Seems like the tide is turning in Ijok, like it did in Lunas 2000. The biggest wave to hit Barisan Nasional, in the way of a giant slapped on the face of Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, must be his ex-boss Mahathir Mohammad’s call to Ijokians to vote the Opposition. Of course, some UMNO members, probably still enjoying the honeymoon after victory in Machap against the DAP, like to think that Mahathir did not do this. Because when the Malaysiakini reporter asked him if he were telling the people to vote for the Opposition candidate, he said “NO”. Some even accused Malaysiakini for having a “political agenda” for reporting the news in a certain angle . That is true. Malaysiakini is bias. But bias towards the truth!
How much more clearer can Mahathir get? Does he need to spit it all out? Does he need to spell everything out as if he were talking to a 3 year-old kid? I guess you need an active brain to understand Mahathir’s message, but I am sad to say that such entity is indeed lacking in our side of the universe.
1. “If you don’t think (about) what you are doing, you don’t use your vote intelligently, then of course, you are to be blamed”. (Read: don’t be stupid).
2. “Unless you send a signal to the government that, ‘Look, if you don’t behave yourself, you may not get my vote at the next election,’ then the government will say, ‘You see? The people are voting for us. We are doing well”. (Signal = vote not for the government, because if you do, government will not change a thing as it thinks that the people consider it doing very well).
3. “If you vote (BN) because you get a lot of money or because you get a lot of projects, you may get a rotten government which uses money in order to buy your vote”. (Read: hello, if you are going to get a “rotten government”, why the hell do you want to vote for it? Unless you are a hopeless sado-masochist).
4. Some people are hopeless masochists because then Mahathir says: “They don’t care whether it is a good government or not. We are Barisan people. We vote Barisan. No assessment, no study. We vote (Barisan) because we must. That’s why I say a country deserves the government it gets”. (Read: if you vote BN, you deserve a “rotten government”).
“If you don’t think (about) what you are doing, you don’t use your vote intelligently, then of course, you are to be blamed”. (Read: if you do not want to be blamed, do not vote BN).
And if you are asked not to vote for BN, then who else is there to vote? The Opposition of course!
And if you think my reading is wrong, what about Member of Parliament and Opposition Leader Lim Kit Siang, who said in his press statement today:
On all the three criteria listed by Mahathir (1) to shatter the government’s propaganda that all is well (2) send a signal to the government that it would not get the votes of the voters in the next general elections ans (3) that goodies in the form of new development cannot be at the expense of a “rotten government”, the Ijok voters have only one option – to vote against the BN and ensure the election of PKR’s candidate Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim as the Ijok Assemblyman on Saturday.