Collaboration with DAP is viable to better represent non-Muslims, says expert

18 Aug 2023 11:00pm
Anwar Ibrahim - Photo by Bernama
Anwar Ibrahim - Photo by Bernama

SHAH ALAM - As non-Muslim communities seek better representation, the prospect of collaborating with DAP could emerge as a viable solution to address broader concerns, says expert.

According to Professor Dr Syaza Shukri of the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) Political Science Association, the government must prioritise Malaysia's long-term future over short-term political gains.

"The government needs strong political will to aim for Malaysia’s future instead of short-term political gains," Syaza emphasised.

She also highlighted the importance of the government working closely with civil society organisations to foster unity, even if some Malays may not fully support the idea.

She said focus should be given to achieving stability and peace by addressing the needs of all Malaysians and promoting equitable development.

However, Professor Datuk Dr Jayum Anak Jawan of Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) stressed the significance and need of a capable advisory team for effective leadership.

He suggests that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's limited exposure to diverse perspectives might hinder well-informed decision-making.

"The lack of a strong group of advisors might hinder Anwar's access to well-structured plans and a variety of decision-making options," he noted.

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Jayum pointed out that this shortage of innovative ideas could restrict Anwar's ability to evaluate strategies effectively.

He emphasises that effective leaders rely on diverse perspectives from their advisors to make informed decisions.

Jayum believes that a diverse advisory team can offer comprehensive solutions to complex challenges and broaden the scope of strategies.

Meanwhile, Professor Datuk Dr Shamsul Amri Baharuddin of the Institute of Ethnic Studies (KITA) highlighted that Anwar's public discourse may continue, but his efficacy could be compromised due to limited perspectives within his Cabinet.

"Anwar's campaign might have a physical limitation due to his age, as he is nearly 80 years old.

"Non-Muslim communities, including Chinese and Indians, and perhaps even Iban and Kadazan communities, will likely listen to DAP exclusively.

"It might be prudent for Anwar to consider collaborating with DAP," Shamsul suggested.