|Friday, 26 November 2010 14:33|
Recently, Malaysia Today blogger, Raja Petra Kamarudin commented that Pakatan Rakyat was forged out of hatred for Barisan Nasional (BN). According to him, as long as BN continues to make mistakes people will continue to dislike them and this ensures support for Pakatan as the relationship between voters and the Pakatan is merely the unity of hate, and not the unity of love. He also said that a relationship based on hatred is a dangerous one.
Rakyat Revolts with Protest Votes
Let’s look back during day ever since BN suffered a near defeat in the 2008 General Election.
Why the Hatred?
Most of the PKR members say they are sick and tired of the BN and are thirsty of the new ‘changes’ promoted by the Pakatan. A majority of them even say they hate Pak Lah’s administration. Ever since political tsunami during the 2008 general election, Pakatan had prevailed in by-elections after by-elections. A good example is where the opposition nailed Barisan in the Permatang Pauh election. Many have come up with various theories of why BN lost and Pakatan / Anwar won. Some say that BN lost because Permatang Pauh was Anwar’s stronghold. Some even continued to blame Pak Lah and his son-in-law Khairy Jamaluddin. They claim that the people have rejected Umno and now are demanding for changes.
A Trend for Change
Subsidies, charities, lower petrol prices, and lower prices of essential goods are among the things promoted by Pakatan. It has been a sort of trend for people, especially those in the urban areas, to want a change in government. They tend to want something after 50 years living under the same old government with their same old ways.
Reasons for Lack of ‘Love’
In an interview with Shah Alam Member of Parliament, Khalid Samad, he said that Pakatan is not going against BN because of its name but “we are going against them because of their policies which oppose truth and justice.” However, if BN was to reform (i.e. change their policies, their view towards the nation’s vision, their worldly agenda, changing their habits of manipulating politics for selfish reasons etc) then the question of them going against BN wouldn’t be relevant anymore.
Similarities to Taliban
In another statement, Raja Petra compared the similarities of unity of love in Pakatan’s coalition to the Taliban in Afghanistan where the only time the Talibans unite is when there’s a common enemy, for example Russia. So can Pakatan still remain intact and work together should BN be defeated, or as Khalid said, submit to Pakatan’s rule? Or will they instead quarrel among each other on who is to take control of the country?
PKR’s Turmoil an Advantage to BN?
With PKR currently in turmoil and Pakatan’s loss in Galas and Batu Sapi, people would have thought that this will give an opportunity for BN to shine should an election be held soon. So does this mean people are starting to like BN once again? And does this mean that Pakatan will have a shaky rather than a solid future?