Pakatan Rakyat – a basic problem unresolved

Currently there is a myth going on that the reason Pakatan Rakyat could not register their coalition and thus making it an official and fully registered entity is because the Registrar of Society has blocked their application to do so.

This is what most of Pakatan fans believed as fact.

Obviously in order to justify their own leaders’ culpability and inefficiency, they are willing to believe in lies and propaganda. Just like the case of the sex videos of their leaders, they will even choose not to believe their own eyes.

Initially there was a brouhaha that in order for political parties to form a registered coalition, there must have at least seven registered parties as members. This seemed to ruled out the loose pact of DAP, PAS and PKR to be registered. But in October 2009, ROS clarified that;

“The condition does not apply to political parties as they enjoy a national status. Only state-level organisation aspiring to become a national entity needs to have seven members from the states”.

Hence, the opposition parties were eligible to register as a coalition as the requirement of having at least seven component parties does not apply to them. Zaid Ibrahim (remember him?) was tasked to perform this duty and act as the pro-tem chairman of Pakatan Rakyat.

Those were the confusing times indeed due to the fact that Zaid had also applied a six month leave from PKR over some undisclosed reasons.

By November 2009, they finally applied to be registered but sensing that Zaid might pull a fast one on them, in February 2010, Pakatan Rakyat claimed it had made a fresh application to ROS as “Pakatan Rakyat Malaysia” because the name ‘Pakatan Rakyat’ is still being registered and processed under Zaid Ibrahim’s name as the pro-tem chairman.

Meanwhile the ROS refuted that Pakatan had indeed made a new application.

However, the fact remains that the ROS could not consider any other application that have the same phrase in it – Pakatan Rakyat.

Its chief, Abdul Rahman said that Pakatan must submit a fresh application to enable the authority to proceed with their duty.

“There is no malice or double standards about their application but how could we process when their application is still under the name of the president of another party? How could we approve when the application to register Pakatan Rakyat is still associated with a person who is no longer with them,… how could I approve it?”

Since Zaid Ibrahim left PKR the following year, the application came to a dead end, especially when Zaid established KITA (Parti Kesejahteraan Insan Tanah Air) as its president.

Before he left PKR, he had proposed that Nik Aziz should be the official chairman of Pakatan Rakyat instead of Anwar Ibrahim or Abdul Hadi Awang. This caused further animosity between him and the Pakatan rulers.

His parting remarks were:

“Those who want to continue to hallucinate and dream for Anwar can continue to support him, but those who want to see real politics, based on substantive policies, policies that are real, that are not interested to only perpetuate a certain personality like him, they may want to choose my party.

What has Anwar stood for? If you look at his struggles, what? What helped him was his black eye incident. He was convicted for corruption and abuse of power, and when he was deputy prime minister, what reform did he do? Look back at the facts”.

Obviously Zaid Ibrahim and the leaders in Pakatan Rakyat should have sorted out this impasse way before it gets complicated. Part of the problem is the inability of Pakatan leaders to choose an appropriate and majority-approved logo and more importantly, submit the coalition’s organisational structure from its chairman all the way to its exco members.

They were also finding difficulties in drafting the coalition’s Constitution.

How can they? Pakatan Rakyat is filled with parties where their ideologies are poles apart.

But they had the whole of 2011 till now to register the coalition once and for all but they chose to remain lackadaisical in their effort. It is highly important that they must register the coalition soonest possible.

Remember what happened in Perak state assembly in early 2009? The Yang DiPertuan Agong might not want a loose pact with different ideologies administering this country unless they can prove that they can indeed work together. He might want to learn from the mistakes made by Sultan Azlan of Perak; whom had consented an Adun from a party (PAS) that won a smaller number of seats in Perak to be the head of Perak state government.

When loyalty is tested and dissatisfaction arose among party members, and with just 3 seats changed hands, the state government fell. And the rest is history.

One can wonder if DAP, PKR and PAS win a majority of seats in this Sunday’s general election, the Agong or the Constitution might not recognise an unregistered pact as the ruling government even though their leader, Anwar Ibrahim holds the majority of the Pakatan MPs. How could he be a leader of a coalition when his post and even the coalition itself is not recognised by the law?

Barisan Nasional on the other hand is fully registered and it enters the general election as ONE entity with good track record of highly effective cooperation among its members. Please be aware that in the eyes of the law, Pakatan Rakyat enters the election as small separate entities of DAP, PKR and PAS.

There will be chaos in Parliament. PAS might jump ship and formally becomes a partner of Barisan Nasional with just a simple letter informing the ROS about the inclusion of a new member. Or DAP could enter a deal with Barisan Nasional and leave PKR and PAS in the abyss.

These are the possibilities of what may happen should the loose and unregistered coalition, proudly but illegally known as Pakatan Rakyat wins the election.

And when that happens, one can look back and realise that if this basic problem of registering their coalition could not even be solved, then they should just forget about managing bigger sets of problems such as, managing a whole country.