Pakatan Doesn’t Trust Each Other; How Can They be Trusted to Govern Malaysia!

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If Pakatan Harapan is having all types of trust issues among themselves; how can they expect Malaysians to trust them with the nation?

Selangor Menteri Besar Azmin Ali went behind DAP-led Pakatan’s back to try to pull PAS back into the Pakatan opposition camp even though DAP-led Pakatan issued an edict saying there was to be no contact with PAS.

It seems that Azmin knows that without PAS, not only will Pakatan have little chance in the next (GE14) general election, but there is a great possibility that he may be out as the Selangor Menteri Besar.

Not wanting to face that prospects of being jobless, Azmin Ali has for some time been trying to entice PAS back into the fold.

http://english.astroawani.com/politics-news/azmin-invites-pas-return-fold-104828

Again he has been doing this against the orders of the coalition.  Therefore, one has to ask; does the Selangor Menteri Besar have cart blanch to go against coalition wishes or are his actions systematic of how dysfunctional things really are in Pakatan Harapan?

Unfortunately for Azmin Ali and DAP-led Pakatan his effort has not provided the dividends that he had hoped; PAS has recently rebuffed DAP-led Pakatan’s overtures by stating that it never really wanted cooperation with their coalition.

http://www.malaysia-today.net/pas-leader-says-party-never-wanted-cooperation-with-pakatan-harapan/

Of course PAS saying no will do little to dissuade DAP-led Pakatan. They (PH) know that the general election is probably months away and still find themselves in desperate need of Malay votes.  As such, don’t be surprised if you hear about Azmin once again going against the coalition’s directive and try to coerce PAS into returning.

But Azmin Ali is not alone with it comes to running roughshod and doing one’s own thing in the DAP-led Pakatan opposition.  alone.

Recently, Latheefa Koy has come out and said that Rafizi Ramli was the architect behind the now infamous ‘Kajang Move’.

You can read the sordid details in the following link.

http://www.malaysia-today.net/oops-i-didnt-think-of-that/

Latheefa had seemed to be willing to hold on to this info until Rafizi started to publically point the finger elsewhere.

It seems that Rafizi has not heard the expressions; Let sleeping dogs lie or don’t stir up the hornets’ nest!

With the combination of political backstabbing, breaking rank, infighting and airing out dirty laundry in the public; one has to wonder how a coalition in such disarray can ever hope to govern a country when it is very apparent that they do not have enough discipline to manage events within their own coalition.

Perhaps Datuk Seri Hadi Awang saying that PAS does not trust Pakatan Harapan due to the unfolding events in Pakatan and other issues PAS feels are important.

http://www.malaysia-today.net/pas-does-not-trust-pakatan-harapan-hadi/

Given the events which are taking place in Pakatan Harapan, it is of no surprise that PAS does not trust them.  In fact, if Pakatan can’t trust each other; how can Malaysians trust them with the nation?

 

 

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Wan Azizah; I Saw The Face Of Our Enemy and The Enemy Is Us!

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Wan Azizah in her quiet reflective moments has to wonder; when did things start to go wrong.

During the early part of 2015, the Opposition was riding high with confidence in the belief that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s days were numbered.  They (Opposition) believed that with their two (2) pronged (PKR and DAP) attack they could put enough pressure through the court of public opinion that the Prime Minister would have no choice, but to resign.

Instead of hurling accusations at the Prime Minister which they (Opposition) knew would not resonate with the rakyat; they instead had chosen one theme (1MDB) as their weapon of choice.  However as the preconceived time tables for the Prime Minister’s ouster came and went; sectors of the Opposition started pointing fingers as to which of them was responsible for not pulling their weight to secure the removal of Prime Minister Najib Razak from office!

However, that was not the onset of the problems within the Opposition.  The fishers of discontent could be seen as early as the ‘Kajang Move’ when you had Opposition members conspiring against one of their own; former Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Seri Abd Khalid Ibrahim.

Back stabbing one of their own could not have been lost on the ranking members of both DAP and PKR as they realized that if it could happen to Khalid, then it could happen to them as well!  An additional revelation was how the DAP treated PAS more like an unwanted pet than as a real partner.  The pet’s purpose was to come and go as the master (DAP) summoned and to choose the candidate that they (DAP and PKR) wanted as their one and only choice (Datuk Wan Azizah for Selangor Menteri Besar.

It was when PAS showed their own initiative that the DAP started to refer to them as traitors to the Opposition cause!   That initiative cause the DAP’s true not so hidden feelings to show when Lim Guan Eng criticized how PAS was unable to manage certain affairs of Kelantan!

If there is a thin line between love and hate then the DAP expressed it through their new feeling towards PAS!  Masking the hate that they (DAP) harbored for PAS was the love they had for the Malay votes that they wanted PAS to secure for them.  With PAS out of the Opposition fold, the DAP quickly let them (PAS) know how they have always felt; disdain!

All the treachery that saw the removal of former Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim as Selangor Menteri Besar was not lost on Dato’ Seri Azmin Ali; the new Selangor Menteri Besar.  Azmin as the second choice by most of the Opposition heads for Selangor Menteri Besar realized that the same forces that manipulated Khalid’s removal and started to speak negatively about former partner PAS,  could turn on him just as easily.

That is probably why Azmin when forming his government kept PAS around as he knew that he would need friends when it is his turn to be ousted!

If the best defense is an offense then Azmin, unlike Khalid Ibrahim has already started trying to firm up his base of support along with an eventual move to be President of PKR!

This was readily seen in Azmin going against Opposition wishes by sending an invitation to PAS to return to the fold and in his working closely with Tun Mahathir on the ‘Save Malaysia’ movement.  The later’s activity prompted de facto Opposition leader Datuk Anwar Ibrahim to pen a not so private letter that was a subtle warning to both Azmin and Tun Mahathir that he (Anwar) is still the de facto leader!

The internal strife which is plaguing the Opposition is making it apparent to all that the Opposition enemy is not the Prime Minister, but those who share their bed!

Wan Azizah is probably thinking; I saw the face of our enemy and the enemy is (Opposition) us!

 

 

Azmin’s PAS Invitation; Speaking for Himself or Carving Out A Path for Himself!

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Both Menteri Besar Azmin Ali and Datuk Wan Azizah know that when you are leaders of an organization, everything you say is scrutinized as being the party’s stance unless otherwise stated. Even then seasoned politicians still are careful in their use and choice of words.

This brings us to the ‘invitation Selangor Menteri Besar Azmin Ali verbally gave for PAS to return to the opposition fold comprising the DAP, PKR and Amanah.

It is quite strange that the invitation did not come before the Sarawak elections.  Perhaps they misplaced PAS president Hadi Awang’s number!

Datuk Wan Azizah says that the invitation was Azmin speaking for himself.  Which makes one wonder about what takes place when Azmin meets with Wan Azizah; do they actually communicate or do they just share the same airspace like couples who stay together in a loveless marriage for the sake of the children!

How does Azmin Ali not know his party and his cohorts (DAP and Amanah’s) position on inviting PAS back after their very public divorce.

No doubt that after their split, the matter of would or could there be reconciliation among them had to have come up in one of their combined leadership meetings.  To that point; would it be even conceivable in lieu of the derogatory assertion Lim Guan Eng made about the PAS State government’s inadequacy in handling the flood in Kelantan! (here)

That statement alone meant that the thought had to be in the heart before it was uttered with the mouth!

Did the results in Sarawak send Azmin into shock causing him to speak without thinking of the consequences of his words?

One could easily dismiss Azmin’s invitation to PAS as a one off gaff, but the invitation wasn’t the first time he had swum in a different direction than his PKR party president; Wan Azizah.

Azman taking part in the Save Malaysia campaign where he was prominently seated next to Tun M during the news conference that Wan Azizah abstained from joining.  Wan later indicated that there was no need to participate. Underlying meaning; if you are not going to include my husband in Save Malaysia count us (PKR) out!

It seems that Azmin and Wan Azizah’s only point of commonality is that they belong to the same political party for now.  This lack of cohesiveness Wan has toward Azmin could be a spill over from the failed ‘Kajang Move’ that would have installed her (Wan) as the puppet Selangor Menteri Besar! (here)

Bloggers often write about a marriage of convenience when we write about the DAP with PKR, Amanah, ANC and Tun M.  However, when you look closer there are marriages of convenience within the same party.

So now when the PKR number two (2) says or does anything that is counter to what the party line is Wan Azizah has to diplomatically say that Azmin was speaking for himself!

So one has to ask; in Wan Azizah’s response to the PAS invitation question, was she also speaking for herself!

Who then speaks for the party?  To solve this, maybe Azmin Ali and Wan Azizah should start wearing PKR paraphernalia when they the media to know that they are speaking for the party!

The apparent disconnect which exists between Azmin Ali and Wan Azizah seems to indicate that they are forced into a claustrophobic relationship that neither one of them wants.

Azmin Ali has ambitions and he wants to be number one in his party, but the current organizational chart forces him to play second violin to Wan Azizah.

Wan Azizah on her part, like everyone else in and out of her party is aware of this which is why both she and Azmin seem to be representing different interest.  For Azmin his own and for Wan Azizah her husband’s!

So one could look at Azmin Speaking out of step with his party line as him trying to do what former Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin was attempting; to assert himself to be his party’s number one!

However, unless Azmin wants to join Muhyiddin on the ‘I used to be’ speaking circuit; he would be wise to carefully weigh his words before speaking; unless of course, if his intention is to break free and carve out a path for himself!

 

The Sarawak Vote Shows The Opposition ‘For Whom The Bell Tolls’!

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The title is a quotation by John Donne which goes “Perchance he for whom this bell tolls may be so ill, as that he knows not it tolls for him; and perchance I may think myself so much better than I am, as that they who are about me, and see my state, may have caused it to toll for me, and I know not that”.

The quote in some respects perfectly sums up the plight of the opposition.

When the opposition does a post mortem on the events resulted in the beat down they have collectively taken in Sarawak’s election; they should come to the conclusion that they were ill by were self deluded in thinking that they were well!

No doubt the DAP and PKR believe this as they constantly sent a barrage of unfounded accusations at the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and the government at large and received only scant responses from the Prime Minister.

The opposition to their detriment believe that the Prime Minister’s lack of response was due to some internal guilt on his part or the lack of a fighting spirit!  Whichever the case, they perceived themselves (opposition) to be ‘well’ and headed for the first of many political wins!

On their (oppostion’s) part they no doubt believed that bombarding the public with accusations that the Prime Minister was responsible for looting billions of Ringgit from 1MDB would cause the Parliament and the public to demand for the Prime Minister resign or be arrested.

To influence the public even more; the opposition held a ‘People’s Congress’, A Citizen’s Declaration and a Save Malaysia Rally!  These were done in their effort to further show how Malaysia was ‘ill’ and that they (DAP, PKR Tun ‘M’ et al) had a cure as they are the doctor that could cure all of Malaysia’s illnesses.

The plan was to cure Malaysia by first ousting the Prime Minister, the cabinet then change government in Sarawak and finally capture Putrajaya!

However, the opposition should have realized that their ‘Kajang Move’ was a sign of things to come as egotism is a poor substitute for the lack of planning skills and having a clear strategy!

So the ‘Kajang Move’ failed! (here) and it was part of a growing list of failures!

Trying to create events to get Former DPM Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin in as the new Prime Minister failed! (here)

Tun ‘M’ wanting to also use the change of Prime Minister to position his son Mukhriz to be the future number one; failed! (here)

Trying to oust the Prime Minister by falsely charging that he stole money; failed! ( )

A few opposition members’ effort to try to sow discord between the Deputy Prime Minister and the Prime Minister; failed. (here)

The opposition belief that a running a negative campaign against the Sarawak’s government and the national government resulted in a Big Fail!

The election in Sarawak demonstrated what the citizens there thought of the opposition’s politics; they rejected it!  Sarawakians are optimistic and see Malaysia’s as having a healthy future! (here)

Given all of the opposition’s failures; one only has to think of the modified ‘For Whom the bell tolls quote:

‘Perchance them (the opposition) for whom this bell tolls may be so ill, as that they know not it tolls for them; and perchance they may think themselves so much better than they are, as that those who are about them, and see their state, may have caused it to toll for them, and they know not that’.

The bell was tolled for the opposition and they believed to be for the demise of Malaysia’s democracy when in fact, it was Malaysians sending a message to the opposition that the bell was for them and that democracy in Malaysia is live and well!