KOTA BARU - The unravelling of Pakatan Rakyat has come as no surprise because the loose coalition seems to have only short-term agreements for political expediency, said MCA vice-president Datuk Dr Hou Kok Chung.
He said that unlike Barisan Nasional, the Pakatan had three different political ideologies and was forged for everyone's convenience without a common policy strategy.
"MCA had expected this to happen and we are experienced enough to see through the ploy by the Pakatan," he said.
He added that the Barisan went through a history of ups and downs over a span of 50 years, "so where we are today is based on trust and understanding among our coalition partners".
Dr Hou was speaking to The Star after handing over cheques totalling RM840,000 (S$301,224) to eight primary and secondary government-assisted schools under the 2014 Budget here yesterday.
Dr Hou was commenting on the collapse of the Pakatan as declared by DAP secretary-general and Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng on Tuesday.
Based on this scenario, voters in Selangor would have to wait and see whether that state government would be in limbo or otherwise, he said.
"The collapse of the Pakatan has put PKR in a tough spot. It must decide whether it will go with PAS or DAP, or be neutral," he added.
Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, who is Umno Youth chief, said the components of the Pakatan coalition never had a strong bond.
He once described the partners as having entered into a perkahwinan mutaah or contract marriage when each did not share the same ideology.
"It is like sleeping on the same pillow but having different dreams. From the beginning, we thought of them as a temporary coalition and that has been proven right. They have no resilience," he said.
Khairy also said that Umno had no immediate plans to have an alliance with PAS now that the Pakatan had broken up.