Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Penanti by-election: Give it a Miss/ 弃战有理

There has been a lot of speculation whether BN should contest in the Penanti by-election in Penang. This is a very small state seat within Anwar’s Parliamentary constituency in Permatang Pauh. It only has 15453 voters. The whole episode of the resignation of the previous ADUN who happens to be the Deputy CM smells suspicious. He himself denied that he has resigned in the Chinese press. The CM of Penang has openly voiced his frustration over the whole episode and that he only knew about it from the press. So much about power sharing within PR where we are told that every partner is equal and decision made is by consensus. Hence, in view of the above development, one can safely said that the whole episode could be orchestrated by Anwar. The rest of the PR partners just have to dance according to the tune.

The Penanti by-election will be the 6th by-election since 308 election. In the previous 5 by-elections, BN has succeeded in defending the state seat in Sarawak, lost the Parliamentary seat in Kuala Terengganu, failed to regain 3 seats that were lost to PR in the 308 election. The impression that one gets from all these by-election is that BN is losing control. People don’t think that to begin with, BN lost the 3 seats which are seats belonging to PR. It is obvious that PR would like to generate more by-elections in seats held by them on the slightest excuse. BN is aware that at this point of time, it is difficult to regain those seats that belong to PR. It would then generate a momentum that PR is gaining strength everyday. People like to support a winning team. It is said that nothing succeed like success. It cannot be denied that Anwar is a master strategist and is good at political spinning to create an image that is favourable to him and PR.

Of course there are within BN who feel that it is an honour to fight and it is not a question of defeat of victory. They have forgotten that PR just wants to advance Anwar’s agenda that come the next general election, PR will be the government in power. A lot of voters have become very critical of BN but seems very forgiving of PR. They have adopted the attitude that BN can never do right and PR can never do wrong. It is good that Malaysians become critical but being critical must be based on facts and figures and not ignorance and arrogance of cynism.

Giving the by-election a miss would mean that BN is not playing to the PR’s tune. The government should concentrate on nursing the ailing economy. To the man on the street, the bread and butter issue is more important than by-election and politicking. If the government can overcome this economic tsunami brought on by the American financial meltdown, it would still generate a lot of goodwill and support. Then only BN can regain lost ground.


国阵应不应该迎战本南地州议席补选引起各造议论纷纷。本南地隶属峇东埔国会议席,有1万5453名选民,是一个小州席。原任州议员兼槟城第一副首长法鲁斯的呈辞事件一开始就显得不寻常。他本人曾向中文媒体否认辞职,而当他呈辞后,身为一州之首的林冠英却毫不知情,直至媒体追问方后知后觉,后者还公开向媒体表示不满。

民联向来自诩公平落实政权分享,政治盟友地位平等,凡事能取得一致协议。不过,法鲁斯的呈辞事件看来全由安华个人操纵,其他伙伴只能闻风起舞。

本南地补选将是308普选后的第6场补选。在过去5场补选,国阵成功保住砂州峇当艾但却输掉自家席瓜登,欲重夺民联地盘的峇东埔、武吉士南卯及武吉干当则宣告失败。看起来国阵似乎已失控制权,惟另民联 显然试图制造更多补选,乐此不疲。

国阵很清楚,目前要重夺输给民联的议席不容易,加上接二连三的挫败,会让人民产生民联与日俱强的印象。人民都倾于支持胜利的一方。无可否认安华的确是一名精明的策略家,擅于扭转劣势制造有利于他和民联的条件。

当然,国阵里有些人不计胜败,视出战为至高的荣耀。但他们忘了民联的目标是加速实现安华的议程,即在来届大选打败国阵执政中央。今天,越来越多选民对国阵苛刻非难,对民联却豁略大度;对两党的态度也两极化,总认为国阵没干好事,民联永远错不了。我乐见大马人民批判意识提高,但凡事应据理非议,不能愚昧地吹毛求疵愤世嫉俗。

国阵弃战本南地补选可避免卷入民联的政治游戏。相反的,政府应该专注搞好经济。广大市民的饭碗比补选和政治更值得关注。若政府成功克服这场经济海啸,不仅能博得人民掌声,且有望重夺城池。


8 comments:

People said...

I disagree with your saying 'The whole episode of the resignation of the previous ADUN who happens to be the Deputy CM smells suspicious.'?

Fairus's resignation showed PKR is a responsible party and if their elected YB can't serve the people well, the best thing for them is to quit!

PR don't practice the same culture like your beloved BN whereby the ADUN/MP who found corrupted or immoral still can hold the office post or maintain YB status and treat it as the asset given by their grandfather!

You are one of the best real life example on the immoral MP! And you never think of resign as an MP a that time and worst still, you expect to nominate as a candidate again on last General Election.

And about your comment:
'It is obvious that PR would like to generate more by-elections in seats held by them on the slightest excuse. PR is aware that at this point of time, it is difficult to regain those seats that belong to PR. It would then generate a momentum that PR is gaining strength everyday.'

Then, why don't you get your son to resign the MP seat at Labis?
You and your beloved BN can generate momentum for BN also mah!

You thought the nations'mentality still like last 10 years meh? U pls grow up la!

DON'T BE NAIVE TO MAKE PEOPLE THOUGHT PR HAS NO RISK IN THE BY-ELECTION!

The nations know well your beloved BN have very strong election machinary -money, polices, medias, SPR, Phantom voters etc.

But the Penanti By election is simply due to the showed of 'RESPONSIBILITY to the Voters' from PR and PKR!

After all, the best is your beloved BN will give PKR a walkover victory!

lookcow said...

已经尘埃落定的五场,加上本南地六场。瓜拉登嘉楼国会、武吉干当国会及巴当哎州会因在任议员病逝,无话可说;但是巴东埔国会、武吉士南卯州会及将进行的本南地切是人为的泡选,人民纳税钱必需白白洒在无谓的战场上,非来自这三个选区的国民只能叹三声来回应。

话说回来,这三场泡选是谁造化的?众人皆知,民联监制。华社在308的选战思维,带有强烈的不满,打着不平则鸣的胸膛,狠狠用民主制度教训国阵,牧牛人认为恰当,如今民联势大型移,基因有变种的征兆,你说华社会教训民联吗?

牧牛人

Robert Teh said...

Soi Lek,

What a lot of bull! Doc.

I recalled when speculation first made the news in the newspapers about the former DCM being involved in a questionale quarry deal, every BN leader worth their salt demanded 'blood' - they all wanted him to resign his post and his ADUN seat!

NOW! that he has done all that, you BN guys are saying this is Anwar's political ploy! You guys are giving too much credit to Anwar (unless that's your real intention).

Say if the DCM hangs on to his post and tomorrow he is charged in court for corruption. What's your reaction (together with the rest of your BN colleques)?

Again you guys will want to see 'blood'! - you guys will demand for his resignation as DCM and as ADUN.

By the way, Doc, you commented about BN regaining ground if they take your advice. Say, BN wins 2/3 majority comes the next General Election - my comment is Where Will They Fit You In? Will They Accept You Back In The Cabinet?

Wise Up! Doc. You got enemies within and outside BN, within and outside your own MCA Party.

Low C. W. said...

disregards of what ever reason caused the by-election, it is always a attraction point for public to listen to what opposition and the governed party has to say during the campaign. It is a good ground for each party to commments on their opponent as well as time to show their result (what has been done) of being incharged so far. so, lets have it.

呉 和豪 said...

认为公正党,回教党, 行动党不会做错,是一种的偏见。拿督私利安华讲的话全部是真话吗?林冠英讲的话全部是真话吗?,回教党执政吉兰丹这样多年有为吉兰丹带来多少发展,过去行动党曾反对槟城的单轨电车计划现在他们的立场又是怎样?
安华也不是万能的, 国阵人才济济,比安华, 林冠英更有才能的人也很多。我们应该对本南地的国阵党员有信心,给本南地的选民机会。为何国阵不可参加家补选?补选也不须首相,部长到来本南地助阵,即使首相,部长不来本南地的国阵党员有一样有能力应付补选。首相,部长照样把精神放在国家事务。补选由本南地的国阵党员担当。
胜负次要,民主及体育精神才是重要,我们应对本南地的国阵党员完全有信心,让他们有机会为本南地选民提供更好的民生服务。

Prachai said...

aiyo Dr, like this you can also say?

It is basic democratic process-lah. For what do we retain a tainted rep? Makan gaji buta kah?

It is truelah when you said people tend to be very forgiving to PR and too critical of BN. I am one of those people. BN got power for 50+ years and still cannot get its act right (still fumbling as I see it), while PR got power in a few states and already made progress not possible under BN.

If I want to fantasize, surely I will pick PR. What else is there to fantasize about an old, broken BN that is 99% unlikely to change?

You got to understand the voters' mentality, not the other way around.

VM said...

掌握了公器,资源和媒体等等不公平优势,但国阵却“怕输”。。真贻笑大方。。

一场补选其实花费并不会太高-花费高只是国阵摆流水席,请辣妹歌舞团,而且搞到满街都是镇暴部队和警察。。。当然还有朋党的好处!!

真相是-近来国阵输得怕了,又几乎无望,就借助主流媒体及选举委员会主席说是“劳民伤财”。如此鬼蜮技两,只有马华及国阵朋党才会摇尾呐喊助兴。。。

让我点醒你什么是民主 (因我从你的语气感觉马华党员如你还是冥顽不灵,死性不改,企图混淆视听):

一位代议士因某种原因(如健康问题、服务不佳、法律问题)而不想再继续成为代议士,这可是他的权利。。。

这远比你们国阵内那些无能、助纣为虐,只讲不做、空口说白话的“后门”议员、贪污滥权又死不认、煽动玩弄种族情绪、青蛙、霸着种种肥缺, 赖死不走等议员更负责任!!!

如你还是不明白,那就“回去学校再学过”吧(套用慕尤丁“名言”)。。根据民主程序, 人民绝对可以接受他的离职,再举行补选选出另一位有能力的代议士。。。国阵别继续抹杀“民主”。

VM said...

I 100% agree with the discerning power and great analysis of People, Robert Teh, Low C.W, Prachai..I plead to all of you to share all these with your loved ones, friends and relatives - to enlighten all people around us in order to bury the "dinosaur" - BN, in the coming by-elections and General Election

By-elections is the people's right and part of the democracy process..so..please la BN, dare you try to deprive the Rakyat of this right !!! as you already control the mainstream mass media, police, judiciary system, election commission, anti-corruption committee, and etc etc

BN is just so "kia-su" (afraid to lose) and starts to find all sort of excuses, including blaming Pakatan Rakyat for "wasting public money"...come on la BN, "WE NOT STUPID"..and the people have seen thru the true picture of BN..what's the true picture - highly inefficient and promoting "cronyism" and "wastage", superly corrupted, unscrupulously high-handed, extremely disrespectful of democracy, shamelessly appointing "back door" minister and deputy minister who lost in a big way in general election, and..

Sorry ha - I need > 100,000 pages of A4 paper to list down all crap acts of Barisan Nasional if I really need to do so....

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