Pakatan Rakyat (PR) – Perform Or Perish

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.

One Reply to “Pakatan Rakyat (PR) – Perform Or Perish”

  1. It is true that there are many things a state government is not empowered to do. There are also many things which, although a state government is empowered to do, it is unable to do without sufficient funding, which is controlled by the federal government.

    However there are many things the PR state governments could have done to demonstrate that they are cut of a different cloth. Unfortunately they are struggling with their identity. And they are torn by internal dissensions and jostlings for power. And the bottomline is that they are peopled by politicians weaned on the BN style of racially divisive and self-serving politics.

    GE12 took the opposition triumvirate of PKR/PAS/DAP by surprise. They did not expect to win. They simply wanted to rattle their sabres so they put up all kinds of dubious candidates for the elections. But the mood of the people was such that they would vote for any donkey who contested against the BN.

    After their historic victory, the opposition parties struggled to work together, managed to cobble together a coalition of sorts and have managed to remain somewhat credible – although that credibility is being stretched thin.

    Despite the many faux pas of the PR governments and MPs, the people are still willing to give them a chance. But this second chance must not be squandered. Now is the time for the PR to begin identifying candidates who are there to serve and not to be self-serving. Now is the time for the PR to iron out differences in policy and come up with a good common platform.

    Actually, they don’t have to go very far. All the three parties, accepted and endorsed the People’s Voice and the People’s Declaration so why can’t these very documents become the basis for a Common Manifesto?

    If the leaders of the 3 components of the PR can bring themselves out of their protective coconut shells and put in an honest effort to serve the people, there is no reason for them not to succeed. The ongoing Voter gets Voter Campaign is bringing more and more people into the voter pool. With their shenanigans, the BN component parties are driving more and more loyalists away. For their part, the SABM Roadshows are bringing the message of change to people who may not have Internet access.

    We are on the verge of history being made. All we need is a an untainted hero who can command the love and respect of the people across the board and who can lead the people to victory.

    Will this person please step forward?

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