17/04/2015 07:59 AM
A decade of work is now on the verge of disappearing under a deluge of suspicion and fear raging through Pakatan Rakyat.
Anwar Ibrahim, Lim Kit Siang and the late Tok Guru Nik Aziz weaved PAS, DAP and PKR into Pakatan Rakyat. They did so sans deep pockets and large armies. They knew that somewhere in the mix was the promise of a credible opposition
That soon came to pass when the coalition denied Barisan National of its two thirds majority in Parliament, and its formation of state governments in Kedah, Perak, Selangor, Kelantan and Penang in 2008.
Pakatan forever changed the political landscape of Malaysia by presenting the first credible challenge to Umno's five decades of uncontested political domination - effectively putting in place a two-party system in Malaysian politics.
Political power, influence and privilege were now no longer the domain to be abused only by Barisan Nasion. It is also now Pakatan Rakyat's to abuse as well. And abused it they did.
The party elections of DAP and PKR mirrored that of Umno. The only limitations being money - or the lack of it on the part of DAP and PKR.
What Anwar and Kit Siang were intent on doing was the ammassing of power and influence within their own parties through the election (by hook or by crook) of their own nominees. This they pursued with scant respect for what they have always professed to uphold: Free and fair elections.
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