This blog post is based on DAP’s Forum Perdana at the Penang Chinese Town Hall last night. Photo credits to my lovely friend Jennifer Mourin:

Pakatan Rakyat has yet to overcome its shocking victory at the recent Sibu by-election, and now harbours fantasies of taking one giant leap to Putrajaya, the country’s administrative capital. They are quite convinced that after Sibu, they can, hand in hand, conquer Premier Najib Razak’s BN government.Can they do it?

If PR can make inroads into Sabah and Sarawak, party leaders warn, the Opposition coalition may very well be on their way to seize the federal government in the coming 13th general elections, rumoured to be around the first quarter of next year.

Oh, so very soon! Have you people registered as voters?

In a forum organised by DAP in Penang last night, every PR leader that spoke on stage, boasted about how courageous Sibu voters were, who did not cave in despite offers of monetary pledges worth millions from the Federal government.

They poured scorn over Najib’s antics in Sibu, including his lightning visit to the Tua Pek Kong temple and his ‘infamous vote buying’ speech at Rejang Park, which they claimed, actually contributed to the downfall of the BN and Supp, its coalition member in Sarawak, in the “buy election”.

“Even in the face of extortion, offer of millions of ringgit in the form of development and allocation for schools, churches and organizations, none of these could sway the hearts of the voters,” said State chairperson Chow Kon Yeow.

Bukit Mertajam MP Chong Eng was even more daring and dubbed the Sibu win as a ‘mid term review’ for the DAP and PR.

 “We passed with flying colors” she thundered, while the 1,000 strong crowd who filled the  Town Hall where the forum took place, clapped joyously.

She recounted her ‘tough’ journey into the interiors of Sibu to reach out to voters in long-houses and claimed that the party’s victory was indeed a ‘miraculous’ outcome which ended Umno’s notion of East Malaysia being its ‘fixed deposit’.  

Bukit Bendera MP Liew Chin Tong, captured the attention of the audience with a video documentary of the Sibu by-election.

He later presented an analysis of DAP’s various strategies which managed to overturn BN’s influence in the Chinese dominated state.

He claimed that DAP faced an uphill task as half of the state was allegedly ‘controlled by big bosses (taiko) aligned to Supp’ and that the former employed most of the people in Sibu.

“The first hurdle was to get the people to vote against their bosses,” he said, adding that it was a challenge to penetrate into the longhouse community as it was tightly controlled by village heads who were paid monthly by the government.

“For those who said that DAP has all the opportunities to win in Sibu because 67 percent of the voters there were Chinese, really do not understand Sarawak politics at all,” added Liew.

Bandar Kuching MP Chong Chieng Jen, who also attended the forum, concurred with Liew, saying that 50 percent of Sibu’s economy is controlled by timber tycoons aligned to Supp and Chief Minister Taib Mahmood.

“But our win in Sibu has caused panic in BN, where its leaders started to talk nonsense,” said Chong, although BN denied that it is horrified by the recent polls.

“A day after Sibu polls, Taib said that if a cock crows once, it does not mean that the dawn is near,” he added.

“But what Taib fails to understand is that when one cock crows, many others would follow,” he added, rousing laughter in the already excited crowd.

Meanwhile, PAS central committee member, Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad, dubbed the victory of the Sibu polls as the “sweetest of all” because Pakatan managed to overturn BN’s 3,235 majority in 2008, to the coalition’s 398 majority win in 2010.

He said it was a miraculous win because “the people and God were with us”.

“During polling day it rained and flooded, and since flooding is such a big problem in Sibu, it reminded the people to vote against BN as it had done nothing for the people for years,” joked the Kuala Selangor MP.

Penang Deputy Chief Minister P Ramasamy said Sibu was a ‘symbolic’ victory for Pakatan rakyat as it indicated the possibility of BN losing in the 13th general elections.

He said BN’s ‘blatant corruption’ practices did not work in Sibu.

“We told the people of Sibu, take the money that BN offers, it is your money, but when it comes to voting time, vote Pakatan Rakyat,” added the Batu Kawan parliamentarian.

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng who arrived at the eleventh hour, gave a long and rousing speech of about 30 minutes, where he sang praises of the state government’s recently launched ‘report card’.

He incessantly waved the yellow pamphlet and spoke about the achievements Pakatan Rakyat governments have made in the two years since the 2008 political tsunami, which included better services to the public and monetary appreciation like the RM100 awards to senior citizens.

But he criticised Najib for acting like a ‘santa claus’ in Sibu, bearing ‘gifts’ which made it look as if the state was going to have ‘an early Christmas’.

However, Lim cautioned voters about the countless ‘crocodiles’ (read: Taib and his cronies) resting in the rivers of Sarawak.

“Vote PR (in the next elections) and we can help you catch and get rid of all these crocodiles,” he said sarcastically.

Despite the euphoria at DAP’s performance in Sibu and the provoking presentations by Pakatan leaders, a participant at the forum last night, said she wished there were some critical analysis of the by-election and not merely propaganda speeches.

READ also blog post on the same event by Masterwordsmith: GET CRACKING, PAKATAN RAKYAT.

58 responses »

  1. wits0 says:

    PR should avoid hubris. Why need it borrow this yucky trait from BN?

  2. Ho Ho Ho says:

    💡 It’s Like MAGIC bcoz DREAMS will comes TRUE💡😆 One Way Or Another we really need to CHANGE this bumNO corrupted to the core Goment that only know how to pretend n plays their sick Sandiwara@Drama years after years n that one FINAL WORD😳 ENOUGH IS ENOUGH😳
    PEOPLES POWER will show them an EXIT to their DRAMAdreamland
    Ho😆 Ho😆 Ho😆
    DARE TO DREAM

  3. Ho Ho Ho says:

    Ho💡 Ho💡 Ho💡😆 I only help my Mom to sell ‘Huat Kuih’ when I was just a little kid😆🙄 Que Sera Sera😆 Will I be RICH,A POLITICIAN or a HANDSOME ACTOR❓😆

  4. Menyalak-Er says:

    Yep, don’t deem wet-dreams as reality.
    This euphoria is misplaced. A lot of work to do, as the interiors of East Malaysia lack access to basic info and are very difficult to reach (physically). Same like the ‘safety deposit’ areas in rural heartland of the peninsular like the Felda etc. schemes. Here the block is mental not physical. PKR and Pas must cover these well and its tough going.
    Urban areas less a problem, but need caution lest the ‘hubris’ catches them with their pants down. We must not let pure emotion rule but reason and meaning.

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  6. tan, tanjong bungah says:

    Hi everyone,

    It’s a morale booster, but don’t be complacent for a lot of hard work is definitely needed from now onwards in the march to the next GE!

    The PR needs to strategise and work very hard towards getting close to the rural populace as well as marginised minority groups, like the Ibans, Dayaks in Sabah and Sarawak, as well as those in the peninsular. Expose to them the past and current history of the mismanagement and hijack of the NEP of the past half-a-century – show the people, especially those in the rural and interiors, the evidence of such hijacking of govt affirmative action of the past to enrich the BNputras/UMNOputras and their cronies.

  7. bangkalipoeylukiaka says:

    Kudos to all the residents of Sibu for their courage and PR workers, DUNs and MPs for all the hard work to snatch the seat from BN. However, PR still needs to combat two major issues in Borneo, namely the postal votes, the voters in Sabah registered under Project Mamak Kutty and the transport of ballot boxes through speed boats (remember Batang Ai?) and secondly, the strong support for BN by the rural voters. If you all can overcome these hurdles, then Putrajaya is yours. By the way, PR must not be so naive that the most evil and corrupt party will easily give up all their powers even if they lost the 13th GE (most probably held in Nov 2011). They have too much too lose and they may resort to extremely dirty and drastic measures in order to cling on to the power circle. High stakes of monies will be one of their tricks to buy the FROGS. So be very careful and choose your candidates wisely, and be very well-prepared for the “non-gentlemanly behaviour from you know who”and please have a contingency plan.

  8. Ho Ho Ho says:

    Ho🙄 Ho🙄 Ho🙄 😯 Many of my FRENS told me last Sunday that if PR put a MONKEY in B.Baru to challenge that ‘frog’ human Zah-rain pom pom in next election😆 they will vote for the MONKEY instead bcoz MONKEY are better than that Zah pom pom ‘frog’ man😯😳 Many was so ANGRY with that Zah ‘frog’ pom pom bcoz ….. The Trouble with❓
    http://www.malaysiakini.com/letters/132789

  9. Menyalak-er says:

    The problem in GE-12 was that PKR didn’t have enough candidates or failed to vet them properly. Dap was more mature except for that tailess tadpole Hee. PAS not having any problems. I can predict a desperate internicene battle within Pakatan for seat allocation for the upcoming GE-13. It is better that the strategists start to get the ‘haggling’ over with than to face the conundrum of so-called ‘Independents’ like we have now. For all we know, Jibbo might call for one to coincide with Sarawak’s state assembly. Not likely seeing the disarray within Be_end, but to be forewarned is to be prepared.

  10. monsterball says:

    It is natural to celebrate a miracle.
    It is when to stop the celebration and get back to business that matters.
    LKS has stop celebrating and looking forward with confidence.

  11. Menyalak-er says:

    Monty, you are doing well. Continue with such wisdom, clarity, seriousness, brevity and we shall all celebrate when the time is appropriate. One must forgive so that ‘oneself’ can move on. Remember we are on the same side and we mustn’t waste each other energies, but instead give support when needed. Otherwise, we will fail like those tadpoles who jump because of emotions, greed and pride.

    I can’t speak for others, but we shall call a truce. We may disagree in inconsequentials, but politely. In all things: civility, humility and respect for one another. Can or not?
    In general, we must work for the betterment of the only mother/father-land we know and cherish. We must not let our dark side dictate.

    I see a renewal of Susan’s blog – what we need now is an ongoing coversation on nation building and of how this country can move forward from the past. We learn from the past, but we must not dwell in it. I think we have to reflect on PR’s shortcomings too, as they are our only hope for change. They will listen, as we invite all those who are not sitting on their intellectual high-towers to participate. Meanwhile we shall hentam all those who refuse to see progress and prefer to hide in their feudalistic, narcissistic, rascist and religious bigotry (i.e.fascist), corrupt, mediocre, or downright incompetent rent seeking ways.

    C’mon guys, let’s wrest Putrajaya from the clutches of those who plunder and malign us!

  12. hutchrun says:

    The Indian Fish G_d & Malay Holy Cow are alredi fighting over the rotting carcass ….scatography as a form of liberation:

    VEL! VEL! GADO GADO
    http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/bahasa/article/anak-samy-vellu-pertahan-dakwaan-terhadap-umno/

  13. hutchrun says:

    Vel Pari ,The Malay Indian Fish-y G-d, is nowhere near this:
    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jTToZb5_sZ3l5zoP7h4799CkAzIQ

  14. wits0 says:

    Vel : Hey, I didn’t borrow from Pluto!

  15. Ho Ho Ho says:

    Ho😆 Ho😆 Ho😆💡 ‘Koong Ter Wu liang’ by forgiving others with good religion tolerance in positive way of life n carry on forward to a more prosperous n happy + successful 2moro💡😆 Well said Mr Menyalak-er n ‘berganding bahu’ we all PR can make it oneday😆
    KEEP IT UP

  16. Ho Ho Ho says:

    Ho😯 Ho😯 Ho😯😳 Ai yo yoyoyo Petrol price going UP again😳
    Shh Shh SHIT with those useless bananas bunch management😳
    http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/132862

  17. Ho Ho Ho says:

    Ho🙄 Ho🙄 Ho🙄😳 Dey Ai yo yoyoyo sammy need to pack his luggage by 2011😯 Ai yoyo just go n join that tikus ong la🙄 http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/132858

  18. bangkalipoeylukiaka says:

    To all average wage earner out there (whose salary has been stagnant for the past 25 years), this so-called subsidies cut (staggered over 5 years accordingly )will knock many middle class off balance and be regrouped in “poor or hardcore poor” group. The gap between the ultra-rich and the poor will be widened. Be very careful about your balance sheet.

  19. wits0 says:

    No wonder Dr. M is confident PROTON cars can find an export market.
    http://scottthong.wordpress.com/2010/05/27/outrageous-saudis-pay-tens-of-thousands-less-than-malaysians-for-proton-cars/

    PR, are you deaf and lame?

  20. parkit says:

    Govt has very little money. They are very desperate. They up deep sh*t creek (saiful). Their leader: 1Psycho “NoClear” Najis Tong Rosak

    Pyschopaths on the loose
    GDP growth as a measure of economic well-being tends to serve the interests of Big Business rather than those of ordinary people.
    http://anilnetto.com/accountability/pyschopaths-on-the-loose/

  21. Ho Ho Ho says:

    😯 Is ARAB ber their ‘abang & adik’ too❓❓❓
    http://bit.ly/aMm9oZ😳 PR must bising kacau lawan for RAKYAT to get VIP price also o.k🙄🙄🙄

  22. wits0 says:

    Economic treason to the public = nationalism? MahaPervert!

  23. wits0 says:

    Classic BULLSH*T from Umno:

    Idris Jala: M’sia risks becoming Greece in 9 years
    Malaysia risks becoming the next Greece unless voters swallow subsidy cuts that will see the price of petrol, food, electricity and other staples rise, a government minister warned today.
    —————————————————————————————————————————-
    Greece became what it is due to massive corruption from within its System!

    No cuts in subsidies can compensate for the M’sian Gomen’s voracious wastages and corruptions from the very top itself.

  24. Ho Ho Ho says:

    😯 Ai yo yoyoyo 2012 the END of ❓ but now 9 YEARS will go BANKRUPT😯
    http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/132861🙄 HABIS😳 BO LIOW😳 POCHI😳

  25. gdp says:

    I would really question this comparison:

    “The numbers on our federal debt are becoming frighteningly familiar. The debt is projected to equal 140 percent of gross domestic product within two decades. Add in the budget troubles of state governments, and the true shortfall grows even larger. Greece’s debt, by comparison, equals about 115 percent of its G.D.P. today.”

    Um, that’s comparing a (highly uncertain) projection of debt 20 years from now — a projection that’s based on the assumption of unchanged policy — with actual debt now. Actual US federal debt is only about half that high now. And it’s worth pointing out that Greek debt is projected to rise to 149 percent of GDP over the next few years — and that’s with the austerity measures agreed with the IMF.

    -Paul Krugman, NY Times

  26. kahkahkahkah says:

    Mamak restaurants promoting Roti Jala.

  27. Gdp says:

    The most important liberalisation he has failed to undertake is to provide a comprehensive review of the NEP and to introduce meritocracy into the system.

    Liberalisation is not by giving more soccer gambling licenses. I agree with Azly that it is a new social cancer which is waiting to wreck many households.
    http://khookaypeng.blogspot.com/2010/05/najibs-economic-model-nem-topsy-turvy.html

  28. kahkahkahkah says:

    Get rid of that 2 useless submarines and eurocopters.
    Get rid of Hishamuddin.
    Cut Defence expenditure by 50% – Peace bladder (ask Dr M).
    Cut all the waste full spending like a New York times ad for the 1st lady .
    Don’t need a new batik shirt for each opening ceremony Najib goes to.

  29. Menyalak-er says:

    Kahx4, batik shirts? I thought Jibbo from the Bateq tribe, a Greek bearing griefs and woes.
    Err.. flurs, the letters on this blog very small and color a wee bit off, huh? I guess i need to ask roti Jala for a new pair of magnifying glasses or a 32 inch LCD monitor huh?

  30. wits0 says:

    Roti Jala traded Integrity for datukship.

  31. gunong tahan says:

    LKS was responsible for the 1st 513.

    Now LGE will be responsible for the 2nd 513.

  32. Ho Ho Ho says:

    😳 Whole bunch of those B-eNd goons only know how to buy n spend RAKYAT n Country Resources $$$Money until ‘eelek pochi’ n know wanna find WAY OUT by INCREASE this n that😳 WAKE UP ALL MALAYSIANS😆😆 :lol:THE MAIN CAUSE n PROBLEMs IS YOU B-eNd😯 YOU CANNOT MANAGE NO MORE n WE NEED CHANGE😳
    http://bit.ly/ckFNau

  33. Ho Ho Ho says:

    😳 Malaysians from all races are actually friendly with one another n really busy working hard for the $$$MONEY n where got time to ‘cari pasai’ or fight each others❓❓❓
    The only sick SHIT goons is that RACIST politicians from bumNO who are rich n greedy la that will use all his EVILs👿 to kacau bilau only bcoz they afraid RAKYAT gonna rejects them very soon😳 WE ARE WATCHING EVERY OF THEIR EVIL MOVE:mrgreen: http://www.malaysiakini.com/columns/132762

  34. Ho Ho Ho says:

    😳 WTF🙄 PERKOSA sub-human frog wants 67% shareeee n this PEMBANTU wanna increase toll to 67% tOoooooo😳 What a coincidence this racist doing DRAMA II PERKOSA@PEMBANTU 2 in 1 toilet doing evil kacau bilau now for RAKYAT😳
    http://bit.ly/d0TwKV

  35. straycat's strut says:

    On the road to putrajaya… goodluck to u people. Its a long way but well, when even monsterball can be a good man these days, everything else is possible?

    PR won sibu because the chinese are smart enough to know that its better to be 1Chinese. The rest is still clueless and yup, I am looking forward for a TPM from DAP next year. Who said a chinese can’t be PM afterall? Don’t worry. PAS will remain clueless. Somebody has to provide the cheap labor, tampal poster, demo, go to cheramah…and they don’t ask much. They just want to go to heaven and and why not, put LGE as PM in the process.

    Hi Monsterball. Is that HoHoHo guy the same person as you?

  36. Ho Ho Ho says:

    :mrgreen: Hi Monsterball . Is that Ho Ho Ho guys the same person as you ? by Straycat’s Strut👿 ( sound like pondan this meow meow cat )❗❗😳 Wio meow meow if you spread your both legs open WIDE then you will know whether we are same or not:mrgreen: SHAME on you Straycat’s Strut😳

  37. Menyalak-Er says:

    Yep almost all things are possible, except attitude changes as per be-end species.
    Useful though, these mycelial things as they are important for oppurtunistic infections, fermentation and rotting.

  38. Ho Ho Ho says:

    Ho💡 Ho💡 Ho💡😆 Go Holly Go n Every DREAMS start from this 1st BRAVE STEP FORWARD😆

  39. kahkahkahkah says:

    “….meow meow if you spread your both legs open WIDE then you will know…”

    Ijok deli-catsy

  40. Ho Ho Ho says:

    ijok deli-catsy itchy bitsiiiii need to be phuck like that roti jala goons:mrgreen:

  41. Amir says:

    Semi Value -1, Moo yidin-0

    BN Malays tell farting indian beggars to bugger off
    http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/pwtc-blows-off-gas/

  42. october22 says:

    “Najib: Pemandu’s figures merely projections May 27, 10 8:49PM
    ….played down his own ministry’s estimates that Malaysia would be bankrupt by 2019, unless subsidy bills are slashed.”

  43. october22 says:

    If what Idris Jala said is true there should be a run on the ringgit NOW & Zeti should resign.

  44. zaidi says:

    Najib tak makan roti jala.
    RTM, NST, Star, Utusan saje makan roti jala.

  45. zaidi says:

    We won’t chase you away, PKR tells Utusan

    Utusan Malaysia is “not welcome” at the three-day PKR national congress in Kota Bharu, its deputy president Syed Husin Ali said.
    http://malaysiakini.com/news/132964

    That means they will turn up to cause trouble. All got mooooooyidin lembu skin.

  46. wits0 says:

    Roti Jala needs the Datukship to speak with fake authority and peddle fake Panadols.

    He insults us all by not mentioning about the RM456 billion!
    http://drfelixchong.com/2010/04/21/where-have-rm-456-billion-petronas-money-gone/

  47. kahkahkahkah says:

    Wait and see, the Koh Najib (Pulau Najib) will give roti jala high ratings

  48. kahkahkahkah says:

    Kay Pee I : IGP Musa Hassan

  49. kahkahkahkah says:

    MIC accuses Umno of being behind the move to oust Samy Vellu.

    PWTC cancels the booking for the anti-Samy Vellu rally to be held on its premises.

    Umno Youth says the MIC Youth leader is insolent.

    MIC threatens to leave BN.

    Ibrahim Ali, PERKASA and Dr Mahathir Mohamad instructed not to oppose the new football betting licence for Vincent Tan.
    http://www.malaysia-today.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=32086:do-what-i-say-not-do-what-i-do&catid=20:no-holds-barred&Itemid=100087#comments

  50. apalagi says:

    (MACC) Deputy Commissioner has been paid a sum of RM 10 Million by Tiong King Sing to give full protection to Liow Tiong Lai to close his corruption case in regards to the Toyota Alphard which is worth more than half million Ringgit.
    http://kamal-talksmalaysia.blogspot.com/2010/03/how-dato-sri-liow-tiong-lai-been.html

  51. apalagi says:

    “Another very silly excuse given by Deputy Commissioner to his Director of Investigation and officers that during the MCA campaign for fresh election no investigation can be carried out. He told his officer that MACC do not want to be seen to take side. It’s a very beautiful excuses but I would like to suggest it is better to declare MACC is on holiday during any party election or better to close down MACC during the party election, so nobody can accuse MACC take side. I believe public would share the feeling with me that its better for Deputy Commissioner to take leave during party election or resign and sleep at home so nobody can accuse him for investigating and take side.”

  52. Ho Ho Ho says:

    Ho🙄 Ho🙄 Ho🙄😳 Like an Orange 😆 this Sammy veluuu got not more juice n all his hair also ‘pochi’ then sure mooHIDDING stand ‘belakang’ to throw him out ASAP bcoz usless already lo😆
    Ai yo yoyoyo😯

  53. wits0 says:

    No matter what stunts the MACC tries now, its reputation is already done for.

  54. wits0 says:

    The amount of head nodding that this jerk Kow Tow Koon does in his verbose and tangential reply to the MP from Serdang truly indicates the amount of characteristic kowtowing that he is famous for – to umno.

    Puke!

  55. Ho Ho Ho says:

    Ho😆 Ho😆 Ho😆😆 Like it or not you can just go KICK the butt of the 1 who approved this sports betting license bcoz they don’t care about your family n childrens future of the consequence of Gambling in long term🙄 but we PR care for you n your family future💡
    http://bit.ly/cfCipZ

  56. Pegasus says:

    Malaysia started on the road to bankruptcy more then 30 years ago under the Mamak’s guidance , all the years of corruption accumalation by the BN regime is finally coming to a bust..while the Mamak was looking for a full develop nation in 2020,Jala just threw a bombshell..the country will instead go bust by 2019 instead..!!! Ha..ha..great going…time to kick the BN regime out for good in the coming 13th GE..! We don’t need any more convincing..the whole thing is spread naked …for the rakyat’s to see for themselves..!!!

  57. I'm Malaysian says:

    We must kick those Naj tong regime out for good in this coming 13th GE..
    I’m Malaysian first..

  58. wits0 says:

    BTW, MP Chong Eng could dye her hair – that’s not about vanity, more in line with what company executives often do to look dynamic and not unnecessarily archaic.

    What say?

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