Mahdzir Khalid, the chairman of Kedah Barisan Nasional is doubtful that the opposition Pakatan Rakyat coalition (of PKR, DAP and PAS) won't last long.
It's true that previously, DAP and PAS are at loggerhead on PAS ideas of establishing Malaysia as an Islamic states. However, it is impossible for PAS to do that, unless all the winning member of parliaments are PAS members. Otherwise, mathematically PAS does not have the number in order for them to change the constitution and convert Malaysia as an Islamic state.
Mahdzir Khalid is boastful that BN enjoyed a good working relationship. Of course he is correct as BN is ruled by UMNO and all the component parties of BN like MCA, MIC and other peanut parties from Sabah and Sarawak kow-tow to UMNO.
UMNO rules BN with iron-fist. All other "yes man" BN component parties bow down to UMNO rule.
Extracted from: nst.com.my/Current_News/NST/Thursday/National/2202725/Article/index_html (Apr 03, 2008)
Mahdzir: Coalition won't last
ALOR STAR: Kedah Barisan Nasional chairman Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid believes the Pakatan Rakyat will not last.
He said the DAP had on many occasions objected to Pas' intention of creating an Islamic state.
"Now, they are talking about a grouping to work on common goals. I seriously doubt their sincerity," he said after chairing the state BN meeting here yesterday.
Mahdzir was asked to comment on the establishment of a formal coalition between Pas, DAP and Parti Keadilan Rakyat known as Pakatan Rakyat.
He said it was common knowledge that Pas president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang and DAP chairman Karpal Singh had been at loggerheads over the Islamic state plan.
"The tripartite grouping is merely a political expediency. That is all and it will not last."
In contrast, he said the component parties under the BN enjoyed a good working relationship.
"The main parties - Umno, MCA and MIC - have worked together for more than 50 years.
"This relationship has served as a strong foundation for the ruling party to serve the people well."