KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 15 – DAP lawmaker Charles Santiago says Pakatan Rakyat needs to re-strategize its approach in keeping the coalition stronger and not just focusing on Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. In a statement, the Klang Member of Parliament said that the Opposition Coalition needed to go beyond Anwar.
“The call for reforms and change cannot be focused around one man, although he has been the glue that kept the pact together.” He went on to say that Anwar’s incarceration has given a new lease of life to Pakatan Rakyat. The Opposition leader was recently sentenced to a five year jail term after he was convicted of sodomising his former aide.
“We need to use this opportunity to band together stronger than before because we have a common enemy.” Santiago went on to urge Pakatan Rakyat to “sit up”, look at their flaws and buck up in order to show the public they could lead Malaysia. PR, he stressed, needed to keep their promises to the electorate instead of quarreling with one another.
The Opposition bloc, Santiago wrote, could not afford to gloss over sticking points, which were threatening to drive a deeper wedge amongst the coalition partners. He said it was time they made a bold stand about keeping Malaysia secular apart from protecting the fundamental rights for all Malaysians. “But we cannot do so if we are busy bickering among ourselves. “Or our next strategies would be zeroed out.”