KUALA LUMPUR – December 1, 2015: DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang has admitted that it will be challenging for the opposition to wrest Putrajaya from Barisan Nasional (BN) in the next general election following the collapse of Pakatan Rakyat.
In his latest blog posting, Lim said despite the current confidence crisis afflicting Umno, the new opposition coalition of Pakatan Harapan (PH) was still far from capable of toppling BN.
According to him, this was because the opposition too was suffering from its own confidence woes.
He said the problem was primarily due to Pas’ refusal to adhere to the common policy framework of now-defunct Pakatan Rakyat.
Lim substantiated his views by pointing out examples such as the refusal of Pas president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang to accept PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim as the opposition’s prime minister candidate and PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as Selangor Menteri Besar.
Lim said Hadi’s insistence for the implementation of hudud in Kelantan was another major contributing factor to the collapse of Pakatan Rakyat.
The demise of Pakatan Rakyat was announce by DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng in April after the Pas leadership accepted a non-debatable motion pertaining to the severing of ties with DAP during the last Pas’ muktamar (annual general assembly) earlier this year.
In reference to Pas’ actions, Lim pondered on the likelihood that there could be a revival of Pakatan Rakyat co-operation and unity for the next general election.
“There is no doubt that Malaysians who had rooted for political change in the 13GE (last general election) went into the deepest and darkest despair at the demise of Pakatan Rakyat.
“For they see the hopes of political change being destroyed completely, at a time when the Umno/BN government has proved to be such a national liability and disaster,” he wrote.
On matters concerning hudud, Lim claimed that such issue “has never been and will never be a vote winner” in plural Malaysia based on past electoral evidence.
He was of the opinion that Pakatan Rakyat would have lost very badly in the previous general election if hudud had been a controversial issue back then.
“Pakatan Rakyat might have lost Selangor apart from Kedah, and Johor would have reverted as an invincible Barisan Nasional “fixed-deposit” state.
“With hudud as a hot controversial issue in the 13GE, the damage for Pakatan Rakyat in terms of non-Malay support would have been very decisive,” he wrote.
Despite the obvious split in the opposition bloc, Lim stressed that the only way for the opposition to topple BN in the next general election was to ensure a “one-to-one” electoral fight.
“For these same reasons, the model of a two-opposition front formula used in 1990 when there was Gagasan Rakyat and Angkatan Perpaduan Ummah with Parti Semangat 46 as the one party in both alliances cannot be replicated,” Kit Siang wrote.