Unfortunately for them, the big question on the average citizens mind (as observed in twitter chatter) was not so much of how this so-called third force would affect the political scene but, IKA-who?
A less relevant question which popped into this writers mind is whether the Pas + IKAtan coalition would consider naming themselves PIKAchu. Great marketing strategy right?
The party intended to bring out and espouse the ideas of former Malaysian Prime Minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman.
Curious masoob wondered about its ideology, however an ERROR 404 greeted yours truly on multiple attempts to enter the website. So he turned to the fountain of ever “reliable” information every University student uses to complete their assignments, Wikipedia.
As it turns out, IKATAN is yet another left-wing party but one that claims to be social democratic with a nationalistic agenda, an interesting cross of UMNO and DAP.
Ask any random person on the street why they support a certain party and one is likely to hear about not trusting the government, an unreliable opposition coalition, corruption on the other side etc.
This is not helped by the fact that in each coalition you have odd partners working together despite vastly different ideologies.
For example, in Barisan Nasional there is the Holy (or Unholy depending on who you ask) Trinity of race-based conservative parties comprising of UMNO, MCA and MIC who works hand in hand with parties like GERAKAN and myPPP which are secular, multiracial and centrist parties.
On the other side of the divide you have PKR and DAP with secular agendas working together and AMANAH which has an Islamist agenda.
Political ideology forms the core of a party’s struggle. Hence, the writer has saved readers the hassle of knowing what each party stands for by providing an informative list of screenshot pics from Wikipedia pertaining to the ideology and political position of a few of the biggest political parties in Malaysia.
* All images are screenshots of Wikipedia.org from their respective Wiki pages