The Unravelling of Pakatan Harapan (PH)

Yin says: It’s not even a year and already we see major cracks in the Pakatan Harapan (PH) Government.

I opined in my pre GE14 postings that this is a coalition of strange bedfellows that has come together just to get rid of Najib Abdul Razak and UMNO/BN.

The fault lines are clear from the very beginning. 

The common manifesto they put out; they disagreed in private. We know now that Dr Mahathir Mohamad never wanted Local Government Elections but DAP did.

DAP was for UEC recognition which PPBM is opposed to.

DAP when in opposition has for decades advocated a Malaysian Malaysia has been very quiet about it in power. Mahathir has always advocated Ketuanan Melayu and is as gung-ho about it in power.

Mahathir does not like Anwar Ibrahim and still has not apologised for jailing him; but both protagonists keep up the charade while preparing for the battle royale.

Mahathir has found the chink in Anwar’s armour and is courting Azmin Ali to challenge Anwar.

Meanwhile PPBM is welcoming frogs from UMNO to boost their numbers. When Mahathir has enough MPs he will cut PH adrift if he finds them too meddlesome.

Already he has added a caveat to his promise to handover to Anwar in two years – “if it is the wish of the people”.

Time is running out

Time is not on Mahathir’s side. At 94 he cannot afford to wait. He has to take the battle to Anwar which is why he is in such a hurry  to build up PPBM by welcoming the UMNO frogs against the wishes of his PH partners; and breaking the promise not to accept them. But then breaking promises comes as naturally to politicians  as breathing; and Mahathir is an old hand.

Anwar is not without his options. He can use Najib and UMNO  as a weapon against Mahathir should it be necessary. However because PKR is a multi-racial party Anwar cannot openly court UMNO.

It is in Najib’s interest to go to bed with Anwar because as PM he can recommend to the Agong a pardon for the ex-PM which is something Mahathir will not do. The Agong is from Najib’s home state… say no more.

Anwar’s other option is to gang up with DAP to have control of PH. Because of PKR’s more inclusive views Anwar will be the preferred bedmate to Mahathir.

Mahathir may then call up the joker of the pack – PAS.

PAS is anti- non Muslims and especially anti DAP. In this case Amanah has no option but to join the PKR-DAP axis.

The disintegration of PH is inevitable; it’s not “if” but “when” because of the self interests of the different players.

Najib to face justice

But what do the rakyat want?

They want Najib to face justice; yes; but then they also want reforms.

If their priority is to see all those who are corrupt jailed, then Mahathir is the better choice. The sooner Mahathir destroys Najib and UMNO, the better his chance of getting more frogs to boost PPBM’s numbers.

If they want a less racial government, they have a better chance under Anwar, unless PKR changes tack and team up with Najib/UMNO to fight Mahathir.

But while politicians play their games, the rakyat continues to suffer.

A rakyat fed-up with the state of affairs supported PH on its promise of a Malaysia Baru. While we know a Malaysia Baru cannot be built in one election – how can it after 60 years of rot? – the early signs that PH has no intention of doing so has angered many of its supporters. Cameron Highlands and Semenyih is the rakyat’s answer to this betrayal.

Umno-Baru/PAS marriage

The new arrangement in this musical chairs that is being played out on the deck of a sinking Malaysia would probably look like this:

PPBM plus UMNO frogs and crossovers from PKR led by Azmin will form one bloc.

UMNO/PAS will form another bloc – if Mahathir has not killed UMNO.

PKR (what remains of it); Amanah and DAP will be the third bloc.

MCA and MIC will exist only in name just like PPP – a footnote in our history.

Nothing is simple or straightforward in Malaysian politics. The strands are as tangled as a plate of mee goreng. The plot as convoluted as a Korean TV drama.

But one thing is certain; coalitions bound together by short-term interests and not common ideology will not hold.

PH will unravel.

(The views expressed are those of the contributor)




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1 Comment

  • Hang Kasturi says:

    Hi Yin, as I had previously commented, the lunatics have taken over the asylum. Seriously, in my opinion the country is doomed as it is a case of electing Tweedle Dee or Tweedle Dum. I can understand the Democratic Action Party keeping mum as these retards have threatened death and destruction each time they voiced out their dissatisfaction. I think I need to come to Tanjung Rambutan and do what Chief Bromden aka Broom, the native American did, i.e. smash the reinforced window with a chair and release you from the asylum. Not sure if you remember the scene from the book or the movie, where he released Murphy, the character played by Jack Nicholson and freed him as he had undergone too much trauma and lobotomy. But if you don’t it is okay, as I will be smashing the window not you. I can answer for that. No point spending your time lamenting the state of our nation. Better and more useful to read T.S. Eliot like DSAI or even the boring Shakespeare. I can highly recommend Graham Greene, Charles Dickens, and you cannot go wrong with the Bronte sisters, or even Tom Sawyer. Whilst the list is not exhaustive, as there are too many to list in this forum, others can be George Orwell, Robert Louis Stevenson, etc. Please read them and they can be downloaded from for free. At least you do not pretend and quote these famous and classical writers without actually reading any of their works. Maybe you leave the raving and ranting to Mutali, who is unfortunately very parochial and only care about Perak in general and Ipoh in particular. He just doesn’t get it that Ipoh attracts a huge number of Malaysia as a Second Home applicants due to its languid and lack of traffic jam lifestyle. I know it as I used to make it a trip there for the SAS Cup. Just remember to live simply so that we can all simply live.

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