What’s next Pakatan Rakyat?

That's the frequently asked question about the loose opposition-coalition which had been relatively silent after its failed Sept 16 coup-de-tat. The list of the so called "hoppers" have yet to be revealed, and Barisan Nasional is still the government of the day.

Recently PAS Parit Buntar MP Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa claimed that Pakatan had sought an audience with the King and would produce the names of the MPs who had bailed out of Barisan.

Clearly this is just another ploy by the coalition to convince the people and supporters that they have the means to form the government. And this time they've brought in the monarchy to legalise their move.

“They know that it will be difficult to convince the people this time around because Anwar Ibrahim had failed to deliver when he said he would, after winning the Permatang Pauh seat. So now they using another tactic - seeking the blessings of the King," said a former journalist.

Despite Mujahid's assurance that the coalition would not resort to "unconstitutional, unconventional and undemocratic means" to come to power, forming the back door government in itself is undemocratic.

The people have already spoken. So let the government of the day continue with its task.

"Pakatan should just wait for the next general election if they want to get the respect and vote of the people. They should not resort to underhanded means such as buying off the MPs," added the ex-journalist.

But of course being politicians, Pakatan is seizing the opportunity to convince the people just when UMNO and Barisan Nasional are at their weakest. Another opportunity like this might not come again when Umno manages to restore its integrity after the transition plan, which is expected to iron out whatever problems they have.

The plan’s first move is already in motion, when Abdullah Ahmad Badawi appointed his deputy Mohd Najib Tun Razak as the Finance Minister.

The former journalist also added that if the opposition failed to seize the opportunity now, they feared that such a chance would never come again.

“So they are trying their very best to put their plan in motion before the transition,” he added

A writer, whose letter was published in The Star recently hit the nail on the head when he said what the people needed now was less politicking and more action. There are many urgent matters affecting them, such as illegal immigrants, spiralling food prices, wayward youths, the education system, etc.

Instead of making a Machiavelian move to achieve their dreams they should put their minds together and solve the problems faced by the people. – Sept 22, 2008