ANOTHER political stunt has come and gone but we still see Pakatan Harapan yet again without a clear path to take.

Which stunt am I referring to you may ask?

I am speaking about the first ever Pakatan Harapan convention held in Shah Alam on Saturday.

Was it an interesting affair? It was.

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Does it count for anything? I doubt so.

You see, as a viable political coalition, be it formal or informal, there are a certain set of principles that must be adhered to.

The most basic of them all is consensus.

A coalition can only be achieved through carefully mediated consensus.

Does Pakatan Harapan have it? Well, only some times.

This is certainly not enough for them to even dream about taking over Putrajaya.

An example of this is their message of ‘apparently’ uniting all Opposition parties.

Really? You only thought about it today? The thought does not occur in your minds since the coalition’s inception in January?

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Therein lies the problem of Pakatan Harapan and as long they did not focus their efforts to rectify this major flaw, Malaysians can expect many more years with them in the Opposition bench.

Even Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) Chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s call for the usage of single symbol to represent Pakatan Harapan may look good on paper but the path to its successful implementation remains to be seen.

Some may say the Opposition can win with the current crop of UMNO rejects within it.

However, based on how they are conducting themselves, it is only a matter of time before they get stucked in the void that is Pakatan Harapan.

Despite repeatedly clamouring for the one on one fights with Barisan Nasional, their leadership failed to see the importance of getting PAS on board.

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As long as PAS is ostracised or not given due respect within the Pakatan Harapan coalition, there will never be another Malaysian government not helmed by Barisan Nasional.

So as far as we are concerned, while they can talk all they want about capturing Putrajaya, it is improbable that they can actually carry out the task successfully.

This is because it is only a matter of time before cracks deepen within the party components, especially when it is time for seat negotiations.

They may have the hunger to be government but lack the discipline to execute it.

Khairul AmirĀ is an independent analyst and Malaysian Access reader. Article written is strictly his personal view. Malaysian Access does not necessarily endorse the opinions given by any third party content provider.

 

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