Unlike Barisan National (BN or National Front), the so-called Pakatan Rakyat,PR, (People Alliance) is contesting using different party logos and will tally their winnings based on these party representatives.
And so you see PKR (led by Anwar Ibrahim), DAP (led by Lim Kit Siang) and PAS (led by Hadi Awang) contesting in various constituencies with their different coloured flags. And this GE sees the great war of the flags flying at all strategic public locations. You, while driving, even see party workers standing along the road holding slogans clamouring for voters’ attention. They are mostly from PR.
The social media are full of postings for “Ini Kalilah, Ubah!” ( It’s Time for Change!) the reason for their ubiquity is the use of the internet by young people and this generation is idealistic and they think by changing the government their life would change overnight! Being the rebels they are, they are impatient with the long-ruling BN whose practices are seen to be favouring certain quarters like the Bumiputra,the Elite and the friends (cronies) of BN and these practices are nothing but unjust. Therefore the time has come to punish BN by removing it and give the votes to any party.
Yes, any party as long as it’s not BN. Even if you put a baboon to lead this “ANY” party it would get the support of the people who feel they have been treated shabbily by BN all these years.
The reason for the Chinese electorate anger is glaring. While DAP is free to criticise and oppose certain government policies or programmes without fear or favour and without having to consult its partner, Parti Keadilan Rakyat (People’s Justice party) led by Anwar, MCA (Malaysian Chinese Association) is hounded silly by UMNO if it dares to criticise measures seen to sideline the Chinese. And so we perceive MCA as UMNO’s “Pak Turut” (follower).
I have blogged in 2011 about the need for MCA to be given the latitude to criticise BN or UMNO for that matter so that the community it represents can trust MCA to look after their interests and not only for the elite Chinese. Nothing was seen to be done and so many more of my relatives and friends embrace DAP in droves. Do you blame them? They are more motivated and more excited this time around because dissatisfied Malays now have PKR to be with hence dividing the Malay votes. Indeed the likelihood of DAP being in Federal Government is higher in GE13 than ever before…. a new dawn!
The above argument is what makes Pakatan Rakyat so attractive that angry voters will vote for it regardless of the character flaw of its leader or the impending danger of a restrictive religious law (Hudud)!
If BN, in general, and UMNO in particular was too arrogant to accept the fact that the Chinese needs an independent political mouthpiece within the governing coalition then, they are now seeing the second and much bigger tsunami coming in to push up their big and complacent arse (bad lingo!).
The word around my area is “Any party except BN!’ And sadly I think they are voting with their spine rather than their brain.
Happy voting to all my Malaysian blog visitors who are registered voters.