COMMENT BY YB PROF DR P.RAMASAMY, DEPUTY CHIEF MINISTER II, PENANG
A broad electoral front under the leadership of the PH is more than necessary as the GE15 is not far away. Whether it can be termed the big tent approach or broad united front it doesn’t matter.
What is needed is for the PH to establish a broad electoral front with fraternal political parties and organisations that are opposed to the BN or PN.
Umno, Bersatu and PAS are the parties that have pushed the country to the brink of disaster. Despite their differences in emphasis, they have no vision for a more progressive Malaysian society. Their extreme racial and religious rhetoric have divided the nation by pitting the races against one another.
The question before all like minded political parties and organisations is whether political power should be returned to Umno in the BM. Alternatively, whether Umno can be opposed and defeated in the GE15.
Haven’t we had enough of Umno for more than six decades. Haven’t we had enough of the BN coalition that led the country on the path of no return.
Ethnicity and religion have a powerful hold on the masses so much these twin elements are used to main the hegemony of Umno at the expense of the welfare and well-being of the people.
BN by losing power in the last general election made it possible for the PH government to crackdown on corruption involving a few top Umno leaders.
Without PH in power, the former prime minister Najib Razak would not have been convicted for corruption and not to mention about the other cases of corruption and money laundering by other Umno leaders.
But yet these leaders give the impression that they are popular with the masses giving rise to the perception that Umno might be returned to power.
All those who have been charged might emerge unscathed.
Najib might be free to walk the corridors of power.
The future of this great country might be lost forever.
There might not be another PH to checkmate Umno.
It is not too late for the opposition not just the PH but other like minded political parties and organisations to come together in an electoral alliance to stop the juggernaut of Umno.
PH alone might not have the strength and stamina to oppose Umno. In this respect, PH should cast aside minor differences with other potentially like minded parties to think of an broader electoral front.
I think that only through a broad electoral front that the opposition could prevent Umno or BN from coming to power.
An electoral front is merely strategy to deny votes to Umno. It is not an end itself, but means to larger and more fundamental end of creating a just and egalitarian society.
A society based on the rule of law, a political environment that checkmates ethnic and religious extremism and most importantly dismantling the oppressive structures, the source of divisive politics.