KUALA LUMPUR, 26 Oct 2009: The differences occurring within the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) should create awareness among the people that the coalition does not have the capability to discharge their responsibility, said Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
The Deputy Prime Minister said that the various problems that had cropped up in the states under the opposition coalition showed that there was no consensus among the PR’s leaders.
“We outside the Pakatan Rakyat knew much earlier that they could not work together although they tried to show that they have forged close cooperation among themselves,” he told reporters after opening the National Asset and Facility Management (Nafam) Convention today.
Muhyiddin said DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang had also admitted in his blog that public confidence in the opposition pact was declining due to the failure of the leaders in convincing Malaysians about their credibility.
In his posting yesterday, Lim remarked that “Pakatan Rakyat had been suffering a prolonged and unceasing bout of loss of public confidence in the past eight months because of the failure of the Pakatan Rakyat leaders to exercise responsibility and discipline in their respective parties to convince the Malaysian electorate [of] its credibility, cohesion, integrity and common sense of purpose.”
Muhyiddin said Lim’s statement should make the people realise that the PR did not have the capacity and cohesion that could gain the people’s confidence.
“This is really worrying, if they don’t administer the states under their rule properly, then all the development brought by the BN (Barisan Nasional) government all this while would be affected.
“This will affect the people and voters in the states concerned,” he said.
Former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, in a separate media conference after attending the opening of the convention, said the opposition leaders only knew how to criticise. But when they were given the opportunity to administer the states, they had no capability, he added.
“Now, they have formed the government (in some states). They don’t know how to behave except to become the opposition. Now they are opposing among themselves because they need to oppose and criticise people. That’s what they are good for.
“But when it comes to doing things, then they know. It’s not so easy. Governing the country is not so easy, it’s very difficult…,” he said. — Bernama