Thursday, August 6, 2009

Pakatan Rakyat must immediately stop its open inter party spat

Malaysians who wanted change voted overwhelmingly for the Opposition parties at last year’s general election.
The mood for change caused unprecedented victory for the Opposition parties.
Brave voters had not only smashed the BN’s political hegemony by denying it of its traditional two thirds parliamentary majority, they had also installed ,for the first time, opposition as state governments in the states of Penang, Kedah, Perak and Selangor.

Though BN has subsequently robbed the Perak state power from Pakatan Rakyat (PR), there is absolutely no doubt that the Perakians are still with PR

PR’s unprecedented victory has brought much hope to the people. Our supporters have high expectations from us.

We must therefore not let the people down.

PR leaders must therefore be sensitive and take heed of the ground sentiment and immediately stop the seemingly unending, open inter party spat.

The latest and unfortunate incident is the open call by Selangor PAS state chief Datuk Hassan Ali that DAP state executive councilor Ronnie Liu be removed from his present portfolio.

Although it is fortunate that all previous PR inter party differences have been able to be resolved amicably, some damage has already been done.

I am not suggesting that any differences should be swept under the carpet. I am proposing that PR internal party differences and problems should be referred to the PR Leadership Council, instead of going to the media.

Previous spat highlighted in the media has caused some PR supporters to even agree with BN propaganda that PR component parties cannot cooperate well and therefore cannot last long.

We must not underestimate the negative impact of such perceptions.

Our supporters have placed their hopes on us. We must therefore not let them down.

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