Thursday, December 1, 2016
The two choices offered to the voters
Salleh Said Keruak
In the May 2013 general election, Umno emerged as the dominant partner of the ruling coalition, Barisan Nasional, while DAP emerged as the dominant partner in the opposition coalition, Pakatan Rakyat. With the closing down of Pakatan Rakyat and the creation of Pakatan Harapan, and with PAS no longer a member of the opposition coalition, DAP practically monopolises the opposition.
In 2013, Umno won 88 Parliament seats while DAP won 38 seats, making DAP the second largest political party in Malaysia. DAP also claims it garnered 85-90% of the Chinese votes, which no other political party can boast about. That makes DAP dominant on two counts.
In the next general election the voters are going to be presented with two choices: either an Umno led Barisan Nasional or a DAP-led Pakatan Harapan. This is the reality facing the voters, as what the Prime Minister explained.
The voters will have to weigh what Barisan Nasional can offer as opposed to what Pakatan Harapan can offer. Barisan Nasional has been around for more than 40 years while the opposition has launched five coalitions in 26 years that never survive more than two elections. Therefore Barisan Nasional offers the stability which the opposition does not have.