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Cont’d from my post “Why UMNO got trashed on August 26”.
Both Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and Najib Tun Razakshould resign for bringing UMNO and Malaysian politics to the lowest levels of the country’s history. Mahathir Mohamad’s migration plan may come true after all.
Not that I mind that they are giving UMNO a bad name. Birds of feathers CRASH together.
I was having teh tarik in a mamak stall and the Malay guy that runs the internet cafe upstairs joins me. He was born in 1982 and has his roots in Permatang Pauh.
“I’ve know Anwar (Ibrahim) all my life, so do many youths. We follow his politics. He is convincing, a good strategist and we respect him”.
He expressed delight at Anwar’s return to Parliament. “Cukup best,” he said. We spoke awhile longer, contemplating ‘what’s next?’ now that Anwar has taken his oath as MP in the Dewan Rakyat.
“There seems to be a slight improvement, in spirits, in Malaysia,” he added, referring to the Euphoria of the last few days, after Anwar maintained the Permatang Pauh seat with a bigger majority.
Things are happening as planned, step by step, the guy winked, as if he was privy to PKR’s ‘secret plans’ of staging a coup de tat come September 16.
“We are happy he is now in Parliament. With the other Opposition members, he’ll bring life to Parliament again. Beside, laws can no longer be passed according to the whims and fancies of the powers that be”.
According to this chap, UMNO’s choice to have Najib lead the Permatang Pauh campaign was either ‘purposely planned to make Najib look stupid or it was a poorly thought out strategy”.
In order words, a BIG mistake.
“The Altantuya (Shariibuu) case hangs over him. He has a lot to explain. Moreover, he does not inspire others, the way Anwar can attract people. Najib does not speak well, and cannot command respect from others”.
This is not far from Mahathir Mohammad’s remark that Anwar “can even make the devil follow him”. And if the devil leads him to Putrajaya, will Mahathir migrate as he had promised?
Meanwhile, sending Khairy Jamaluddin (the son-in-law) to Permatang Pauh was also another miscalculation, says my friend. The same goes for Ezam Mohd Nor and S Nallakurapan.
“These characters do not have any credibility – one seems to have amassed lots of wealth from his prime minister father in law. The other two are great betrayers of friendships, to which the Malays frown upon”.
During ceramahs, Khairy raised several points to discredit Anwar. Other than referring to him as a sodomite, Khairy called Anwar a flip-flop and American agent, and vowed to bury the P44 candidate in his home constituency.
Ezam and Nalla threatened to ‘expose’ dark secrets about Anwar, though reporters are still waiting for that fateful day.
“I don’t think Khairy can enter Permatang Pauh again. He did not only criticised Anwar but slandered him,” said my friend.
This boy believes, based on his past observations, that as a Parliamentarian, Anwar will ‘take good care” of Permatang Pauh.
People are NOT buying UMNO’s political gimmicks
The government’s announcement of fuel price reduction of 15 cents in the midst of the campaign period was laughed at by many quarters.
“Everyone knew that it was because of Anwar that the price is down. Without this by-election, we do not think that this will ever see the light of day,” says my Internet cafe chef again.
“And what is so grand about 15 cents? Kepala hotak mereka… We can’t even feel a thing with this reduction. My friends who are doing business are already changing cars, from merc to kancil, just to save on fuel,” he ventured to add.
He also feels that since Abdullah and Najib took over the leadership of the country, things have been going down…down…down…hill.
“Hopefully, with a new government, things will be back to normal and business will start trickling in”.
Playing the race card and losing the game:
“Take the money but vote for Anwar’
UMNO never seem to learn their lessons and want to repeat old methods of working which are already obsolete in this age of Internet, and nuclear bombs.
Trying to instigate the Malays against non-Malays and vice-versa, instilling fear in people’s hearts, especially those who seem to have a collective memory of the MAY 13 bloody riots, failed to bring the desired results – vote BN/UMNO to maintain the so-called ‘peace and stability’.
I knew that we have hope of becoming truly Malaysians when my internet cafe friend remarked:
“Remember that space tourist who Malaysia sent to space? How much money had been spent on him? It is a disgrace. If only we had used that money for something more benefiting like medicine, or bio-chemical, it would not have been so bad.
“And does he deserve a datukship? Isn’t it too soon? what has he achieved for this nation? Look at world champion (tennis player) Nicole David – she had contributed so much and waited so long, and now only conferred a datukship”.
“The unfairness of it all,” he exclaimed. “And now using Olympic badminton player Lee Chong Wei to win Chinese votes in Permatang Pauh. Does he deserve a datukship so soon?”.
I told him I do not think the Olympic gimmick had any bearing on Chinese voters. UMNO had to hide the fact that there was so little support from its other coalition partners, especially MCA and Gerakan that it had to use Lee as a “pawn” to deflect the shame.
Flyers distributed in Permatang pauh accusing Anwar of being a traitor of the Malay race and thus used by Lim Guan Eng to defend Chinese rights.
However, the racist propaganda of a rerun of May 13 still lingers in some minds, especially the elderly.
My mom’s friend call me to ‘check about the current political situation’. “Have you heard any news?” she asks.
“What news?” I asked her instead.
“Oh, will there be trouble if Anwar takes over the federal government? Are the frogs really jumping?”
“Er…I don’t know for sure, everything now is merely speculative,” I tell her.
Then I find out that she had actually planned to go to Gentings with her family.
“Should I go? I had planned the trip earlier,” she admits.
“Why not?” I asked. “If anything bad happens, it might happen to Anwar or his family, not really to us’.
“I heard there will be fighting,” she said.
“WHO wants to fight with them? If no one wants to fight with them, can a fight happen,” I assured her.
There are fears that UMNO “will do anything” to stop Anwar from realising his ambitions.
But why must life take a back seat just because frogs are planning to jump, Anwar is set to take over the Federal government and there is a rumour about a looming civil crisis when that happens?
For all we know, Anwar may just be pulling a stunt to destabilise UMNO and BN, making it easier for them to lose the REAL elections in 2013.
When I told my mom about it, this smart lady says: “Whatever it is, we are now prepared if something like that (May 13) happens again. Last time we were taken by surprise”.
My mom never fails to amaze me. I realise that fear tactics are indeed beginning to lose its appeal and grip on progressive thoughts and actions.
Before my mum’s friend went off the hook, she asked about Malaysia-Today. I updated her on the facts – that the website had been blocked by the government.
We both cursed the action. I then assured her that Raja Petra Kamaruddin is unstoppable.
Deep in my heart, I know that similarly, the people’s desire for change is also UNSTOPPABLE.
UMNO used to be an ‘immovable object’ (borrowing from the movie DARK NIGHT) not long ago.
But UMNO must remember, that nothing in life is permanent.