The latest edition of Aliran has an interesting article on the Opposition Coalition. It praises PR for their good governance, for their contribution to Parliament and for winning 5 out of the 7 by-elections – all this in spite of UMNO’s efforts to destabilise and destroy PR.
However, there is also a downside and I quote the first three and last paragraphs of this article:
2009 saw the end of the euphoria that enveloped the whole country after the political tsunami of March 2008. It was a year during which the Opposition coalition, Pakatan Rakyat (PR), was brought down to earth and forced to face the enormity of the challenge to deliver what it had promised during the elections.
It was also a year when the public increasingly perceived the fledgling PR to be a “fragile”, “feuding”, “fraying” and “faltering” coalition – one that was “not on a firm footing”. In light of this scenario, the PR was hard pressed to convince the public that they could form the next federal government.
One would have thought that the PR, after having lost Perak to the BN in February 2009, would come to its senses about the need to be united. But it continued with its petty and puerile public inter and intra-party squabbles, spats and skirmishes, much to the surprise and scorn of the public and the satisfaction of UMNO!
The road to Putrajaya requires stomach, stamina, solidarity and the sacrifice of personal agendas and parochial party issues for the larger national agenda. Sloganeering will not do. The 1,500 delegates at PR’s first national convention were reminded of the dictum “Perform or Perish”.
(Aliran Monthly 2009 Vol 29(11/12) – used with permission)
It is said of one ‘old hand’ politician: “he wears the dress of PKR but his sweat is still UMNO”. This is one of the many problems faced by PR. At this crucial time in our nation, we would do well, both in our local churches and individually, to heed the words of 1 Timothy 2: 1-6
I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all men—the testimony given in its proper time.