WILL LESSONS BEEN LEARNT AND BOLD HOLISTIC CHANGES TO BE MADE FOLLOWING PH TRASHING AT TANJUNG PIAI ASKS MALAYSIA, ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST?
After a quiet and ‘under the radar’ walk-a-bout at ground zero, I had shared with a media friend, on location that the incumbents are in for a trashing instead, of a speculated win by 7000 vote margin!
Being a seasoned journalist and one at many power epicenters, she agreed.
And the incumbents nightmare came through, as we had predicted when the BN, represented by MCA’s Wee Jeck Seng, won by a whopping 15,086-vote majority against Harapan’s Karmaine Sardini, who is from Bersatu.
Jeck Seng garnered 25,466 votes to Karmaine’s 10,380 votes.
In the run up to the by-election, at Tanjung Piai, which became the epicenter of activity from the quiet town it is, with ministerial and politicians visits, and the “coincidences” of funds for various developments projects in quick succession!
Even the family of the late Member of Parliament, was brought into the narrative with messages, which bordered on emotional blackmail?
Nothing was sacred!
It was obvious to us that PH were copying the same script, which they spoke and preached against prior to GE14!
While those expected to act as guardians of elections, were alleged to be silent when million ringgit goodies were announced.
While this was going on, the irony and hypocrisy was there were many articles written by the DAP elites continuing the blame game, talking about kleptocrats, corruption, the abuse of power when the same perception was felt in this run up.
Generally, premiers do not go down to help, by-election candidates, and, in this case, one that is certainly not critical or threatening the balance of power of the incumbents!
Thus the pertinent question asked, post this humiliating thrashing, is why despite the Prime Ministers presence and his undertaking a personal campaign to the extent of writing a personal letter had failed miserably to change the outcome.
However, it remains to be seen, if this is humbling enough, to initiate resignations, a cabinet reshuffle, or a new leadership line-up, which follows a PH spring cleaning exercise with the critical need at the removal of dead wood politicians, ministers and one spearheading holistic policy directions.
If no systemic change come, will we see the once outspoken and committed to social and natural justice platform DAP leave the PH coalition?
Or will the DAP and PKR elites now enjoying the perks of GE14 victory delay and pussyfoot to protect personal and private interests to that of the grassroots and Malaysian community who voted them into power?
Whether right or a wrong analysis, it is currently viewed that the whole PH narrative seems to be dictated by Bersatu and Tun Mahathir, to the detriment of the whole reform agenda of the other allies.
And the elegant silence of the elites in the DAP and PKR causing grave anxiety to voters!
The fact is this is a humiliating and crushing defeat for a Mahathir nominee!
It is a strong signal of dissent by voters against the form and substance of both Mahathir and the PH!
There is room for only one decision to be made.
And that is a demonstrably genuine return to foster and promote the aspirations of PH as declared during its inception and prior to GE14!
It is also time for that father-son apologist’s combo to stop in view the trouncing PH got at the hands of the voters!
The result is not because voters love kleptocrats, the abuse of power, and those peddlers of the 3R, corruption and corrupt politicians!
Voters are still committed to making Malaysia a leading nation of integrity regardless of race, religion or region!
And I believe that even former Umno vice president Hishammuddin Hussein when commenting on BN’s landslide win in the Tanjung Piai by-election exceeding expectations stated quite clearly that while the result was overwhelming, it was time to get back to the right track and not be arrogant!
So basically this is a wakeup call to both the incumbents at Putrajaya and those who lost power at GE14 to seek holistic and not cosmetic change!
For this to happen, both the PH and BN will have to show their commitment to Malaysia as a leading nation of integrity regardless of race, religion or region!
I am certain there will be by-elections coming soon, which will again send messages to the recalcitrant, and, let us pray that the rights, interests and real needs of all Malaysians are taken instead of the political shenanigans, race and religion baiters and foreigners/outsiders who have no right to be here muddling in our country’s affairs!