Mahathir and Muhyiddin must portray themselves as the saviours or reformers of UMNO and not as its destroyers. They must explain why reform of UMNO is only possible if Najib’s UMNO is defeated at GE14. They must counter the charge of disloyalty by claiming to be Hang Tuah saving UMNO from Najib’s bad intentions.
The opposition parties disagree on too many things to be able to form a stable government for 5 years. But they all agree on the need to change the government and fight corruption. Therefore, they should be able to form a temporary coalition to fight GE14 on a platform that they will rule for only 1 year to implement a limited, specific and agreed program of institutional reform and repeal of oppressive laws.
Poll to choose top 10 items for Citizens’ Manifesto
Election manifestos do not appear to have any effect on election results in Malaysia. This may be because Malaysian politics is personality driven and not policy driven, manifestos are too long, or because there is no input from the public and civil society. For GE14 a manifesto is a vital tool for uniting a divided opposition. The Citizen’s Manifesto is an electronic database which allows the public to contribute ideas for inclusion in political manifestos.
Rafizi is right in wanting to maintain ties with PAS but wrong in believing that PAS will help Pakatan Harapan win GE14 without wanting a say on government policy. But a limited time, limited program opposition pact is possible, credible and can produce a winning combination of UMNO dissidents, PAS, PKR, DAP, and Amanah.