A lot of critics have been saying that a ‘marriage of convenience’ like Pakatan Rakyat will not last. How true it was? The truth is, the forming of Pakatan Rakyat after 2008 was glued together by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and with him out of the picture, the alliance just fell apart. And who went on to say things like ‘for the people’, ‘change’ and all that? It looks as if, that is all just talk for now.
2008 – Pakatan Rakyat took the Malaysian political scene by storm after giving Barisan Nasional its largest defeat.
Post GE12 – Pakatan Rakyat forms the state governments of Penang, Perak, Kelantan and most notably, Selangor, the richest state in Malaysia.
Perak will then fall into the hands of Barisan Nasional after 3 Pakatan politicians jumped ship. They are:
March 2013 – GE13. Pakatan Rakyat yet again wins by a larger margin. Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim continues to push for more change and a stronger coalition. It failed to regain Perak though.
29 March 2014 – Karpal Singh, the chairman of DAP dies tragically in a road accident. That means DAP now lost one of its most vocal leaders and one who is always against hudud.
10 February 2015 – Anwar is jailed for sodomy. He leaves behind the party for his wife Datuk Seri Wan Azizah to lead.
12 February 2015 – Datuk Seri Nik Aziz passes away, leaving behind a party which has its own infighting.
20 March 2015 – PAS passes the bill to implement hudud. DAP opposes.
June 2015 – PAS at its Muktamar ceases cooperation with DAP.
16 June 2015 – DAP announces that it will cease cooperating with PAS.
17 June – PKR announces that the Pakatan Rakyat is no more.
What is to become of this remains to be seen.
20 June – Lim Kit Siang hit out at Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang, the President of PAS for killing the Pakatan Rakyat pact ‘single-handedly’. He said that Abdul Hadi did not honour the party’s promise and responsibility at the Leadership Council of Pakatan when he breached the PR Common Policy Framework.
22 June – Media reports that it is time for Selangor Menteri Besar Azmin Ali to make a firm decision soon. This is because PKR is in ‘stuck’ in between the 2 parties and speculations have been rife that there could well be snap elections in the Selangor soon if nothing is resolved.