By Johan Jaafar
IT is almost unspoken, but many Malay leaders within the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government is beginning to believe that DAP is a liability to the coalition. There are some who believed that the woes bedevilling PH is largely because of DAP.
It all started well. PH won the 2018 general election. DAP was part of the team. The euphoria was unimaginable. A coalition of four parties representing the cross-section of a truly Malaysian society toppled a government that has been in power since the Independence. Not many believed that could be done. Even the most optimistic political analysts believed that Barisan Nasional (BN) could still win the election with a razor-thin majority.
But PH won. Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad led the country the second time. Changes were in the air. Hope was the key word. Expectations were high. They expected Tun Mahathir and his band of ministers would change Malaysia forever, for the better of course.
After all they got rid of a corrupt government and kleptocratic ruler in the form of Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
DAP was instrumental in that election. While the swing votes among the Malays was barely registered, the Chinese and Indians showed the way. Because of sheer numbers, even a 10 per cent swing among Malay voters affected the overall result.
The opposition before the election was harping on bread and butter issues involving the rakyat – high cost of living, price of essential goods and such. And they had a punching bag in the form of GST.
Of course, PH’s election manifesto promised the sun and the moon. If we win today, tomorrow we will abolish tolls. If we win today, we will abolish PTPTN, the loan scheme for students. There are many more promises which now PH must regret for putting them in their manifesto.
But the people want to see change. They want a better life. If the previous government was corrupt, they expect a better one. If the economy was bad before May 2018, they expect something better. And more importantly most Malaysians want a freer, fairer and more equitable Malaysia. They want race relations to improve.
None of the above has happened!