There was a little surprise at the announcement of the PPBM, especially on their leadership clan. The most prominent is Tan Sri Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman as vice president. It was not because of his name has not arisen in any matter related PPBM, but his position as former chairman of the Election Commission (EC).

During eight years (2000-2008) driving the electoral body, Rashid assailed the opposition on the issue of the election, but he did not show eagerness to prove otherwise in his principle of fair election.

Another figure is Zahid Mat Arip, who was appointed to the supreme leadership council. A former “spiritual adviser,” of a group called the Tolak Individu Bernama Anwar Ibrahim (Tibai), he was one the character who used to attack the opposition – and seems like a “big brother” of names like Datuk Seri Jamal Yunus, Ali Boxing and so on. But, now everything changes. All of them fight against each other for their master.

Other names such as former vice chairman of UMNO Pagoh, Datuk Shahruddin Md Salleh; former Umno Youth exco Mohd Rafiq Naizamohideen and former Umno Youth chief Bendang Baru, Akhramsyah Muammar Ubaidah Sanusi. Mahathir’s trusted aide, Syed Saddiq will become “le commandant” of the youth wing to get the influence from the young people.

Though most of its leadership members are former Umno leader, it does not help to improve the integrity of PPBM in supporting the aspirations of the opposition. It appears that they looked like UMNO all the same, just a bit of disagreement. In another way, how about their cooperation with Pakatan Harapan? There are a few factions in the opposition that still can’t befriend with Mahathir due to the history of Anwar Ibrahim. “Anwarism” hardliner still blame Mahathir on the 1998 crisis and his treatment towards Anwar.

With a chance of defeating BN in the next general election dwindling, conquering “Putrajaya” may not be robust enough to be a reason for cooperation – in the real sense. However, Pakatan leaders do not have a choice unless being part of Mahathir plan. BN already sense that Pakatan Harapan in weak position because of disparity among them.

Today, people already split with partisan politics, which divided into the opposition and government supporters. Opposition supporters will give their undivided support to the leadership PPBM, and supporters of the government will not agree with everything. So, do we care?

Benjamin Razif is an avid reader of Malaysian Access. Article written is his personal view and it does not have to do with the Malaysian Access.


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