Yesterday it was a polling day for the UK. Of course, not the general election but local council election and voting referendum. Having missed out on last year general election, alhamdulillah this year I managed to cast my vote. Special thanks to latip for the reminder.
Although it is just a local council election, many consider this election as a yardstick to measure how well the coalition government in the UK had performed. I still remember that last year when the Tories and LibDem announced their coalition, many casted their doubt on whether this coalition government will survive as both parties have different policy and agenda. The LibDems manifesto are more close to the Labour manifesto so it is not a complicated thing to understand why people doubted this coalition government. Even Piers Morgan boldly said that he predicts that the coalition will lasts only till December 2010.
Well the coalition is still standing but of course, the tuition fees issue somehow affected the LibDems camp. They promised not to increase the tuition fees but it is not the same promise by the Conservatives. And once the tuition fees were increased, Nick Clegg is the one who suffered the most. I received a pamphlet from the ‘No to AV’ campaign in which they fully exploited the ‘broken promises by Clegg’ premise to gather public support. And the results of the local council election struck a real blow to the LibDems. They lost many seats that they previously held and even Nick’s constituency, Sheffield had gone to the Labour. Clearly, the public expressed their dissatisfaction towards the LibDems in this election.
Having seeing this, I started to think that it is very difficult to have a coalition government in which both parties have different policies and stands. People voted you for your promises and manifestos and once you broke the promises that you have made, it is very hard to earn the trust from the public. This scenario could be a good guidance for the political scenario in Malaysia. Both Barisan and Pakatan, if they win the election they will form the coalition government and from my observation, I could see some differences in the opinions and stands from both camp. MCA have different views about UMNO invitation for PAS, Pakatan had an argument about the Sarawak shadow cabinet, these two issues are proofs of the problems within both coalition pact.
And to make it more interesting, the political scenario in Malaysia will always be involved with religions and races. Barisan may have a proven track record of their ability to convince their coalition friends in running the country although there were corruptions, misconducts within their ranks. But for Pakatan, they have to start to think on how they would run the country if they were to be given mandate from the people. The reason why I mention this is because let us refer to wine issue in Selangor in which there were different views regarding the sell of the liqour. And at the moment I think, there is no a clear indication on which party is the main player in the PR coalition. But of course, through discussions these issue could be resolved.
Again, personally I think that a coalition government is somehow vulnerable. What do you think?