IPOH: Barisan Nasional component parties unhappy with Umno’s “arrogance” should pull out of the coalition and join Pakatan Rakyat (PR), said a Perak Parti Keadilan (PKR) Youth leader.
Perak PKR Youth Information deputy chief Chang Lih Kang said there were Barisan parties which share the same views as PR in issues like abolishing draconian laws and fair and equitable treatment for all races.
Barisan component parties could not implement such policies because Umno, as the dominant party in the coalition, did not endorse their views, he said.
Unfortunately, they had no choice but to concede and “kowtow” (be submissive) to Umno, he added.
Chang, who is also Teja assemblyman, said it was time for them to re-consider their political positioning.
By joining PR, they would not only have the opportunity to realise their policies but also end the era of racial politics in Malaysia, he said on Saturday night during a forum entitled “The move towards a two-party system – how are young politicians making changes?” organised by the Youth wing of the Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall.
Chang’s proposal came in the midst of persistent talk of Barisan MPs crossing over to join Pakatan Rakyat.
Chang made the proposal after Perak MCA organising secretary Dr Mah Hang Soon spoke about Umno becoming arrogant, saying MCA felt this was not right.
Dr Mah acknowledged his party had previously made compromises within the Barisan, resulting in MCA being accused of lacking courage.
The Chenderiang assemblyman, MCA’s sole representative in Perak, said he disagreed with party hopping because it was an unhealthy practice. – The Star