Why Pakatan Harapan is failing

Pakatan Harapan’s main ‘selling point’ is that the Barisan Nasional government is corrupt while Pakatan Harapan, if it comes to power, is going to be the cleanest government Malaysia has ever seen. Is that all Pakatan Harapan can promise us? Okay, then tell us how Pakatan Harapan is going to clean up the police force and the local councils. Are they going to do what Rodrigo Duterte is doing in the Philippines?


Raja Petra Kamarudin

Most of you do not like hearing the truth, especially when it is a bitter pill that is not sugar-coated. The same goes for Anwar Ibrahim and those within the ranks of Pakatan Harapan. When we do give you the truth you react in a very negative manner and resort to verbal abuse. Well, that is your loss. Sometimes the truth can save your life. But if you would rather live in your own world of denial so be it. It just gives an opportunity for people like me to say ‘I told you so’ some years down the road.

In 2010, about two-and-a-half years after the historic March 2008 general election, in a meeting in London Anwar Ibrahim was told it is time to go into phase two of Pakatan Rakyat’s relationship. It is fine to start the relationship on a agree-to-disagree basis since Pakatan Rakyat was formed merely to face the general election. So it was a marriage of convenience in a situation where you do not know whether the marriage was even going to happen.

But that was before the 2008 general election. More than two-and-a-half years on, and to face the next general election in another two-and-a-half years in 2013, a firmer relationship needs to be developed. You cannot face the next general election in 2013 on the same agree-to-disagree basis. You must now sit down and thrash out those areas you disagree with and start agreeing.

Anwar believes Pakatan Harapan can survive merely be agreeing to disagree without addressing those points of disagreement

Anwar, however, would not listen. Instead he took those comments very personal as if it was a personal attack on him. His ego could not accept the fact that he may be playing the game all wrong. He feels he is always right and never wrong. After that he became hostile and starting attacking us. The word he sent out to his people was that Pakatan Rakyat was to distance itself from us and not have anything to do with us.

In short it was a declaration of war. If we support Pakatan Rakyat then it has to be unequivocal support, warts and all. Any criticism of Pakatan Rakyat would be seen as treachery. And if we cannot accept the faults in Pakatan Rakyat then do not accept Pakatan Rakyat at all. It is all or nothing.

Most people are unable to acknowledge their failings. And if you were to point out these failings they become very rude and abusive and will curse and vilify you. This has been the culture of Pakatan Rakyat, and now Pakatan Harapan, and their minions such as the Dapsters and Pakatuns. The comments in Malaysiakini, Free Malaysia Today, The Malaysian Insight, Malaysia Chronicle, etc., is proof of this.

God cannot sink the Titanic but an iceberg did

It is like those who believed that the Titanic was unsinkable. “Even God Himself cannot sink the Titanic,” they said. Well, God did not sink the Titanic. An iceberg did. So who or what is sinking Pakatan Harapan? Probably the man who Malaysians used to fear more than they feared God over the 22 years he was Prime Minister from 1981 to 2003, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Mahathir is a man known as someone who would burn the mosquito net because he is angry with the mosquito. The saying in English is you cut off your nose to spite your face. Mahathir’s suicide-bomber tendencies was demonstrated as far back as in 1969 when he attacked the Chinese voters. The Chinese punished him by voting for the PAS candidate, Yusof Rawa, and Mahathir lost the election.

Mahathir then wrote a book attacking the Chinese, which the government banned. Earlier Mahathir was sacked from Umno for attacking Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman whom he called a Chinese-lover. The Tunku almost detained him under the Internal Security Act for that but was advised not to do so because Mahathir is what the Malays would call ‘gila babi’ and detaining him would just aggravate the situation.

In short, Mahathir is a loose cannon and suicide-bomber two-in-one. He would blow up the entire plane just to kill one person and even if he himself is a passenger on that plane. He believes that when the plane blows up he will be the only surviving passenger and that he cannot die just like the Titanic cannot sink. But the Titanic did sink — and so will Pakatan Harapan if they are not careful and they allow Mahathir to steer the ship onto an iceberg.

Mahathir’s expertise lies in sinking ships, not in saving ships from sinking

So be careful when fraternising with people who are gila babi. You never know what they might do. And while you think you are using them, they may actually be using you instead. And Mahathir is never one to be used unless by allowing you to use him he thinks he is going to come out the winner in the end.

There is one very important thing that political analysts and commentators keep repeating. In fact, they are quite unanimous on this, even foreign journalists. And that one very important thing is Anwar Ibrahim is the glue that holds the opposition together. And they even attribute the breakup of Pakatan Rakyat, and now most likely Pakatan Harapan as well, to the fact that Anwar is in jail and is not able to continue to play the role of ‘glue’.

The fact that Pakatan Harapan even needs ‘glue’ to keep it together and to prevent it from falling apart is already negative in itself. Why do you need ‘glue’ to prevent Pakatan Harapan from breaking up? And even if you do need ‘glue’ why is it only Anwar who can be that ‘glue’ and if Anwar is not around then no one else can play that role?

Without glue Pakatan Harapan will fall apart because it is a mismatched marriage of convenience meant merely to grab power without knowing what to do once they come into power

This is a hard question that no one has asked thus far, not even those so-called political analysts and commentators, local and foreign. They keep talking about Anwar being ‘the glue’ and that Pakatan Harapan is in trouble because that ‘glue’ is in jail and can no longer play that role and that other than Anwar no one else can prevent Pakatan Harapan from breaking up. The more important question, however, that no one is talking about, is why does Pakatan Harapan even need ‘glue’ in the first place?

That is like saying the Titanic sank because no one was able to ‘glue’ the ship after it hit the iceberg. If not it would not have sank. And Pakatan Harapan is sinking for the same reason, no ‘glue’.

And that, precisely, was what Anwar was told seven years ago back in 2010. But then when he was told this he got angry. And now, just like the Titanic, Pakatan Harapan has hit an iceberg and is slowly sinking.

And Pakatan Harapan is hoping that Mahathir can help prevent the ship from sinking. But then Mahathir is an expert in sinking ships, not an expert in preventing ships from sinking. So good luck to Pakatan Harapan because they are certainly going to need all the luck they can get.

Pakatan Harapan is saying many things — the Malays have abandoned Umno, Sabah and Sarawak are no longer Barisan Nasional’s ‘fixed deposits’, the people are angry about the cost of living, the Christians are angry with the government, the Felda settlers are no longer supporting Umno, the Chinese are going to punish the government, and much more.

Selangor local councils are the most corrupt in Malaysia and more corrupt than the police force

However, there is one thing that Pakatan Harapan is not saying. And that one thing is how are they going to do better if they get to form the next federal government? We have heard everything that is wrong with the government. We now need to know how Pakatan Harapan is going to be a better government. Again and again we are hearing about how bad the government is. But we are yet to hear how Pakatan Harapan is going to be better.

The police force is corrupt. Ten years ago in a series of articles Malaysia Today revealed that the police are working with the Chinese underworld and the prostitution, loan-sharking, gambling and drug syndicates. In fact, the police are actually running these syndicates. A few days ago this was proven true, ten years later.

What has Pakatan Harapan said or done about this matter? How is Pakatan Harapan going to address this problem if it gets to form the federal government? Have you noticed the deafening silence from Pakatan Harapan?

The police say they are not the most corrupt government agency. They say they are the second most corrupt while the most corrupt agencies are the local councils. (In the 1980s, Acting IGP Tan Sri Mohd Amin Osman said if he wanted to clean up the police force he would have to sack 97% of the police personnel).

Local councils in Penang and Selangor come under Pakatan Harapan and the Selangor local councils have been rated the most corrupt in Malaysia — have always been and still are. And Pakatan Harapan promised local council elections (as opposed to appointees from political parties) ten years ago before the 2008 general election. And, until today, ten years later, that is still not being done on the excuse of ‘the Federal Constitution of Malaysia does not provide for local council elections’.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte eliminates crime by eliminating the criminals

Pakatan Harapan’s main ‘selling point’ is that the Barisan Nasional government is corrupt while Pakatan Harapan, if it comes to power, is going to be the cleanest government Malaysia has ever seen. Is that all Pakatan Harapan can promise us? Okay, then tell us how Pakatan Harapan is going to clean up the police force and the local councils. Are they going to do what Rodrigo Duterte is doing in the Philippines?

But then the Dapster and Pakatun idiots will vote Pakatan Harapan anyway because as long as it is not Umno that is all that matters. Democracy should never be entrusted in the hands of idiots.