In 1990, it was DAP that decided to enter into an opposition alliance with Semangat 46 but not with PAS. In 1999, it was again DAP that decided to enter into an opposition alliance with PAS but in 2001 DAP divorced from the alliance and went solo. Then came the 2008 general election when DAP once again announced the formation of Pakatan Rakyat and after the 2013 general election announced Pakatan Rakyat no longer exists.
Even though they are supposed to work on the basis of consensus, all the decisions and announcements were made by Kit Siang and not by any of the other coalition leaders. Since 1990 until now Kit Siang has demonstrated that DAP calls the shots and they decide what happens even though they claim everyone in the opposition coalition are equal partners. However, Kit Siang’s actions over the last 30 years or so have shown that only what DAP wants matters and if anyone does not follow what DAP wants they will get kicked out.
Kit Siang’s past actions shows that DAP is the de facto leader of the opposition. With the majority seats that DAP has compared to all the others, DAP dictates what happens. The so-called partnership with PPBM is merely to give Pakatan a Malay face to present to the Malay voters. Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is merely a front to win Malay votes and is being presented as the so-called leader of the opposition but who has no power to decide what happens even on matters such as seats. DAP has always called the shots and decides what happens.
Salleh Said Keruak