Wednesday, October 1, 2008

A Grand Coalition Government for Malaysia?

Well, well... The options are now laid out on the table.

In an interview arranged by The Nut Graph, constitutional lawyer Tommy Thomas proposes this fourth option in charting Malaysia's political future:
The other thing I would like to suggest is, in times of crisis, [perhaps] it is a good time for the formation of a national government. A government of all parties — a grand coalition.

We have the example of the Barisan Nasional (BN). After the events of 13 May, Prime Minister Tun Abdul Razak formed the BN in 1974 (by inviting opposition parties like Gerakan, the People's Progressive Party and PAS to join the Alliance; only DAP and Parti Sosialis Rakyat Malaysia refused to join the coalition).

A grand BN-PR coalition government? Hmmm, now that's food for thought.

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