- The endorsement of Anwar as the new prime minister should Pakatan succeed in taking power,
- The establishment of a secular state,
- Equality, and
- A two-coalition political system.
Read Malaysiakini's full report here.
There is much speculation that DAP's no-theocratic state plank will place it at odds with PAS and, thus, fracture the nascent Pakatan coalition. Such a view fails to take into account the many commonalities that DAP and PAS have. Instead, such a view focuses on the few, albeit fundamental differences between them.
Straddling DAP and PAS is PKR. It is easy to highlight the differences and, to overlook the obvious success that the Pakatan coalition achieved in the March 8 General Elections. The truth of the matter, for the foreseeable future at least, is that all components of Pakatan will be mindful of the Aesop's Fable entitled, The Bundle of Sticks:
An old man on the point of death summoned his sons around him to give them some parting advice. He ordered his servants to bring in a bundle of sticks, and said to his eldest son:
The son strained and strained, but with all his efforts was unable to break the Bundle. The other sons also tried, but none of them was successful.
"Untie the bundle," said the father, "and each of you take a stick."
When they had done so, he called out to them:
"Now, break," and each stick was easily broken. "You see my meaning," said their father.
The moral: Union gives strength