Political unity at what cost?

Kenneth Cheng Chee Kin

Malaysia is no stranger to to the concept of unity government in that the raison d'être of Barisan Nasional in 1973 was to unite the politicians to overcome a national crisis. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, November 22, 2020.

PROPONENTS of a unity government believe that what this country desperately needs at this juncture is a broad-coalition government, but they forget that Malaysia is no stranger to to the concept in that Barisan Nasional (BN) was formed as a call for unity to overcome a national crisis.

While BN is historically touted as the direct successor to the Alliance coalition of Umno, MCA and MIC, the true motive of the grand coalition was to pave the way for its government to circumvent noisy democratic politics in the aftermath of the May 13 riots.

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