Its finally official. The Dewan Rakyat has now been dissolved, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak announced during a live television broadcast today, paving the way for the 13th general election. Read more about it here. This is the moment of truth for Pakatan Rakyat to present their manifesto as this is the best time to win the General Elections. People sentiment has shifted to Pakatan over the years since 2008. Everyone has come to realise that UMNO / Barisan Nasional is not invincible.
The coming days should be very interesting indeed. The time for change is now!
I only have one question to ask UMNgok leaders: why are you working together with a man who clearly hates Islam to the core and insulted one of your state representatives in Johor?
All the more reason for me to reject Barisan Nasional and to vote for Pakatan Rakyat in this coming general elections.
This is a reminder to the leaders of my political party to be always be wary of the “old guard” from DAP. It is true that currently we are together in an alliance called Pakatan Rakyat, and I would not have it any other way. The other alternative would be to join the ultra-racist party called United Malays National Organisation, and we certainly cannot have that! However, at the same time, there are idiots in the Demons After Power people which are full of people inclined towards Islamophobia. But I’ve always believed that those “enemies” are almost always more honest than the so-called “friends” who hide their keris behind their backs in order to wait for the opportunity to stab you from behind.
As the saying goes, “keep your friends close, but keep your enemies closer”.
You definitely know that the influence of a certain political party is on the wane after the racial card is used to play up sentiments and usher in support. After all, it worked before in 1969. However, times have changed and something that I would have never thought I would say now is true…Malaysian democracy has matured. Malaysians are beginning to realise that sticking to just one coalition party is not going to help change things and we saw that awareness on March 8th 2008.
As for the chap who is in the news for a racial statement he uttered, well…all I can say is that while that may be true historically, it does not give any credence to the party he represents and has probably worsened it. Perhaps Pakatan should be thanking him because if this goes on, it won’t be long before the party in question is kicked out of power.
I couldn’t help but leave the following comment on one of his posts about his “vision of doom” for the Pakatan Rakyat alliance. I am not going to give him traffic so I am not going to link to it. I have no doubts that the comment will most likely not be published, so I am reposting it here for your enjoyment.
YB Rembau, I cannot forget your unabashedly rude statement bordering on defamation during the March 1008 campaign when you said “DAP main PAS dari kiri, PAS main DAP dari kanan, Anwar main dua-dua dari belakang” as well as your other rude comment during the same campaign period, “di akhirat nanti bulan akan hancur, hanya DACING yang tinggal”. So much for your “dire” predictions, eh? You have been playing on the same tune about Pakatan Rakyat for months now. Considering that your vision of doom has yet to happen, it just goes to show how bankrupt you have really become.
I wonder how he would respond to this?
Very interesting development, no doubt. Stop calling the DAP-Keadilan-PAS coalition as “Barisan Rakyat”, people. Its PAKATAN RAKYAT now.
The leaders of KeADILan, DAP and PAS met today in furtherance of the meeting held on the 18th of March 2008. Today’s meeting was attended by, among others, Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim, YB Lim Kit Siang, YB Dato’ Seri Tuan Guru Haji Abdul Hadi Awang and YB Datin Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.
In today’s meeting, we have proposed to consolidate the cooperation between the three parties under the name “PAKATAN RAKYAT”. This name has been proposed pending confirmation by the respective parties. Pakatan Rakyat pledges to uphold the rights and interests of all Malaysians, regardless of religion or race, as enshrined in the Constitution.
With the results of the recent elections, the state governments of Kelantan, Kedah, Pulau Pinang, Perak and Selangor will be known as Pakatan Rakyat state governments. The policies of these governments will be conducted in accordance with the policies of Pakatan Rakyat.
I hope this will finally result in a coherent command structure, a common coalition symbol and a common platform. I still have reservations about PAS working together with one particular party, but let’s wait and see.