The Malaysian Insider
KUALA LUMPUR, March 27 – Umno Youth today suggested that all quarters, including the media, cease using the term “Pakatan Pakyat” to refer to the opposition pact because the loose coalition of opposition parties is not a legitimate entity.
Langkawi Umno Youth Chief Nor Saidi Nayan said the entity called Pakatan Rakyat was not a registered or an approved organisation under the Registrar of Societies’ rules and regulations.
“When was the Pakatan Rakyat approved as an organisation and who made the approval? If there are no approvals, why should the government, our party and the mass media promote this illegal organisation?
“We should ban the use of the term Pakatan Rakyat or any term in reference to any unregistered organisation,” he said when debating the president’s policy speech at the Umno General Assembly here today.
Nor Saidi said that Barisan Nasional (BN), a registed entity comprising political parties which represent the interest of the country’s multiracial community, cannot be equated with the opposition coalition.
“Who is this Pakatan Rakyat?” he asked.
Some people never cease to amaze me. Do you think by stopping publication of a reference term, people would forget it? Pakatan Rakyat, or if Encik Nor Saidi prefers it, coalition of KeAdilan-PAS-DAP came into prominance because of UMNO and BN's decreased level of performance as administrators of the nation. Does he seriously think by banning official channels to mention the term Pakatan Rakyat, all BN's problems will disappear?
Pak Lah spoke about reform. Najib spoke about reform and getting closer to the people and this beauty of a suggestion comes out.
By the way, merely being registered is not an absolute proof of legitimacy, e.g. Balkis (which was de-registered as easily as well). Some of the most powerful coalitions were not registered. The Americans, British, Soviet Union, Canadians, Australians, New Zealanders, Chinese, Dutch, Vichy French etc came together as a coalition and defeated the Axis-power in World War II. Political-theme bloggers, much derided before 8 March 2008 as they had no registered status as controlled main-stream-media, also gained recognition from the official channels.
By the way, can someone confirm if Tunku Abdul Rahman's Alliance was registered? The Old UMNO was technically flawed as well, right?
Who is this Pakatan Rakyat? Among them, they have 5 Chief Ministers (or 4), a Parliament Opposition leader and 82 representative voices at the Parliament as well as many, many state assemblymen and women. That question actually disrespected tax payers and voters who have made their choices. Then again, in a democracy, everyone has the right to make himself or herself look stupid as long as he or she hurt no one else.