PKR adviser Anwar Ibrahim is at it again. Reported in The Star, the Opposition coalition of Pakatan Rakyat is in a position to form the federal government and it will be done no later than Malaysia Day which falls on Sept 16, claimed Anwar.
If this is true, it will marked the undoing of BN. Two months after the GE, component parties in BN are still trying to find a soft landing. Leaders in these parties have not identified the real reasons of their poor showing in the recent GE.
Granted, some superficial moves have been taken as short term measures to stop the decline but they are not adequate for BN to really turn around. Two critical things must be done or undone. First, BN's racial formula must be reviewed and analysed to find out if it is still relevant. Maintaining status quo and preserving the dominance of UMNO will not work for other non-UMNO component parties. Voters will continue to desert these parties.
Right after the GE, some leaders in these parties had blamed UMNO solely for their defeat. A number of them had asked their party leadership to leave the BN. Understandably, any decision will depend on how fast and decisive UMNO's own revitalisation plan is heading.
Second, most of the parties in BN have not identified a comprehensive turn-around strategy. The lack of vision of their leaders is apparent. MCA and Gerakan believe they need to be more vocal and this alone should be adequate to propel them back into power. This is foolish thinking. Over the last 3 decades, leaders in these parties had lost their political activism. They did not lead but merely being led by UMNO.
Most of them were not interested in policy formulation. This was evident when I was the Executive Director of Sedar Institute. These leaders took their mandate for granted and expected to be returned in every election. In the end, it was proven that the society had moved on but the politicians did not and were left behind. An example is the blogs. Now, all aspiring leaders in BN must run their own blog. This is a knee jerk reaction!
Without a mindset change and real democratisation in BN, do not be surprised if there is a government change come 16th Sept.
In politics, anything is possible. Can BN possibly become a truly Malaysian party? Ruling out this possibility is catastrophic.