A former minister has told DAP’s Zairil Khir Johari to “get a real feel” of Malaysian politics before wanting to emulate political coalitions in Germany.
In a series of tweets, Zaid Ibrahim said the country needed to unite to fight racism and authoritarian ideologies, amongst others.
Zaid also disagreed with the Penang DAP vice-chairman’s citation of Germany as an example of countries that had successful coalitions despite parties subscribing to different ideologies.
“Zairil, we are not a democracy like Germany. We are trying to have one. So our allies must want democracy.”
The former Kota Bharu lawmaker said only when Malaysia became a democracy could politicians have allies who want “more of healthcare or less of environment or more of workers’ rights.”
Earlier today, Zairil noted that the conservative Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU) was ruling some states in a coalition with The Greens, which itself was a component of a merger with the Alliance 90.
These two parties, Zairil explained, had very different ideologies, yet were able to form governments together in certain states.
In some states, as well as at the federal level, the two parties remained rivals.
Zairil said this in response to Zaid’s speech on Monday that the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) coalition fell apart because it had been based on convenience rather than shared principles.
In June last year, PR – a coalition that comprised PKR, DAP and PAS, formed in 2008 – was declared dead following a fallout between the DAP and PAS over hudud.
While the Islamist party is pushing for the implementation of the shariah-based law in Kelantan, the DAP is dead against it, arguing that this was against the Federal Constitution.
The Opposition has since formed Pakatan Harapan, a new coalition that consists of PKR, DAP and Amanah, the last of which is a PAS-splinter party.
FMT Reporters Online