It is thus too late to change things, so all that is left to do is regret that is haunting the opposition leaders and in particular from DAP when they marginalised PAS from their pact. DAP through their national political education director Liew Chin Tong and who is also a member parliament of Kluang, Johor has mooted that PAS should be included in the new coalition, Pakatan Harapan.
The oppositions appear to be very affected with their split upon Barisan Nasional’s (BN) landslide victory in the recent twin by-elections for Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar. Between PAS and PAN who gained DAP’s full support had fair votes where in Sungai Besar, PAN is the second most voted party while PAS scored second in Kuala Kangsar.
Nevertheless, BN defeated them with much wider margin when in Sungai Besar they obtained more than 2,000 percent as compared in the previous GE. The same goes to Kuala Kangsar where the majority increased handsomely. DAP put their full strength in Sekinchan for their chosen candidate from the new born PAN but it turned out that their Chinese voters are divided apart and this time almost 40 percent went to the ruling party with an UMNO candidate.
The fallout from the opposition pact split began as early and as worse as in Sarawak state election. DAP lost five seats witnessing in certain constituencies almost more than 400 percent in majority increase from their Sarawakian Chinese support. Once again, with the same momentum, rakyat rejected the oppositions candidates in the recent twin by-elections.
When they say once bitten twice shy, the third bite is mere stupidity. In the case of the opposition pacts, it is ego and disrecspectful bunch of leaders. Pakatan Rakyat was dissolved when the Islamist party PAS was booted out and DAP hurled all sorts of insulting remarks against their President, Hadi Awang. From leaders to supporters, DAP continued their usual thug manner for months to belittle PAS leaders.
DAP continues to stir into PAS internal affairs even during their party election when the President’s men were challenged by their proxies lead by Mat Sabu. Consequently, all of DAP’s men are defeated and they split from PAS for a new DAP’s financed political party, Parti Amanah Rakyat (PAN).
It is to no surprise when Wan Azizah has shown her approval and given her blessing for DAP to go against PAS publicly. Her grudge against Hadi Awang echoed when he annouced that Pakatan Rakyat is dead to dissovle PAS, DAP and PKR coalition. She has her every reason not to support Hadi Awang when this PAS President is her main obstacle to replace Khalid Ibrahim as the Selangor Menteri Besar.
DAP and PKR are the most ambitious clan to take over Putrajaya from Barisan Nasional since the 12th General Election and their best performance continues until 13th GE. What some would forget are PAS contributions to their victories. It is thus DAP and PKR’s best performance but PAS had to pay a very high price when they lost a Malay dominant state, Kedah.
PAS faced a second blow when DAP publicly announced to not only support the newly splinted party PAN but DAP even threw their cash for them. The splinters went on for their road tour not only to introduce their newly born party but the same time they swiped PAS members to join them. DAP’s intention is clear that they need to secure Malay votes from the rural as well as the sub-urbans where PKR’s influence is not promising enough.
The twin by-elections in Sg Besar and Kuala Kangsar after the crushed in Sarawak state election have open DAP’s eyes even wider to realise that PAS split is therefore a terrible lost and disastrous to their road to Putrajaya. Not only DAP and PKR failed to convince the Malays even the Chinese started to show significant swing from them.
DAP’s ego started to diminish among some of their leaders but never with Kit Siang and Tony Pua. Some of their leaders such as the Kluang MP, contested in the sub-urban constituencies where they owed the last 13th GE to PAS supporters. The risk to loose in the coming election is quite severe. This would happened to other DAP leaders who contested in the rural or sub-urban constituencies.
For that, DAP has voiced their concerned and appealed PAS to consider to rejoin them in the new Pakatan Harapan. Their regrets seems surfaced but at the same time, they demanded PAS to set aside their Hudud plans and agreed to Pakatan Harapan’s grand design. After all what DAP had done damage to PAS, do we think the Islamist party leaders would even consider just to fulfill DAP’s ambition?
It is as though, after having Dr Mahathir as their strange bed-fellow to challenge BN, now Kit Siang and Wan Azizah will have to add on to even an odd bed-fellow to their pact. It is beyond imagination how PAS and PAN could work side by side. It takes more than 3 decades for Kit Siang and Dr Mahathir to forgive and forget each other but what occured between Kit Siang and Hadi Awang is still fresh from the oven.
Nothing is impossible in politics but for PAS to even reconsidering the appeal will further result in the oppositions lost since the rakyat had enough of their political drama but eventually they have to bear to risk their future while BN supporters and sympathisers are progressing and enjoying every opportunity granted by the ruling party.
The oppositions are therefore running out of time to consider remorse and wishes to straighten their mistakes to prepare for the next election. Even if time would be considerate to them, it is their ego and self-interests are their main obstacle. Common interest acquaints a man with strange bedfellows in politics but for DAP, PKR and PAS, as their ship wrecks and sink further, even the salvage law could not apply.