KUALA LUMPUR: Both Pakatan Rakyat and Barisan Nasional (BN) are now in a mess, which may lead to a realignment of political forces, veteran Umno lawmaker Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah said yesterday.
He said all parties go through evolutionary processes and nothing in politics lasts.
“We in BN have our problems, so we are no different [from Pakatan]. MIC has problems. Umno appears to have [problems] as well,” the Gua Musang Member of Parliament told reporters in the Parliament lobby.
When asked if this would result in new alignments formed between political parties, he replied: “I’ve never heard anything is impossible. In politics, everything is possible.
“And nothing lasts. A friend today can be an enemy tomorrow. An enemy tomorrow may be a good friend the day after tomorrow.”
Rumours are rife that Tengku Razaleigh, popularly known as Ku Li, is being touted as head of a possible unity government, a move that even DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang endorsed last month.
When asked whether BN or Pakatan was in a bigger mess, Tengku Razaleigh laughed and said: “I don’t know, I’m not in the other mess. I’m only in this mess.
“So, I wouldn’t know which is bigger, which is smaller. But problems are problems.”
He added that Pakatan’s move to dissolve was “good” as it may help strengthen the opposition.
“I think they must be prepared to take bold steps in order to introduce measures that will be in sync. In sync with the young people, especially,” said the Kelantan prince.
Last month, Tengku Razaleigh had called for an end to religion- and race-based parties, and urged the country to move towards an open system which accommodates the needs of younger Malaysians.
He added that the concept of being race-based was especially self-defeating for Umno, which, he said, was facing problems expanding its membership and attracting youths. — The Malaysian Insider
This article first appeared in The Edge Financial Daily, on June 17, 2015.