When Raja Petra and Haris Ibrahim set up the Malaysian Civil Liberties Movement (MCLM) in London not too long ago, much confusion was caused ……. no thanks to the local media fueled by the UMNO led Barisan Nasional government.

The story then was that Raja Petra had fallen out with the Pakatan Rakyat led by the PKR, PAS and DAP ….. and especially with Anwar Ibrahim.

There was even talk of a Third Force within the Malaysian political scene ….. BN, Pakatan Rakyat and now MCLM!!

The first thing to hit you would be that the anti-Barisan Nasional vote would be split ….. obviously to the advantage of UMNO and its ilk!

It is good that more information about the aims and objectives of MCLM has been made known ….. with the interviews made with Haris Ibrahim and more recently, Raja Petra.

It is quite clear that MCLM’s creation was to a large degree due to the ‘desertions’ by Parti Keadilan Rakyat Member of Parliaments due to various reasons ….. but can be summarised as ‘GREED’.

To be fair to PKR, there was also that female DAP state assemblyman, Hee Yit Foong, in Perak who crossed the aisle (together with other PKR assemblymen) that caused the collapse of the PKR State Government.

Of course, one could attribute those cross-overs to not having done the proper vetting of candidates for the March 2008 General Elections!

But the ‘Froggie’ mentality pre-dates the 2008 General Elections.

There are still many blood sucking politicians who conveniently join whichever political party that can lead them to riches ….. besides wine and women!

MCLM can be just that grouping to now gel a formidable anti-Barisan Nasional coalition for the whole of Malaysia.

I don’t think that the movement would dilute the likes of Anwar Ibrahim, Tok Guru Hadi and Lim Kit Siang …….. instead it may just about enhance the standing of these key players including that of Raja Petra and Haris Ibrahim in the background.



It may also result in more able bodied technocrats being elected to Malaysia’s Parliament AND who are unlikely to be ‘bought out’ through questionable means!

All in all, it’s a positive development in the build up to the next General Elections!

Click HERE for The Star’s interview with Haris Ibrahim about MCLM and HERE for Raja Petra’s recent response.


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