Barisan Rakyat the next opposition coalition?

 |Sep 23, 2016
Pribumi leader Mukhriz Mahathir has hinted that Barisan Rakyat, which was originally launched in 2008, would be revived to merge all opposition to face-off Barisan Nasional in straight fights in GE14.
Pribumi leader Mukhriz Mahathir has hinted that Barisan Rakyat, which was originally launched in 2008, could be revived to merge all opposition to face-off Barisan Nasional in straight fights in GE14.

Mukhriz Mahathir wants to re-launch Barisan Rakyat that was first launched in February 2008.

DAP wants to dissolve the Selangor Assembly and call for early state elections.

Azmin does not agree to this because he knows that would mean the end of him, as a new menteri besar would be appointed after the state elections.

When we announced the launch of Barisan Rakyat, Malaysiakini asked DAP’s Lim Kit Siang about the matter and he denied any knowledge of the issue — whereas Ronnie Liu, as representative of DAP, had attended the launch of Barisan Rakyat at the Blog House.

A few weeks later, towards the end of February 2008, they announced the launch of Pakatan Rakyat, comprising of only three parties — PAS, PKR and DAP — instead of six parties as originally planned.

It was clear that DAP decided what should happen and PAS and PKR just followed.

That is the same when DAP decided to close down Pakatan Rakyat and form Pakatan Harapan so that PAS could be replaced with PAN, DAP’s new Islamic party.

Mukhriz had better talk to Lim Kit Siang before opening his mouth because what happens will be what Lim Kit Siang and DAP wish to happen.

If not, it is not going to happen.

That was our experience in 2008 and again in 2013.

In fact, one of the main issues they had with PAS was that Abdul Hadi Awang did not support DAP’s choice of menteri besar, Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, and instead supported Azmin Ali.

Now DAP wants to dissolve the Selangor Assembly and call for early state elections so that Azmin can be replaced with DAP’s choice of candidate for menteri besar.

That is why Azmin is opposed to early state elections, because he knows he is going to be ousted if they hold early state elections … Read More

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Raja Petra Kamarudin or RPK, cousin to the Selangor Sultan, is one of Malaysia's earliest online 'citizen journalists'. He started his website in 1995 before the internet 'explosion' triggered by the Reformasi movement in September 1998. Malaysia Today was launched as a blog in August 2004 and is one of the few pioneer blogs still active and posting articles on a daily basis 24-7. RPK, 66 years old, has been writing since 1990.