Unity Talks: Why not even a squeak from MCA MIC Gerakan
FROM THE SUARA KEADILAN WEBSITE
By Wong Choon Mei
As the Umno-BN media continued to poke for the Achilles heel in the Pakatan Rakyat – with attention for the moment zooming in on the Islamist PAS – DAP’s proudly secular supremo Lim Kit Siang is keeping his cool.
“The media have been after me for my reaction to the press conference statement by Pas secretary-general Datuk Mustapha Ali that Pas will hold unity talks with Umno only if the other two Pakatan Rakyat partners, PKR and DAP, are included in the talks,” said Kit Siang in his latest blog posting.
“I will await explanation of Mustapha’s proposal at the Pakatan Rakyat leadership council meeting on Monday before reacting.”
Refusing to give the Umno-BN any fodder that can be twisted to give an impression that PAS was split down the line and the Pakatan about to snap into three, Kit Siang posed the question that has been on the minds of many Malaysians.
Especially after Prime Minister Najib Razak said his Umno party had “no problems” with forming a unity government with PAS.
As Umno and PAS are respectively the largest and second largest Malay political parties in the country, where will a tie-up between the two leave the other ethnic groups?
So far, in chase for the sensational and perhaps also in obedience to their political bosses, the mainstream press has not thought to ponder this issue.
Nevertheless, the burning question has not slipped past prominent civil society leaders.
“This proposed unity government is very new, serious and sensitive,” Ramon Navaratnam, past president of Transparency International told Suara Keadilan on Tuesday.
“The PM will help to remove a lot of the doubt and confusion if he explains clearly what are his objectives and how he proposes to go about setting up this unity government.
“No doubt the proposal may have initiated from PAS, but no other than our PM himself has expressed interest to pursue the matter further. Hence it is vital for Najib to give more clarification before confusion and even disharmony sets in.
“Every ethnic group has a right to be a part of the government of the day. This is the basis of our social contract and also the PM’s 1Malaysia concept. Therefore the government now led by Najib owes it to the people to remove the clouds that are gathering over our heads, particularly at this time when we are in the midst of a deepening recession.”
Like Ramon, Kit Siang is also wondering why there has been no sound from the MCA, MIC and Gerakan – which are supposed to represent the non-Malay groups.
Aren’t they worried what sort of deal Najib will cut with PAS and how it will leave their constituents.
Or don’t they care anymore?
After all, they have already lost so many seats in the last election, even if they lost all their remaining ones in the next, they can still count on Najib to give them special senatorships, right?
Like the one he recently gave to Gerakan No. 1 Koh Tsu Koon, remember? But of course, this is all provided Najib can form the next federal government, that is!
Said Kit Siang: “I will like to hear not only what Najib and other Umno leaders have to say, but what MCA, Gerakan, MIC and other BN component parties have to say about Mustapha’s proposal.
“Or are MCA, Gerakan, MIC and the other BN component parties not allowed to react before Umno has decided on the line that must be adhered to by all in BN?”