Please allow the skepticism for all things politic in Sarawak. For starters, to deemed any coalition the Third Force is seemingly too high of an accolate before an actual election is held. To face up against the established Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition takes guts and a lot of field work before one can imagine gaining any high-ground against them.
Hence, the odds of ‘Gabungan Rakyat Saksama’ in gaining any ground in the upcoming 14th general election due by June 2018 is slim or is non-existant at all.
When winning enough seats to form government is hard enough, one should not even wonder how they can run the country. Not that we are saying it cannot be done; but a major realistic plan must be presented to the people in order to convince us that any other party aside from BN is capable to run government.
It is simply the case of all alternatives not being up to the mark.
Sarawak is already dealing with a federal government that is not ashame of going back on it’s promises. Just take a look at the whole Pan Borneo allocation fiasco and one can see that the federal government will promise one thing before elections and do another thing after elections.
So if ever Saksama is to thrive, it first must present a plan that is convincing enough to the rakyat that they are able to get the job done. It is not merely winning the election and beating BN but to touch base with the rakyat that will cast the vote.
The many shortfalls of BN is known to the rakyat, but the rakyat has fallen short of voting others into power because the alternatives have failed to convince the rakyat that they are capable of running the show.
“Malaysia is a society which allows freedom of association. In regards to Gabungan Rakyat Saksama, once approved by the Registrar of Societies (ROS), it is free to take part in a general election. Only the voters in Malaysia will determine their acceptance,” the Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) president, Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Masing, was reported to have said when asked to comment on the issue.
Will this lead to the fabled two party system, many have talked about for Malaysia is open to debate. Saksama must first get themselves approved by the ROS; and then deal with setting up a structure that will pose a threat to the BN election machine.
“We will be an alternative political force to (ruling coalition) Barisan. We will also form a shadow Cabinet as we will be the new ruling party in the waiting,” said Sarawak Reform Party (STAR) president Lina Soo at a press conference on Sunday (July 10).
Such incredibly big words coming from a collection of seven opposition political parties that have been almost non existent in the previous elections.
Apart from Reform, the other parties are Sabah-based Parti Sejahtera Angkatan Perpaduan Sabah (Sapu), Pertubuhan Perpaduan Rakyat Kebangsaan Sabah (Perpaduan), Malaysia United People’s Party, Parti Kebangsaan Sabah (PKS), Sarawak-based Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak (PBDS) Baru and peninsula-based People’s Alternative Party.
You can be excused if some of the parties making up Saksama does not ring a bell.
And then, what about the likes of DAP, PKR, PAS and Amanah. Will they be invited to be part of this coalition?
Or will we see a showdown between Pakatan Harapan, PAS/BN and Saksama in the coming election; which will always favor BN and totally defeat the purpose of defeating BN.
The bigger problem here is that all these political parties, whether labelled third force or alternative choice or whatever; they are in it for themselves.
It is an ego trip by politicians who seek a vehicle to win elections, win government and rule a country without as much a thought for the lay person who just wants a fair and just country to live in.
We are tired of rethoric from politicians, what we want to see is hard and decisive action taken to address the social ills, the economic problems and the health of the nation at large.
And all this should be done with or without a coming general election just round the corner.
Sarawak deserves the best and we should demand the best, anything less should never be given a chance. – Sarawakvoice.com