The various combinations and permutations in the Malaysian political arena, not only in the ruling coalition of UMNO/BN parties but in the Opposition, seem to be the hot topic of the day.
Yesterday, there was the grand announcement of new political alignment and co-operation between PAS and Perkasa, but such a development would not forestall the holding of three-cornered fights in the 14th General Election which must be held in 2018.
May be one way to avoid three-cornered fights in 14th General Election is for PAS to concentrate in Kelantan, Terengganu, Kedah and Perlis while Parti AMANAH Negara focuses on all the other states, subject to adjustments to the arrangement by two political parties.
This may or may not be a workable proposition as I have not discussed it with any other political party or personality.
But it is an indication that Malaysia is in unchartered waters as far as political developments are concerned, as illustrated by the Monday gathering of former UMNO/BN government “big guns”, led by former Prime Minister, Tun Mahathir, his arch rival Tengku Raleigh Hamzah, former Deputy Prime Minister and current UMNO Deputy President Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, former Rural and Regional Development Minister and current UMNO National Vice President Datuk Shafie Apdal, former Cabinet Minister and former UMNO Secretary-General Tan Sri Sanusi Junid and two ex-MCA Presidents Tun Ling Liong Sik and Datuk Seri Ong Tee Kiat ganging up against Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak for the misuse of Security Offences (Special Measures) Act (Sosma) against Khairuddin Abu Hassan and his lawyer Matthias Chang.
Is it possible that in the forthcoming Parliamentary meeting beginning on Monday, new political breakthroughs will take place where UMNO/BN Members of Parliament are prepared to rise above narrow individual and party considerations to take a common stand with Pakatan Harapan Members of Parliament to save Malaysia?
What will be the position of PAS Members of Parliament in such al situation?
A new political approach is needed if Malaysia is to avert being hit by a “perfect storm” with a multitude of political, economic, good governance and nation building crises all happening at the same time.
Whether Malaysia can avert such a “perfect storm” will depend on the wisdom and maturity of the present batch of Members or Parliament, regardless of political party, race, religion or region.