Reported in Malaysiakini.com, de facto PKR leader Anwar Ibrahim last night said he has the support of enough defectors from the ruling coalition to seize power, although he will not act until he has a bigger majority.
Learning from my experience during the last general election, I will not write off his claim. Anwar may have a trick or two up his sleeves. However, I would like to point out that such speculations about Pakatan Rakyat toppling the BN government through defections do not augur well for Malaysia.
The most important thing is for both coalitions to exercise the mandate given by the people and govern well. Malaysia needs to start showing foreign and local investors that we can work together to make this two party system works.
Any uncertainty created, such as calls to Abdullah to step down, is not going to be favourable to our economy. Investors, rightly advised by their fund managers, will adopt a wait-and-see attitude until there is light at the end of the tunnel.
Being objective, I can be quite naive politically to suggest that politicians should put national interests at the top priority. Ironically, politicians of all shades and leanings are hungry for power. Power defines politics. A while ago, a top PR leader shared with me why he thought winning state seats is important - to govern.
Nonetheless, I agree with Anwar that he should focus on making his coalition works and stay cohesive. Often repeated statements like this one by PAS spiritual leader, Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat, is not healthy. Nik Aziz is convinced that Pakatan Rakyat (PR) will eventually accept the Islamic state ideology.
Much as I support some of the election manifesto laid out by a few PR component parties on non-racialism, anti-corruption and others, I do not think the PR should go Islamic. Going Islamic is akin to going communal. Voters do not want to find themselves in a quandary. They do not need a religious coalition after they have helped to chase away a communal one.
Next time, many of them might just cast their votes for independents.
Insofar as Anwar aspires for national power, I would like to hear his stand on Islamic state, on Hudud law, on the status of the constitution and on Malay rights.
Perhaps he should start to make some policy related statements so that we can gauge if his coalition is the deserving government-in-waiting.
Picture courtesy of Malaysiakini.com