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DSAI, Nurul and DSWA

DSAI, Nurul and DSWA

The landslide victory of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim in the just concluded Permatang Pauh by-election will create a great impact on the Malaysian political scenario.

DSAI of PKR garner a total of 31,195 votes, Datuk Arif Shah Omar Shah of BN garner 15,524 votes, while Hanafi Hamat of (Akim) 92 votes. Anwar won by an astounding majority of 15,671 votes. The huge majority proves that DSAI popularity and charisma is still undeniable.

In the 12th general election, Datuk Seri Wan Azizah won the Permatang Pauh by a majority of 13,388 votes. This shows an increase of 2,283 votes for the opposition. If this result is to be taken as a guide, we can conclude that the rakyat had rejected Barisan National. Barisan National went into the fray as an underdog (at least that’s what was mentioned by the DPM in the media) knowing very well that they are not going to win the battle. Their only intention of contesting is because of pride and are only out to reduce the majority margin. If they are able to reduce the majority, it will be seen as a victory for them. A sign that the rakyat still have faith in them in governing the country. But then……..

My personal views and conclusion on the result of the by-election:

1.  Some BN leaders are arrogant and over aggressive in their campaign speeches. Speeches made by KJ went too far as to bury DSAI politically in this by-election is totally not accepted by the Permatang Pauh people especially when it involves their own people. Take a simple scenario, an outsider budged into your house and start saying bad thing about one of your family! What would you feel?;

2.  People now are more educated and they are more concern on how to face with the current economic situation such as the fuel increase and recession. They are not concern on personal matter such as the sodomy case which seems to be the main topic for BN in all their campaign as if there is no other better things to talk about;

3.  Goodies offered during the 10 days campaign such as the fuel price reduction, which was widely seen as a window dressing for the by-election only. The rakyat had their experience during the general election whereby during election time, the government promised no fuel increase until year-end. But it was increased right after the election and due to that they felt cheated. They can’t trust what the  BN government preached or promised; 

4.  The attendance by big guns of BN, who have been rejected during the 12th general election does not help at all. The rakyat perspective of them as being a rejected leaders is still very fresh in their mind. If they are rejected in their own turf, what makes the Permatang Pauh people want to accept or lisent to them;

5.  Yesteryears, media which are controlled by the government played a major role in disseminating propaganda. It is still used now but is rather irrelevant nowadays with the present cybermedia. The rakyat can easily check the truth and cannot be fooled or taken for a ride any more. They will not just blindly swallow anything presented in the mass media;

6.  There is an element of corruption during the election but the rakyat now are more matured. They will take anything offered during election time such as money, financial assistance, allowance etc . But when it comes to voting, they vote their choice. Not necessary the Santa;

7.  BN leadership, especially Umno, never learnt. UMNO has been using highly racial and religious sensitive issues instead of strengthening national unity among the people. Umno tried desperately to whip up racial emotions on the New Economic Policy (NEP), the orchestrating of the student demonstrations at UiTM and Bar Council etc. The BN and Umno are still trapped in the old mindset of racial compartmentalisation of Malaysian politics;

8.  The rakyat has lost their trust in the BN government and it’s leaders;

9.  The rakyat want changes;

10. Malaysia is for all Malaysian regardless of their skin colour, ethnicity and religious affiliation.

To the victorious, I congratulate you! To the losers….what can I say, this is the name of the game in politics. Someone has to be in your shoes.

To the people of Permatang Pauh (PP),  I salute you all! You folks are the People’s Power (PP)! I thank you all for opening the door to a new Malaysia, a country for all Malaysian!

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