Friday, August 7, 2009

A One Term Wonder?

I have yesterday expressed my concern at the damage the Pakatan Rakyat inter party spat has done on the opposition.

DAP parliamentary leader Sdr Lim Kit Siang has also yesterday expressed his grave concern.

In a public statement, he has said that " All Pakatan Rakyat leaders of PKR, DAP and Pas must exercise responsibility and discipline to strengthen public confidence in the credibility, cohesion, integrity and common sense of purpose of Pakatan Rakyat if PR is not to end up as a one term wonder. "

Until two months ago, my feedback showed that Kedah state government had become the weakest among the four PR state governments. There had been talk among Opposition supporters that BN was feeling more and more confident that come next general election, they would be able to wrestle the state power back from PR Kedah government.

The general feeling then was also that PR state governments in Selangor, Penang and Kelantan were still strong and supporters did not talk about the possibility of any of these states falling into the BN 's hands in the next general election.

However, with PAS's slim majority win in the recent Manik Urai by election and the recent various unfavorable issue against the PR, viz the Kg Buah Pala controversy and the PR inter party spat, some of our supporters are beginning to worry and even talk about the possibility that up to 3 PR state governments may return to BN's hands in the next general election.

I personally believe that ground support for PR is still strong . But we must not take these initial worries and talk for granted .

Most important of all, we must work hard to enhance public confidence in and support for Pakatan Rakyat.

The people have placed their hopes on PR and PR must not end up as a one term wonder.

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