Join Me! Join Us! There seems to be a united front from all the partners of Pakatan as they prepare for the State elections 2011. Whats more, where are the Chinese and Indian members going to park when the merged entity of SPDP-PRS becomes one? Two contrasting statements from two different camps of the divide within the last 24 hours in Sarawak. Is there going to be an “associate member’ Clause for the Chinese or Indian to join PBB? Or is PBB going to amend its constitution to open to all races?
Unimaginable! Mind Boggling! Read between the lines:- Sarawak BN chairman and CM Taib Mahmud who spoke of the possibility of a merged PRS-SPDP entity one day “joining” Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), of which he is the president. After the SAPP turbulence in Sabah came the tail winds of CMs statement.
What’s going on? Is it Happening? Hold On….”Politics is never a Reality “says a former group editor of an English daily. A 2nd year political student further added,”The CMs agenda needs to be fulfilled and also politics is a perception where the truth is always not there. Many will be shocked with this statement but it must be known that this idea was advocated way back in 1972 by the former CM Tun Rahman(Taibs uncle). Taib said it was still up to PRS and SPDP to decide whether to join PBB after their merger, stressing however that they would be on better ground to talk with PBB once they had merged. Well, its alright that this merger will take sometime just yet but in politics as PKR State Chairman Dominique used to echo to me ,”Everything is Possible.Fast Forward”
Bandar Kuching MP and also state Assemblyman for Kota Sentosa urged BN legislators in the state to take the cue from their Sabah counterparts and said in a statement to Malaysiakini today that “as the largest opposition party in Sarawak, the DAP is openly inviting all Barisan MPs to quit the BN. They can either join our party as members or join us on a party-party basis as equal partners to form a new alliance front. Chongs also included three agendas and it can be read at http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/84838. “This is what all Sarawakians want. The BN government has had their chances for the past few decades but they have failed the people of Sarawak”
What has created the ripple amongst the Chinese and Indian Politicians albiet being a minority of 33% in both SPDP and PRS is where do they go from here. Obviously they know that SUPP a majority Chinese based party has suffered major electoral defeats in the hands of DAP. The CM might just see this as an oppurtunity for them to bolster the ailing party. But in the 70s or the 80s the idea of a communal party system works but the last General Elections has shown that communal party ideology has taken a battering in the Peninsular. Its not a way forward to most members in the respective political parties of SPDP and PRS.
This will see a shift of a lot of “foot soldiers” to the Pakatan led DAP and PKR parties as their approach has changed from the communal mindset to a more attainable and friendly mutiracial concept. The doors are open now as they see 5 states are being run by Pakatan led government and the members are actually in the government while BN is the opposition in these states. Its a whole new ball game and PBB and DAP are casting their baits. PKR knows that there are not equip to go all out and head on against the BN Sarawak State as they are lacking “foot soldiers” and have more “Generals” than DAP. It is a known fact that battles and wars are not won by Generals strategising and commanding from their posts but by the foot soldiers who engage each other on the ground.
I have been very consistent in my reporting of seeing Gerakan in the State of Sarawak as the next “war 2011” will not be one of State BN parties against each DAP,PKR,state splinter parties or independants but one where BN will engage head-on against Pakatan. Not unless there is a THIRD COALITION in the pipeline. Gerakan is a party which practises a mutiracial concept acceptable by a lot of political members in Sarawak as an alternative if they so wish to participate in national politics instead of joing PKR or DAP.
Taib has put it as when you go for a merger you must go through a process like that of a married life. You ought to learn what your partners are like and then try to understand them. Chong entices the BN legislators and members “to put aside our political differences and party politics to implement the people’s agenda.” It must be noted that both of them are using their political platforms to encourage, implement and fulfilled their partys agenda. Politics changes all the time and every minute will be a different ball game and whoever stays ahead will gain the advantage………