Jun 18, 2008

Towards Two-Party System

The formation of Pakatan Rakyat (PR) helps to transform our nation’s political arena. Malaysia’s politics has been dominated by a single coalition for more than 50 years, the formation of PR coalition make it as the alternative to Barisan Nasional (BN). Vote for BN or PR enable one of them to rule for 5 years. In the duration, people will make decision on whom to vote, this guarantee the nations progress. I am not talking in favor of supporting any party, but it reflects the real democracy in our nation. Let people decide which coalition qualified to lead and rule. I believe that every citizen expect the changes from the new ruling government. Of course, the commitment surely to the coalition that fulfill people’s expectations and who kept their promises.

PM and DPM trying to fulfill their promises

Such two-coalition party system, which allows voters to choose two viable parties. Developed nations who practice this system such as the United States, Britain, and Canada, has proven system's effectiveness. This situation also happens in developing countries like Jamaica, and India. There are very clear move by most of the developing nations towards the form of two-party system; hence I optimist that the PR coalition will stay on track to compete with BN. Not like the circumstances in 1999, which the Barisan Alternatif (BA) coalition shattered because of their ideology dissimilarity. DAP, PAS, KeADILan and PRM made their debut in the 10th general election. After the election, DAP decided to leave the coalition and remain as a coalition-free party after the lost of the DAP hardcore-Lim Kit Siang and Karpal Singh and the conflict of ideologies. PAS and KeADILan as Barisan Alternatif (BA) continued their struggle in 2004 general election.

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Now in 2008, after 50 years of independent, the coalition becomes stronger with a different story. They emerged at the end, right after few months of general election. This time with a new identity as Pakatan Rakyat. The joint of three parties- DAP,PAS and PKR has agreed to give emphasis on the national issue rather than struggling their party's ideology. The win in 5 states and the denial of the 2/3 majority in parliament will create a new dimension of Malaysia. Both coalitions must work all out to fulfill election's manifesto.

I hope the coalition never destroyed like happened after 10th general election, ruling party must makes it clear that peoples interest comes first before party ideology.

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