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Pakatan’s ‘disunity in themes’ draws flak

 | August 8, 2012

Several Barisan Nasional leaders poured scorn on Pakatan Rakyat over the decision to use three separate themes for the Merdeka Day celebration.

PETALING JAYA: Pakatan Rakyat’s multiple themes for the Merdeka Day celebrations continued to receive brickbats from Barisan Nasional leaders today.

MCA Youth chief Wee Ka Siong said it was ironic that Pakatan came up with the theme “Sebangsa, Senegara, Sejiwa” (One Nation, One Country, One Soul) when Kedah and Kelantan were having their own separate themes.

“And representatives from PAS, PKR and DAP sit side by side in press conferences as if they have a common agenda when they can’t even agree to a common national day theme,” he said.

Yesterday, Pakatan leaders announced that they would use the theme “Sebangsa, Senegara, Sejiwa” for Merdeka Day after it rejected the government’s “Janji Ditepati” them which the former claimed was an attempt by the ruling coalition to hijack the national day celebrations.

However, this theme would only be used by the opposition controlled states of Penang and Selangor.

Whereas the two other Pakatan-helmed states Kedah and Kelantan would use the themes “Terus Berbakti” and “Menerajui Perubahan” respectively.

Wee said that by using there separate themes for Merdeka, it only showed that the three parties in the opposition pact were disunited and self-centered.

The deputy education minister also said that Pakatan’s action only ridiculed the nation’s founding fathers’ contribution in securing Independence.

“It’s also a mockery of the opposition’s own supporters and those who participated in the competition to select a new theme. Do they (Pakatan) know the meaning of unity?” asked Wee.

MCA Youth education bureau chairman Chong Sin Woon echoed Wee’s sentiments saying their separate Merdeka Day theme only showed the opposition pact’s disunity.

“Malaysia will be doomed if they capture Putrajaya. Their bickering and conflicting policies will spill over into the public domain,” he said.

Chong said that instead of insulting the government for its national day theme, Pakatan leaders should convince its own state leaderships to accept a common theme for themselves.

Umno supreme council member Rais Yatim went a step further and accused Pakatan of copying an Information Department’s theme on national unity published in its books in 2009.

“Not only Pakatan is desperate but they also lacking in ideas. That’s why they copied the Information Ministry’s work and claimed it as their own,” he reportedly told Bernama.


Meanwhile, political analyst Wong Chin Huat said the Kedah and Kelantan state governments should explain why they refused to use a common theme as agreed by the Pakatan leadership.

“I think the public deserves an explanation. If they can’t even agree on a common theme, what if it comes down to calling for election?” he asked.

Even if the states had decided on their themes earlier, Wong said the states administration could always reverse their decision for the sake of uniformity.

“But all of Pakatan’s themes are definitely better than the government’s theme since ‘Janji Ditepati” is partisan in nature,” he added.

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