believe our decision is also the wish of the large majority of the people in Sarawak,” he told a press conference after the party meeting.
Chong stressed that DAP Sarawak will no longer work with PAS at both state and federal levels, even if the Hudud law is not passed in Parliament.
“We will not come back together with PAS even if the Hudud law is not passed in the Parliament. They (PAS) have shown their true colours. Their party struggle is not suitable for Sarawak. It is a different situation in Peninsular Malaysia, because there is Umno. PAS has the role to counter Umno, but as there is no Umno in Sarawak, PAS has no role here. They have no place in Sarawak.
“We hope to invite PKR Sarawak to join us in our political struggle too.
“In fact, we call on all parties that support secularism and the fundamental principles of the Federal Constitution to join in our struggle. This offer is not only extended to PKR Sarawak but BN Sarawak.
“Let us form a coalition government that is not BN and not PR to save Sarawak and protect our Constitution,” he suggested.
Chong pointed out that the passing of the Hudud law in Kelantan and the attempted tabling of a Private Member’s Bill in Parliament for the implementation of Hudud law are not only violations of the Malaysia Agreement and the Federal Constitution but will undermine the existence of Malaysia as a country.