Present two-party system lopsided, will invite strife and misunderstanding - Gerakan

FERNANDO FONG

KUALA LUMPUR: The current two-party system practised in Malaysia is lopsided and does not contribute towards national unity, said Gerakan.

Its deputy president Datuk Dr Cheah Soon Hai said the two-party system here has a very significant imbalance to it, with the Opposition backed mostly by Chinese voters.

On the other hand, the ruling coalition Barisan Nasional is supported mainly by the Malays and Bumiputera voters, as evident in the 2013 General Election, he said.

"Such political polarisation takes place because of unscrupulous and underhanded political manoeuvres.

"This will be challenging for the unity of the nation when political support should transcend racial lines.

"If this situation persists, polarisation and racial disunity will become increasingly serious and policies that can benefit the nation will be difficult to implement," he told delegates at the Gerakan 46th National Delegates Conference (NDC) in Menara PGRM here today.

He pointed out that the development and progress of a country require the contribution, cooperation and involvement of all.

Everyone faces the same challenges and issues, such as the rising cost of living, low wages and expensive home prices.

All communities, he said, must be adequately represented in the government so that their voices and opinions can be heard and addressed.

"Gerakan hopes that the two-party system can be strengthened to enhance democracy in our country.

"It will help Malaysians to be more sensitive and mature in their political consciousness, as in developed countries such as the United States, Britain and Taiwan.

"But not in the present form as it will invite strife and misunderstanding that can only lead to racial division," he said.

Cheah also noted that with a proper two-party system, political parties must realise that they will not last long if they fail in their duties and performance.

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