As speculation of an early general election grows, political party leaders are mooting all sorts of alliances and pacts.
While a ‘big tent’ approach or coalition-building, including forging Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs), ahead of the election may sound like grand plans to win more seats, what this also means is that Malaysia’s political parties do not have the confidence to emerge victorious on their own merit.
All this pre-election talk of alliances and pacts by certain prominent politicians suggests an erosion of leadership and a lack of confidence in their own political parties’ abilities.
It also hints at how corrupt and deceptive some of our politicians have become that they need to collaborate with other parties as they desperately try to find a shortcut to power.
When a decades-old political party cannot stand on its own merit, when it is unable to propagate a manifesto that its leaders can deliver, when it is not confident about showcasing its past services to the people, it may try to collaborate with other parties in an alliance of convenience. But this would be an attempt to deceive the voters.
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The most honourable thing for such political parties to do in these circumstances would be to form a coalition or engage in power-sharing only after they have marched through the polls as independent parties, on their own merit. Only then can we know for sure that these parties are truly committed to nation-building.
To all our political party leaders, let us hear your response.
In the meantime, voters must tell off politicians who are forging alliances of convenience ahead of the general election and let them know that such moves are just as shameful a ploy as switching sides after an election.