“The rakyat are tired of racial politics, they are tired of being fooled..I assure you, after this, we will hold our next convention in Putrajaya.”
Zaid, the former de facto Umno Law Minister, said today’s convention was testament to PR’s will to put aside their almost irreconcilable differences to serve the voters by replacing what he called a corrupt BN government.
“We were told that we cannot stay together, the supreme leader of Umno, (former premier) Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said if we are allowed to govern, everything will be destroyed.
“Of course everything will be destroyed, everything about Umno will be destroyed,” he said.
Well said, Zaid. However, instead of looking so far at Putrajaya he should focus on the implementation roadmap of Pakatan's common platform. There are many crucial tasks in hand.
Most of the Pakatan's pledges are not something which can be achieved now. The catch is if we want these pledges implemented, we must vote Pakatan to power at the federal level. Ironically, DAP which supported the local council election and vowed to convince PAS over its sectarian concern is now saying that only the federal government can approve the third vote.
Parties within the coalition still need to put their own house in order before they are deemed fit for power. Errant and irresponsible elected representatives and leaders among their ranks will have to be purged out. We must vote for quality representation and not for their low quality candidates.
Zaid should work on the cohesiveness between component parties. This is a work in progress. In the past, they had collaborated and called off their partnership because they cannot handle defeats. Electoral defeats will be the greatest test of its cohesiveness.
Will the blame game resurface if Pakatan did badly in the 13th general election? Will party leaders start throwing stones at their own glass house?
Big issues which were not addressed in the convention will not go away. Issues such as Malaysia's Islamic state status, Malay supremacy, race based affirmative action, power sharing formula and others will reemerge once the coalition wins federal power. These issues will have to be addressed sooner or later.
Despite Anwar's call for all component parties to break away from their racial shackle, the three parties are still working within their rigid race and religious framework. Anything about pork, beer, sexy dancers, religion or race will still work up some segments within these parties.
PKR is still a party of racial colonies. DAP is Chinese based and PAS is Malay based.
The question for Zaid to ponder is what can really be implemented now? What can PR can give us now bearing the fact that it controls 4 state governments?
Talk is cheap. Declarations are cheap. Voters have learned that pledges may change once power is entrusted to the party making them.
Instead of piecemeal opposition against some policies, why don't Pakatan leaders tell us how they intend to run the economy differently from the Barisan. We need urgent attention here. The Malaysian economy is a slack and a poor performer.