Part of a letter to Malaysiakini - 'Can being an unregistered coalition hurt Pakatan?'
"...But, as far as I know, Pakatan's registration as a coalition has been delayed or blocked by the authorities, under BN government.
According to the Malaysian constitution, any party which wins the majority of parliamentary seats, is given the right to form the new government.
Could the authorities under BN instruction, refuse to let Pakatan form the next government by reason that Pakatan is not a registered coalition like BN?
The seats won by PKR, DAP and PAS could then be counted as individual parties.
It's unlikely on their own, these parties would have the majority of seats.
Instead, Umno could end up with as party which wins the most (though not majority) of the parliamentary seats and given the first priority to form the new government with its chosen partners."
It occurred to me too, but then again, surely our veteran opposition leaders should know the consequence of this problem.
If it is true that an institution under ruling BN's control (in this case Registrar of Societies) could refuse registration of this coalition on the flimsiest of reason, and with this could hold on to power, then there is no more legitimacy in such a government. But desperadoes who are concerned only about clinging on to power do not care about right or wrong because to them, the end justifies the means.