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Pakatan, don't put the cart before the horse

YOURSAY ‘Before you try to hatch eggs, you must first get the eggs. And then, think deeply on who should be mother hen to sit on the eggs.'

Hadi as PM? No problem, says Anwar

your sayGiudice: Pakatan Rakyat is falling into a trap by putting the cart before the horse. It has been accepted that Anwar Ibrahim shall be the PM if Pakatan wins.

This should be sufficient for the present. If and when Pakatan does win and there are objections to Anwar being PM, that is a matter that can be discussed then.

Pakatan members should therefore avoid the trap, and focus on what matters, that is, winning the elections, without which, talk of who should be PM is meaningless.

Anonymous_4031: Don't be fools, please. You want to hatch eggs without first getting the eggs. And without eggs, you don't get chickens.

Don't dream like the three Gerakan leaders in Penang just before the 2008 election. They dreamt about becoming Penang chief minister. And Dr Koh Tsu Koon, the then CM, enjoyed all the attention given to him, especially on issue of his anointed successor.

Speculators went to town, in coffee shops and mamak stalls wondering which of the three would get Koh's nod.

When the results came in, all three were wiped out by the political tsunami. And who became chief minister? DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng.

So, don't play God. In politics, just like in life, there are many twists and turns. So before you try to hatch eggs, you must first get the eggs. And then, think deeply who should be mother hen to sit on the eggs.

Guna Otak Sikit: Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim has been the glue that holds the opposition together. He is the focus that helps Pakatan to win the five states in the last election.

He is the one who has undergone the most challenges to reach this point of standing on the verge to taking over the government. He almost lost his life to challenge the system.

If he had stayed in Umno, Pakatan would never have existed. For that, I think he deserves to be the PM should Pakatan win the next election.

It is natural that other component parties of Pakatan would want to have a chance to hold the PM's post. Let's not be concerned over the PAS delegate's proposal. It is natural every party member wants their leader to be the PM.

Let Pakatan get over the hurdle of winning the election first.

Kee Thuan Chye: This Hadi Awang-for-PM idea is a trivial matter. It was merely a case of a PAS delegate suggesting it at the muktamar, which would naturally provoke other delegates to support the idea.

Anwar is shrewd enough to know that this is the case so he's not flustered at all. In any case, the decision of who will be PM if Pakatan wins won't be made by those PAS delegates. It will be made by the bigwigs of Pakatan, drawing consensus from all the three main partners in the coalition. So, please, let's not make a mountain out of a molehill.

Even The Star capitalised on it on its front page and spun it to scare non-Muslim voters as well as make it appear that Pakatan must be indecisive about who it wants to be PM. That, of course, is utter rubbish.

As Hadi and the other PAS people put it, PAS may not even command the highest number of seats won at GE13. Even more important, Pakatan may not even win Putrajaya. So why the fuss?

Nambekei 7: It does not matter who will be PM - in India, you can see Sonia Gandhi working well with Manmohan Singh. One, a half-Italian and the other, a man from an religious minority.

It should not be a problem so long as our leaders don't take us for a ride like the Umno goons.

Anj2208: The way I look at it, it's a healthy democracy process at work. Everybody can voice their views as long as it doesn't go against Pakatan's policies.

At the end of the day, the person that it favoured by the majority shall prevail. That's how Americans choose their president.

Onyourtoes: Go for collective leadership. It is a little clumsy and inefficient, but it should serve the country better given our diverse character.

Power should never be absolute. Over the years, too much power has gravitated and concentrated in the hands of the prime minister.

What is wrong if we make PM's consultation with top leaders of the coalition compulsory? Barack Obama is the president of the United States, but he must consult and seek agreement to get things done and that include key appointments in the judiciary and the cabinet.

We should try to do the same. We should go for institutions, not personalities. Indeed, PAS can't think outside the box.

Blind Freddo: Onyourtoes, this time I agree with you. The last thing Malaysia needs is an iconic leader the likes of Dr Mahathir Mohamad. Malaysians elevated him to the status of a demigod, he turned his status into that of a despot. But only because Malaysians allowed him to do so.

A PM is the leader of the ruling party/coalition and should have no more decision-making power than any MP. Anwar sees himself as another Mahathir, but Malaysians can't see past the fog of corruption to see what is really evolving before their eyes.


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