Pro-BN Makkal Sakti party heads for doom

(Free Malaysia Today) – The leadership tussle in the pro-Barisan Nasional Makkal Sakti Party is expected to prolong, with nary a light at the end of the tunnel.

It appears that Makkal Sakti (Tamil for “People’s Power”) does not even have the relevant people to power the party. The party, officially launched by Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak just last October, is in danger of becoming irrelevant even before it begins a mass membership drive.

Political pundits also predict that if  the warring factions within the party do not make peace soon, Makkal Sakti will be dead in a matter of months.

Socio-economic analyst Denison Jayasooria said internal squabbles have discredited Makkal Sakti, which started with a bang and once captured the imagination of the Malaysian Indian community.

He said Makkal Sakti had fallen victim to a situation familiar to political parties aspiring to represent the Indian community. “They put personality conflicts and internal bickering as priority, instead of the plight of the community.”

Dr Denison, a member of the Malaysian Human Rights Commission (Suhakam), predicts that it would be an uphill battle for the party to recover in the short term, unless its leaders “sit down or get an intermediary” to resolve the power tussle.