Power sharing in a coalition government has always, throughout the world, been based on the contribution of each party in terms of the number of elected representatives.
In the recent Selangor State, the seats won by PKR, DAP and PAS have been respectively 15, 13 and 8. This means that the power sharing should be respectively 41.6%, 36.1% and 22.2%.
If we were to divvy up the ten exco seats (not including the MB), using mathematical rules of rounding out (where 0.5 and above is rounded up, whilst less than 0.5 is rounded down) , that should ideally worked out as a respective share of 4, 4 and 2 seats.
Considering that PKR grabs the MB position, on fairness, PKR could surrender one of its seats to PAS to make the spread MB + 3, 4 and 3 respectively.
Instead what we learnt today about the swearing in of the Selangor state exco members is that:
PKR gets MB plus 4 (equivalent to more than 5)
DAP gets 3
PAS gets 3
I see it as DAP losing out to a very greedy and race-conscious PKR.
Malaysiakini informs us that, in a move that’s akin to adding insult to injury to the DAP, MB Khalid Ibrahim, has obviously refused to appoint Teresa Kok as the deputy MB.
Instead, we keep hearing of the number of non Malays not exceeding the Malay members in the exco.
So is this race-conscious PKR practising its so-called new ‘change for the better’ brand of politics?
Khalid Ibrahim needs to answer some questions:
(i) Why is the power sharing not in accordance to power contribution?
(ii) Why is PAS with only 8 seats having 3 exco members, the same as a DAP with 50% more seats at 13?
(iii) Why is PKR grabbing a disproportionate lion’s share of MB plus 4?
(iv) Why hasn't Teresa Kok been appointed deputy MB when in Perak and Penang, we have exemplary examples of cooperative power sharing?
(v) Why has the ratio of Malays exco members to non Malay members been so important in Khalid's formation of his exco, in direct contradiction to PKR’s self-acclaimed multiethnic race-less approach?
Anyway, Selangor, your exco members are:
Khalid Ibrahim (MB)
Dr Xavier Jayakumar
Ean Yong Hian Wah
Dr Hassan Ali
Dr Halimah Ali
Iskandar Abdul Samad