DAP: Opposition alliance is over
THE Malaysian opposition political alliance is no more, declared one of its three component parties yesterday, after bitter disputes over policy.
Democratic Action Party (DAP) chief Lim Guan Eng said his party would no longer work with its former partner, the Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS), with which the DAP has clashed over the latter's calls for strict Islamic law.
"Pakatan Rakyat (People's Pact) therefore ceases to exist," Mr Lim said in a statement.
Pakatan Rakyat was formed in 2008, uniting opposition parties that were up against the governing coalition, dominated by the United Malays National Organisation since independence in 1957.
Pakatan's break-up follows rising rancour between the secular DAP, which represents mostly ethnic Chinese, and PAS, which represents Malay Muslims - the majority group in Malaysia.