By Ajwad Amal
GOMBAK, 20 February 2016: The democracy process in Malaysia will be much easier if the opposition stands as one, Malaysia’s former Deputy Prime Minister, Tun Musa Hitam told a forum here in IIUM today.
“Things would have been easier if the opposition was one,” Musa said during a wrap-up session at the end of the forum. He added that it has become one of the biggest problems in Malaysia when the opposition had always been over one another.
“They nearly succeeded during previous general election. It shows the power of unity within that. But unfortunately, since then until now, I don’t think the opposition is doing better,” said Musa detailing that the main key in winning the election is to work for Malay votes. He gave an example of former Prime minister of Thailand, Thaksin Shinawatra who never lost in election because of the 100% support from the rural people.
“The opposition has got split units who are going for the same target. UMNO is going for the same target. So, UMNO has been dominant in the par and UMNO will turn up to be the winner,” Musa added.
Musa believed that UMNO /Barisan Nasional will still be the most important factor that has worked very hard to gain the Malay votes with all the resources available.
The forum ‘Frankly Speaking”: Tun Musa Hitam, A Recension was held at the Senate Hall of IIUM with the objective to discuss the book written by the former Deputy Prime Minister. The panelists at the forum were Datuk Abdul Jalil Hamid, Group Managing Editor of New Straits Times, Tay Tian Yan, Senior Editor of Sin Chew Jit Poh, and Dr. Khairil Izamin Ahmad, Political Science lecturer of IIUM. The forum was moderated by BERNAMA Chairman, Datuk Seri Azman Ujang.
Organised by Communication Media Centre (COMET) of IIUM, the event was also attended by the Rector of IIUM, Prof. Dato’ Sri Dr. Zaleha Kamarudin. ***
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