Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Pakatan leaders in both PAS and DAP are again at loggerheads trying to prove that their respective party is more relevant to Malaysia than the other – once more failing to understand the purpose of a coalition.

The Opposition's heightened state of insecurity was brought to light this week after Deputy Agriculture Minister Tajuddin Abdul Rahman suggested that DAP could in theory run Malaysia if the party were given more sway over Putrajaya through PAS.

"The sultan is the head of our religion. The agong is a Muslim. If we were to become a republic, DAP Chairman Karpal Singh would then become the President. He would be your chief," he speculated during a visit to the Malay heartland of Terengganu this weekend.

No doubt hoping that Pakatan officials would pick up on his remarks, he teasingly suggested that PAS' desire to reach Putrajaya meant that they would be forced to hold open the door for DAP.

"DAP would work with PAS, but the condition is that they would demand this and demand that. Perhaps they will ask to be the Deputy Prime Minister. Who would that be? Lim Kit Siang, or his son Lim Guan Eng?"

PAS central committee member Dr Dzulkifli Ahmad hit back on Monday, saying it was out of the question that DAP could ever run the country – much less on the back of a hung state assembly.

Last month the ever-desperate sounding DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng said he was planning on a proposal to his PAS 'allies' that they should boycott the Kuala Besut polls.

"This will not affect BN's power in the state," Lim said, claiming that a boycott could send a "strong signal" of their unhappiness.

Of course, Lim's suggestion had nothing to do with his own party's insecurities about their coalition allies and not wanting to cede any more ground to their Islamist allies.

In all, Barisan Nasional took 17 seats in Terengganu at GE13 with BN's candidate Dr A. Rahman defeating Napisah Ismail of PAS with a comfortable majority of 2,434 votes to take Kuala Besut.

As PAS and DAP seek further distance from each other, Lim Guan Eng's party have shown their hand by revealing their fear of a possible PAS-Umno Unity Pact in the state.

If such a pact developed and, worse for Lim, if it spread beyond Terengganu, then the Democratic Action Party's hopes would finally be dashed. It would be the political equivalent of a cold bucket of water over his dreams of being the kingmaker for Seri Perdana.

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