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The last thing DAP or Harapan needs is a gag order

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 “The crisis consists precisely in the fact that the old is dying and the new cannot be born; in this interregnum a great variety of morbid symptoms appear.”

– Antonio Gramsci, Prison Notebooks

COMMENT | You know what the real crisis in Harapan is? The fact that more Pakatan Harapan politicians do not speak up.

If DAP members follow the “internal memo” by Lim Kit Siang urging them to voice their grievances through the proper channels – especially when these concern other coalition partners – this would sound its death knell.

Part of it is optics. As a political party which has accused the MCA of being “running dogs” for their Malay partners, the sight of your own members mewling in the corner does not look good. Better to yap in the open even if it means getting return fire than becoming what you claimed would never happen to DAP.

Secondly, it is cathartic. The people who voted for Harapan wanted change. They were told that this could happen even though the coalition was partnering with the main architect of old Malaysia.

When the grand poohbah starts acting up, the sight of politicians putting up a fight, is exactly what a dejected base needs...

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