Wednesday, August 27, 2008

THE PEOPLE OF PERMATANG PAUH HAS SPOKEN

Anwar has finally won, and his route to Parliament is clear. But what next? Will he be able to garner enough support by way of a crossover of BN parliamentarians to form the ‘people’s government’ come September 16, as he has so convincingly claimed? There were also lots of promises made during the campaigning, and will Anwar be able to fulfilled those promises? Will he be able to stamp out corruption which he has so passionately pledged, since his release from prison. These are some of the questions that Malaysians wants answered, more so for those avid supporters of Anwar.

With Anwar’s win, what then was UMNO/BN’s failure during the by-election?. To say that Anwar won primarily because Permatang Pauh is his home ground is unacceptable and lame. And to say that Anwar had used the race card, to appeal to the Chinese and Indians to vote for PR is not right either. Clearly, for me, the manner in which UMNO/BN had strategized its campaigning was all wrong, and UMNO/BN must accept this fact.

UMNO/BN has misunderstood and failed to read the sentiment of the people of Permatang Pauh. Acting like instant Santa Claus, by giving out huge amount of cash to mosque, madrasah, schools and others, is counter productive. The people are cleaver enough to understand the actual reason of the instant cash handouts. Why now they say. Why not several months or years before. To claim that the instant cash handout is not politically motivated, and has nothing to do with the by-election is dumb.

Even the swearing of a politician in a mosque at Permatang Pauh, did little to change the opinion of the voters, especially the Malay voters, and this is easily proven by the increase majority obtained by Anwar.

I was not anywhere at Permatang Pauh throughout the by-election period. But I have a lot of friends (both UMNO and PR), whom I am in constant contact throughout the period. From the very outset, they knew that it was very difficult for BN to win. They felt aggrieved at the way the UMNO/BN campaign was being done. The nightly show featuring Saiful’s swearing for one, had caused more hatred for the BN, than joy. Accusing Anwar for being a traitor of the Malays for accommodating the Chinese and Indians, as well as being a Jewish agent, must have alienated the Chinese and Indian voters, and for them to cast their votes for PR.

UMNO/BN big wigs that came in droves to support their candidate, did little to appease the voters. Their speeches were nothing but to condemn Anwar, with little to talk about issues affecting the people and the nation at large. One UMNO speaker even want to the extend of saying that this by-election is meant to bury Anwar. Now with the results out, who is to bury who?

There are lots of lessons to be learnt from this by-election, which I dubbed, the dirtiest ever. However, having heard the news over TV 1 this morning, I am glad that Najib has graciously conceded defeat for the BN, and said that democracy is still very much alive in Malaysia.

2 comments:

Nostradamus said...

A Sinking “Titanic” (BN) in Malaysia? (The show has just begun!)

Malaysia’s Titanic (BN) was deemed unsinkable when it was first launched. Even when it hit an iceberg on 8 March 2008, it was so hard to accept that the ship will sink. When all efforts to save the ship from sinking was finally abandoned, the Captain (DSAB) just stood silently awaiting the fate as a forlorn man. He was hoping the Carpentia or some other nearby ships will come in time to save the passengers. It was sad to see the Captain firing off some distress flares to alert the Carpentier, but the Carpentier’s Captain (DSNTR) was just not convinced that the Titanic was in distress.

In between is a love story of Leonardo DiCaprio (DSAI) and Kate Winslet (Azizah). Azizah refused to abandon her love, even though many a times, events show she should just save herself. She held on to hopes, hoping against hope that she and her love can pull thru and both will survive this tragedy. Both suffered mentally and emotionally and in the end, it was Azizah left to tell the tale of a great man who sacrificed himself to save her.

As for the crew of the Titanic (Little Napoleons) and their friends who are rich and powerful corporate figures, who helped run the ship, did you see the desperation when they found out that the ship is really sinking. Most of them scramble to save their lives and abandon ship and some, with loads of money found they can’t buy anything they wanted, even a place on a lifeboat to save their lives (TDM migration). But not all, for there was a few brave Napoleons who tried to show they are committed to the name of Titanic (BN) and the show continues.

There was an old couple who just lay in bed waiting for the ship to sink (MIC & PPP) abandoned by the young and too old to move around anymore. There were also musicians still playing the ship’s songs (MCA, PBB, LDP, PBRS, PRS, SAPP, SPDP, SUPP, UPKO) and died like true musicians dedicated to their role of love for music. There were also some crew (GERAKAN) still working to plug the leaks at the bottom of the ship until they themselves died thinking they were heroes not knowing the ship cannot be saved just by plugging some holes.

Do you know who was the director of Titanic (BN) show? James Cameron (TDM).

Did you know this show was shown around the world?

Did you know Malaysia has some of the best actors and actresses and supporting casts?

Anyway, it was just a movie, for the real show has only just begun!

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WaliMuar said...

Dato,

This Sunday evening 7 Sept 08 ,I have a strange feeling that something is going to happen to the BN Government. May be they overstayed their welcome,or after being given 50 years to command the ship has failed to uplift the perception of the mojorities.I will confess here that I never vote this party in the last two election.......as I hate them.( reasons being u can do your own guess)