Pakatan Harapan likes to laud that it is a coalition made up of equals, but as recent time has shown it is not as equal as it portrays itself to be; as some are more equal than others.
The recent event in Penang where the DAP-led government cast PKR to the side in favor of one of their own shows that all is not right in DAP-led coalition.
In a NST (New Straits Time) article; People’s Alternative Party (PAP) vice president Rahmad Isahak accused DAP of being arrogant and belittling PKR despite PKR holding ten (10 ) seats in Penang’s legislative assembly.
The PAP vice president (Rahmad Isahak) made the remarks after the PKR Bunga assemblyman Cheah Kah Pang was prevented from handling the flood aid. Instead the DAP-led Penang government gave the task to one of their own; the Pulau Tikus assemblyman, Yap Soo Huey.
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While there is no crime to look out for those in your own political party by throwing them a bone or two; there is a problem of perception when there has been so much hoopla made over how equal the DAP-led Pakatan opposition and then they turn around and pull what they did in Penang.
Making such a move/switch was a slap in the face to Cheah Kah Pang in much the same way Lim Kit Siang getting Tun Mahathir to be his (LKS) DAP-led Pakatan opposition chairman was a slap in the face to PKR’s Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Azmin Ali, Datuk Dr. Wan Azizah Ismail and Amanah’s Mat Sabu.
However politically misguided those in PKR and AMANAH may be, them not having a chance to be chairman or chairwoman only proves that there are only a select few in Lim Kit Siang’s DAP-led Pakatan coalition that are more equal than others.
Many could see how Mat Sabu and others were coaxed out of PAS to form Amanah; only then to be treated more like an awkward prop that is to be displayed and less like a partner in the so-called coalition.
Now compare that to PPBM.
Even though the role of Tun Mahathir and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) is much the same as that of AMANAH and even PKR, the equality equation seems to be more skewed in Tun Mahathir’s direction.
There is no way for Lim Kit Siang justify Tun Mahathir’s elevated status as a result of his long years of service to his (LKS) opposition because Tun Mahathir long years of service has been fighting against Lim Kit Siang and his evangelical plans for Malaysia.
Yet even with the many years of antagonism between them, Lim Kit Siang still made Tun Mahathir more equal than other coalition members; proving that he (LKS) defines equality.
Therefore with the DAP leading the coalition, the events surrounding the Penang flood aid disbursement should be of no surprise; it just proves that in a coalition of so-called equals, some are more equal than others!