Link: Straits Times, 7 Jan 2013
Coalitions between more or less comparably strong partners can be more than difficult. In the best case they are marriages of convenience, hardly or never a love affair, but more often than not a marriage dispute and not a honeymoon, in the case of Pakatan Rakyat hardly a harmonious ménage a trois. With the overbearing dominance of UMNO in the Barisan Nasional coalition, where smaller parties look more like piggy riding, the semblance of harmony seems to be easier to project. And the discord within Pakatan certainly gives hope to the Barisan for the upcoming elections.