KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 1, 2015:

While it is too soon to tell if Gerakan Harapan Baru’s political party will be able to lure voters, MIC Youth feels that is not the question Barisan Nasional should be worrying about.

Rather, its chief C. Sivarraajh said it is about the ruling coalition addressing issues at hand and doing so immediately or risk losing the next election.

He said last weekend’s Bersih 4 gathering was a strong enough sign the government was losing the support of the people, especially the youths who made up more than 50% of the rally participants.

Sivarrajh said the youths harped on the same thing, which was for a transparent and clean government.

And unless Barisan Nasional could give them that, people were going to vote for the Opposition. “It is really not about Gerakan Harapan Baru (GHB) or Pakatan Rakyat, it is just that the people are tired of all the secrecy and scandals,” said Sivarraajh when contacted.

He added it was high time Umno ministers faced the reality and accepted it instead of continuing to be in denial and issuing statements as if all was well.

Sivaraajh was commenting on GHB’s announcement yesterday that it had taken over a dormant political which it would use as a platform to officially enter into the political arena and work with PKR as well as DAP to form a new Pakatan Rakyat 2.0.

GHB, which comprised PAS members from the professional faction, would soon apply to the Registrar of Societies (RoS) to change Parti Pertubuhan Pekerja-Pekerja Malaysia to Parti Amanah Negara.

Sivaraajh’s statement echoed what was said by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi yesterday.

The Umno vice-president said the key to regaining public confidence was to start listening and caring for the interest of the people. Gerakan youth chief Tan Keng Liang on the other hand believed the opposite, saying Pakatan Rakyat 2.0 was no match for the strength and influence Barisan Nasional had, especially in rural areas. “GHB has no presence in the rural areas and Pakatan Rakyat 2.0 for what I can see, caters only to the urbanites. “But Malaysia does not consist of only the urban areas and that will be the reason that will deter Pakatan from having any dominance,” Tan told The Rakyat Post. He, however, insisted that before the Pakatan Rakyat 2.0 could be formed, the main issues surrounding the Selangor government must first be resolved. If Pakatan Rakyat 2.0 does not include PAS, then the original pact, he said, must officially announce the demise of the coalition and settle the whole DAP-PAS issue in Selangor. “Azmin has no choice but to make a decision and choose who PKR will side with in Selangor state’s administration, PAS or DAP,” said Tan in reference to Selangor Menteri Besar Azmin Ali.

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