Pakatan will hold just fine, DAP tells Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew

Elizabeth Zachariah, TMI

The DAP is not amused with former Singapore prime minister Lee Kuan Yew calling Pakatan Rakyat (PR) an “opportunistic and ad hoc group” which will break up or be paralysed if it was given the power to run the country.

In retaliation, DAP’s vice-chairman M Kula Segaran (pic) said if PR was just a coalition with no coherent set of ideas, it could not have inspired “so much of hope and confidence among the people”.

“I certainly do not agree with Lee’s view and I believe the 51% of voters who had supported PR in the last general election too do not agree with him,” he said in a statement.

In the May 5 polls, PR won 51% of the popular votes and claimed to have the support of the majority of Malaysian voters.

However, Barisan Nasional won 133 seats – 44 seats more than PR to form the federal government.

“Give us time and we will prove that a future PR federal government will be workable, reliable and stable, one which will bring about a better Malaysia for all,” said the Ipoh Barat MP.

Commenting on Lee’s observations in his book “One Man’s View of the World” that the brain drain issue in Malaysia is caused by race-based policies, Kula agreed, pointing out that efforts by the government to woo back Malaysians from overseas could be too late.

Lee had said in his book, which was launched on Wednesday, that “Malaysia is prepared to lose its talent through its race-based policies in order to maintain the dominance of one race”.