There are three Pakatan Rakyat.
First the Pakatan Rakyat that ‘won’ the 12th general election. This was the Pakatan Rakayat that was there at the right time and the right place to enable the voters to register a protest vote against BN.
Next is the Pakatan Rakyat that exists now that can never win a general election to enable it to form government.
And the third is the Pakatan Rakyat that we aspire for. The Pakatan Rakyat that can win the 13th general election. This is the Pakatan Rakyat that is still a work in progress today.
And those of you who are in Pakatan Rakyat…..you must try to see yourself as we the public see you!
We believe that PR meant well. We believe that PR is against corruption and is for open and accountable government. And that PR will ensure equal opportunity for all in Malaysia. But government today is not only about fighting corruption, or making 1Malayisa a reality and taking care of the poor and the underprivileged. We need a government to do all that but, more important, we need government for all – even those who are now aligned with BN. There are many of them. Too many to ignore! And so PR must be a coalition that encompasses everyone in Malaysia. Only then can it be a government for Malaysians!
And all this needs a new Pakatan Rakyat. A new way of doing things. A new vigour. A new commitment to the change that must come its way if it was to trump UMNO at the 13th general election. So that we can show to all who care to look, that this Pakatan Rakyat is different from the UMNO led Barisan Nasional.
Pakatan Rakyat must promise that “power, wealth and opportunity are in the hands of the many, not the few, where the rights we enjoy reflects the duties we owe, and where we live together, freely, in a spirit of solidarity, tolerance and respect”
Statement of Value, Labour Party under Tony Blair.
If we have that Pakatan Rakyat then that Pakatan Rakyat shall surely form government come the 13th general election!
The Pakatan Rakyat of today still lacks the totality of what we believers of ABU want! Of course it is better then the endemic corruption and the lack of good governance that Barisan Nasional has imposed upon us since Merdeka – but ‘better’ is not enough!
We want the aftermath of the 13th general election to be a period when we truly have a government for the people, by the people and of the people. I do not want my Prime Minister to knell before me in gratitude for voting his party into government. I want a Prime Minister to whom I will can give respect to because it is due. I want to look up to my Prime Minister as I had looked up to TUNKU many years ago – with reverence and a complete belief that he has my interest at heart. Not his party’s interest, not his children’s interest, not the interest of the people he plays cards with nor those he attends the races with - but that he has the interest of his Rakyat at heart. That was how I thought of TUNKU. And I remembered the love I had for him as I knelt by his side after he died. I was one of those privileged to receive him when he was brought from the hospital where he died to the house at Kenny Hill before he was returned to his beloved state, Kedah. Even today I can only imagine how much he must have suffered from the treatment that Mahathir and his beloved UMNO had imposed upon him. For TUNKU only death brought relief from UMNO.If UMNO could do that to one of their own what do you think they care about us?
Now whom amongst all you politicians will be deserving of that reverence from us all?
Find that person quick PR. Find him/her before this hope within us is disappointed again. Find a leader that will sweep away the hatred that we felt for Mahathir. Find us someone that we will not questioned as we had started to questioned Pak Lah as he allowed KJ to do more as he did less! Find us some one in whom we will not have the disgust and mistrust we now feel for Najib and his First Lady!
If you give us someone who can only do half of what we ask of them you will only get half our votes. If you have someone who can do all but still lack the affections that TUNKU had for us, then you will not get all our votes. No room for compromises, no time for anyone to grow into this person that we want and certainly do not allow ethnicity or gender to become a barrier to your choice as leader to PR. Chose wisely and we will follow. Anything less would never do.
ABU ABU ABU!