Poltical junkies who read my blog would have already registered that DAP is the biggest party in parliament.
How do we visualize this party’s unbudging 42 MPs?
Tip: Imagine that the Dewan Rakyat is a pie. If you cut this pie into five equal slices, the DAP will be one full slice — i.e fully one-fifth.
In terms of percentages, DAP elected reps make up 19 percent of the 222-seat Lower House (see chart below).
The Big Four
The Parliament Pie has been crumbling ever since election night in May 2018 and its little breakaway bits settled in different spots.
Worst hit by crumble is PKR, currently left with 35 MPs.
Some of the newly deserted PKR parliamentarians such as Xavier Jayakumar and Larry Sng are now Independents — see grey coloured pie segment above.
The second largest party is Umno with 38 MPs following the death of its Gerik Yang Berhormat. His seat in Perak – as well as Warisan’s Batu Sapi in Sabah – remain ‘vacant’ (as per pie chart label) because byelections have been postponed due to the pandemic.
Bersatu is listed in the official parliament website as having 31 MPs.
So, the four largest parties in descending order are DAP, Umno, PKR and Bersatu.
BELOW: Together with Umno, MCA and MIC contested the 10 May 1969 general election as the Alliance
The Three Amigos
Although Pejuang is yet to get the green light from ROS, I’ve nonetheless baked in Mahathir and his Three Musketeers as a four MP party — see pink pie slice above.
Mahathir’s mentees Syed Saddiq and Maszlee Malik are however regarding themselves as ‘Independents’.
Under the label ‘Others’ are four MPs in Sabah mosquito parties: Jeffrey Kitingan, Maximus Johnity Ongkili, Arthur Joseph Kurup and Wilfred Madius Tangau plus two Sarawakians.
Baru Bian left PKR to form his own Parti Sarawak Bersatu along with his home state fellow MP, the rep for Sri Aman.
Tinggal Tiga Sekawan are two MPs from MCA and their old friend from MIC.
MCA president Wee Ka Siong is the only Chinese knight sitting at Muhyiddin’s big Round Table — see below.
What has Ubah?
The power dynamics in parliament has changed. Political allegiances have become more fluid.
DAP the party of zero principles can transform like quicksilver. In recent days, it has become a staunch supporter of Palestinians and its Christian leaders have even ventured to condemn Israel.
Born again Christian Heidy Quah – a DAP activist – is scolding Malaysians for cruelty and inhumanity to refugees.
Meanwhile DAP Political Education Director Liew Chin Tong is hectoring Malaysians to be kinder to Rohingya.
The new normal in Malaysia Baru is the DAP becoming the most vocal champion of Muslim causes around the world … except in Xinjiang.