PETALING JAYA: A bumiputra-only government is "retrogressive" and goes against the ideals of Malaysia Baru, says veteran journalist Datuk A Kadir Jasin.
"For now, the so-called Pakatan Nasional (National Alliance) is nothing more than wild talk and social media feedstock. It is supposed to draw support from elements in Bersatu, Umno and PAS, as well as PKR rebels and bumiputra parties from Sabah and Sarawak," he said in a post on his blog.
Kadir noted that there was "deafening silence" about the position of DAP and added that Pakatan ally Amanah was also not mentioned in talk about Pakatan Nasional.
"Based on the narratives of both Umno and PAS, DAP seems to have no place in the alliance. That means there will be no meaningful non-bumiputra representation," he said in his blog post.
The media advisor to Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad added that even if the alliance ever materialises, it is not likely to get the automatic support of the bumiputra parties in Sabah and Sarawak.
He said this is because the majority of bumiputras in the two Borneo states are not Muslims.
"Both Umno and PAS have taken to demonising DAP as anti-Malay and anti-Islam in their attempts to undermine the Pakatan government and to rally the support of the Malays and Muslims," he said.
Kadir also claimed that as many Umno leaders are being tried and investigated for corruption, they needed "a diversion and are lying to the people that they are poised to make a comeback".
"Having said that, I will, however, not discount the possibility of the existence of a second window to the proposition, the transfer of power from Dr Mahathir to Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim," he added.
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