Salleh: PH solidarity a pale shadow of BN consensus

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KUALA LUMPUR: The opposition pack of Pakatan Harapan is unlikely to be able to challenge the ruling Barisan Nasional in the next general election because it has failed to show solidarity in terms of cooperation among its component parties, says Communications and Multimedia Minister Salleh Said Keruak.

He said unlike the power-sharing and tolerance practised in BN, PH was struggling for positions that had led to the creation of three top posts.

“PH is just a cute icing on the cake from the outside but fragile inside … like being together but having varying opinions,” he said in a post today on his blog that acclaimed the BN’s politics of consensus as the most successful.

Salleh drew attention to the words of political scientist Prof Arend Lijphart at a conference of world political scientists in 1967, in which the latter said that the best political system for managing a plural country was by way of political consensus, that involved the cooperation of parties of various races in a huge alliance.

“Malaysia is the most successful model of a country practising this system. All along, the Alliance and then the BN won every general election despite facing various issues and challenges,” he said.

Salleh, who is also Umno treasurer, said the failure of the PH pact to establish cooperation among the opposition component parties showed that BN’s politics of consensus was the best for the country.

“This is because the power-sharing and tolerance among the races have proven to be the most appropriate to administer Malaysia with its plural society,” he said.