THE announcement by Pakatan Harapan coalition parties that each will use their respective party flags for the Sarawak state election and General Election once again proves that the link between the parties dangles by a thin thread.
When there are failures, each will blame the other. When a catastrophe is imminent, each will fly in the opposite direction.
It is evident that the relationship between Pakatan parties hinges on self-interest. When one is of value to the other, they will stick together. Once they have outlived their usefulness, they will exclude, criticise and turn abusive against each other.
With such an alliance among political parties, even if Pakatan should ever return to power, it will just be a matter of time before they fall out with each other again and plunge the country into turbulence once more.
In the past, when Pakatan governed, their inability to reach a compromise coupled with their power struggles and neglecting the rakyat’s trust in them eventually led to their disintegration and collapse.
Pakatan may blame its downfall on party-hopping political frogs. However, the jostling for power among themselves remains the underlying factor.
The then prime minister was compelled to resort to the Palace, and the uneven distribution of interests among the respective parties triggered the desertions.
After the 14th General Election and three major shifts in alliances, Pakatan must also review whether to continue using the same symbol for the next general election. At the current stage, allied parties may use their own logos.
However, which situation would be most suitable for all to even broach the above chatter?
Since the beginning, people from all layers of society have not been optimistic of the pact between Pakatan and Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. It was even foreseeable that our nation would descend into turmoil and chaos. However, DAP leaders had whitewashed Dr Mahathir, churning out all sorts of deceptions.
It now appears that all the predictions about the Langkawi MP came true. DAP tried to circumvent the hoodwinking. The Rocket should apologise to the Malaysian public for rocketing around the truth.
During the 22 months of Pakatan’s administration, people witnessed nothing apart from power struggles. There was no development for the country while the economy plummeted, and people’s livelihoods also ended up in tatters.
LAU CHIN KOK
MCA Central Committee member