Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Cukup Cukup Snap!
The over-30s among you might remember a TV ad from the 70s advertising a certain choc wafer biscuit which had the tag line of "cukup, cukup, snap!". Don't ask me what it meant but it was fooking effective. However, that tag line today may have different connotations - People have had enough (cukup) & (snap) may just push Barisan Najis off the edge. Its already teetering perilously close.
Read online news portals & you will see veteran UMNO politician Dato' Mazlan Harun filing a report with the ACA against the leadership of Bodohwi & Najib. This is endemic of the serious schisms appearing within the leading component in Barisan Najis. Furthermore, grassroots members are openly defiant with their nominations & there are reports of scuffles & fist fights breaking out at the meetings (see Malaysian Insider). Things are not well.
Hence me earlier posting asking fer me fellow Malaysians to register themselves in preparation of a snap election at the end of the year. Anwar has already said he will file a motion of no-confidence in about six weeks time and he has openly asked MCA, Gerakan & other component parties to join the opposition.
Won't happen? Think again. At a time when poll surveys show confidence with the ruling govt is at an all time low; the in-fighting in UMNO/MCA & MIC; UMNO insistence of harping on 'Ketuanan Melayu'etc etc. If you were a minor BN party, what would you do? Chances are you might defect.
UMNO's desperate atttempts to court PAS along with its inability to substantially change its attitude (ie arrogance, contemptuous displays of wealth etc)might just present us all with the golden chance to boot these fookers out!
No harm in being prepared & ready to make yer vote count, rite? So me assertions is fer you to play a role in trying to make this country a better place fer all (by being registered). Fer those who contend that there'll be no diff whoever is ruling, we must at least try. Cuba baru tau, rite?
If we were willing to put up with BN's shite fer 50 fooking years, there's no harm in giving a different lot a go. This will be the platform fer a two-party democracy where the electorate have a choice of GOVERNMENTS. And where the power lies with the RAKYAT & not these full-of-themselves-titled-scumbags.
As fer no real change? One thing is fer sure, me believes Anwar will keep good his promise of reduction in petrol prices. Fer the apolitical citizen, there can be no better incentive than that.
Again, me urge you to be prepared (ie registered) fer a snap should it arise. We may never get a better chance than this . . .
ps: Also included analysis from Malaysian Insider below. Please read & look forward to yer comments as usual. Cheers!
The article below is from the Malaysian Insider:
Anwar gains popularity since Mar 8
AUG 5 — Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim will win the Permatang Pauh by-election by a mile. And Pakatan Rakyat could end up snaring more seats if snap elections were held soon.
This scenario is not far-fetched judging by findings of a recent survey which debunks the notion that there is widespread remorse bias among Malaysians for supporting the Opposition in Election 2008.
Indeed, the poll shows that the sentiment towards Pakatan Rakyat has strengthened since March 8, especially among Chinese and Indians voters. The comprehensive survey on political developments in the country saw more than 3,000 people being interviewed last month.
Just over 31 per cent of those polled said that their view of the Opposition has remained the same since March 8 while 36.7 per cent said that their view of the Opposition has improved.
Only 22 per cent of respondents gave the Opposition the thumbs down.
The Malaysian Insider sighted the poll findings which confirm that the seismic shift in the political landscape was not a flash in the pan but the result of deep dissatisfaction with the Barisan Nasional and the path the country was taking. Also, it shows a country that has become even more polarised along political, racial and religious lines since the general election.
On March 8, the Opposition alliance of Pas-PKR-DAP denied Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and the ruling coalition its customary two-thirds majority in Parliament and took control of Perak, Kedah, Penang and Selangor. This outcome surprised political pundits who believed that it was a fluke, the unintended consequence of Malaysians wanting to register a protest vote.
In the months since then newspapers have carried reports based on anecdotal evidence to suggest that Malaysians have little confidence in the Opposition and were regretting their decision to vote for Pakatan Rakyat candidates on March 8. In a column in the New Straits Times, group editor Syed Nadzri put forward five reasons why Anwar could lose the by-election in Permatang Pauh. He listed reason No. 5 as voter sentiment.
"It cannot be denied that the ground has shifted much since March 8 with a change in state government and, with that, political leaning. It cannot be denied too that some of the policy changes instituted by the DAP-led Penang administration have not gone down well with at least some of the 58,449 registered voters in Permatang Pauh, 69.4 per cent of whom are Malays, 24.5 per cent Chinese and 5.7 per cent Indians.
"BN is expected to capitalise on this to the core.''
Clearly, the survey on political developments in Malaysia shows that the non-Malay support for the Opposition is intact and may have strengthened since Election 2008. More than 45 per cent of Chinese polled said their view of the Opposition has improved while 33.9 per cent said the perception has remained the same. Only 8 per cent said that their view of Opposition has deteriorated.
The pattern was the same with the Indians. Just under 5 per cent of Indians said that their opinion of the Opposition had suffered since March 8.
Fifty-five per cent of Malays felt that their opinion of the Opposition was the same or had improved since Election 2008. With this sentiment, Anwar will be the overwhelming favourite to return to Parliament, regardless of who the BN fields in Permatang Pauh.
For he will be preaching to a larger pool of believers — Malaysians.