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Thursday, March 13, 2008

Cracks in Barisan Harapan Rakyat in Perak

There is an uneasy and fragile cooperation between DAP, PKR and PAS (like it call this cooperation, not coalition the "Barisan Harapan Rakyat" for lake of a suitable name to describe that) which managed to maul the very unpopular BN (Barisan Nasional)
Barisan Harapan Rakyat. This the "Barisan Harapan Rakyat" must defend against the Barisan Nasional at all costs and not let this fragile arrangement be derailed and give the Barisan Nasional a comeback the next General Election.

So far, we have been reading some very moderate comments from the elected PAS candidates. Now this fragile cooperation in Perak seem to be in danger and may give the BN a chance to counter attack. The statement from YB Lim Kit Siang to ask all the DAP assembly to boycott the swearing in of the PAS Mentri Besar of Perak carries with it great risk. Different people will have different opinions. My opinion is to request YB Lim Kit Siang to give the fragile cooperation a chance to work. Let us monitor the actions of the Perak PAS Mentri Besar and if he did not take the sensitivities of the non-Muslim into consideration, DAP will still have that option to decide what to do about it.

But give PAS a chance first, and make sure the DAP have sufficient members in the Exco to provide for check and balance, and I am hopeful that things may work out.

Let us not jeopardise this hard earned victory and squander it through rash action. PAS has endorsed what I believe is that Peoples' Declaration and I believe there would be clauses which obliged PAS not to go overboard. If they do, then work out a Plan B and be prepared. Jeopardise the fragile cooperation and risk alienating the Malay-Muslims is something too early to do.

Please, YB Lim Kit Siang, allow the Perak ADUN attend the swearing in ceremony of the Perak Mentri Besar, then stay alert.

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