WHILE THE WIND OF CHANGE IS DEFINITELY HERE – YOU CAN FEEL IT TO THE BONES – NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE ABILITY OF BN-UMNO TO CONJURE UP LAST MINUTE TRICKS TO WIN THE ELECTION BY HOOK OR BY CROOK AS THIS IS THE MOTHER OF ALL ELECTIONS
COMMENT: They came by the thousands.
Malaysians of all races united as one, these scenes replicated up and down the country give you goose bumps.
There had been big crowds attending political rallies before, this time you feel the earth move.
In Kedah, Perak, Johore, Penang even Najib’s home state of Pahang was not spared; there were thousands of them displaying their telephone screens in the dark giving the impression of fireflies everywhere showing their open support for the Dr Mahathir’s led Pakatan Harapan (PH) parties.
In Sabah, the same scene was replicated on Saturday at the Boulevard Mall area in Kota Kinabalu, reminding one of the famous 1985 days when PBS defeated Berjaya unexpectedly. The following night in Tawau, the crowd outdid themselves with over 10,000 in attendance.
They were there to show support for Warisan-PH; could this mean the death knell for BN-UMNO under Najib Razak thus making the RAHMAN prophecy come true?
Of course, BN-UMNO are not short of their loyal supporters either, but too many images have been posted in social media showing there are more chairs than bodies at BN ceramah.
It appears that the show of support for PH is more real, a kind of a people’s movement if you will compared to the more staged BN support.
Najib’s strategists must be losing sleep over this as their usual offer of goodies approach doesn’t seem to be working like the people have actually wised up and can differentiate what’s glass and what’s diamond.
Where have all the flowers gone?
As a result Najib has to go around making more promises; the latest one reported was in Langkawi where Dr Mahathir is the PH candidate there.
We know Najib’s “You-help-me-I-help-you” approach, this time more development and cash promised to the voters there.
Why are the people showing their support to PH openly? Why are they not holding anything back?
They are not actually against BN per se, they are just fed up with Najib and his many scandals and the extravagant lifestyle of his wife, Rosmah.
Put this in the context of the high cost of living, chiefly blamed on the goods and service tax (GST) introduced by Najib, we have a good picture of the anger on the ground.
Not forgetting the 1MDB scandal that simply refused to go away, no matter which way Najib tried to spin it.
The people at least in Malaya have given BN the powers for 60 years without break; the minority have felt the traces of tyranny by the majority at the same time the majority are still at the bottom of the economic ladder.
Things were bound to come to a head.
Last election in 2013, the people, based on popular votes, had told BN they wanted them out; instead of being humble about it, and bucking up, they became more arrogant and came out with more tricks to stay in power.
The redelineation exercise based on race, their refusal to register Dr Mahathir’s party, Pribumi Bersatu whereas our own Lajim Ukin’s party called Parti Harapan Rakyat was approved within a week it was submitted.
For many people the straw that broke the camel’s back was how the opposition candidates were disqualified on nomination day.
Even here the constitution was conveniently cast aside when Najib refused to present before Parliament to increase state seats from 60 to 73, despite the fact that our State Assembly had passed the motion to increase the seats a few year ago.
All this was done because the additional seats, they learned later, might favour the opposition candidates instead.
What people see is a one-sided action to favour those in power to the extent even whistle-blowers are arrested and perpetrators of alleged crimes are running around scot free.
The list goes on.
What’s clear, no respect is shown to the people, and it is only natural for people to be angry and upset.
Despite the roadblocks imposed on this one-sided election, with the opposition with one hand tied behind their back and contesting on an uneven playing field, people are in effect saying enough is enough.
We want fairness and justice and where is the rule of law?
While this is the general scenario in Malaya, people in Sabah are still sober even if anger and discontent can be felt everywhere because of corruption and high cost of living especially in the urban areas.
Maybe it is the Sabahan way not to be too politically expressive in public space; then nobody gave the 48-day-old PBS a chance in hell to defeat the mighty Berjaya government in 1985.
It is safe to say Sabahans generally prefer to do their talking at the polling booths.
This time around, the focus is more on Malaya because of Mahathir. If PH wins there, Sabah and Sarawak have little choice, it is the case of “if you can’t beat them, join them”, despite the results here.
From all reports, it looks like it is a gone case for UMNO over in Malaya.
Sarawak is expected to win most of the parliamentary seats for BN as they just had their state election.
Sabah is still a 50-50 case at the time of writing, these last few hours before polling are crucial as revealed by Warisan Party President, Shafie Apdal at the Boulevard ceramah, BN-UMNO under Musa here has RM300 million to burn, and they are expected to “carpet bomb” the voters during that period especially the day before voting where generosity knows no bounds.
Indeed, Christmas has come early for many of our voters, as Santa Claus is in town.
The wind of change is definitely here, you can feel it to the bones.
Nobody can be that happy yet though.
Never underestimate the ability of BN-UMNO to conjure up last minute tricks to win the election by hook or by crook as this is the mother of all elections.
Yes, we can be cautiously optimistic; then it isn’t over until the fat lady sings.
FORMER CHIEF MINISTER CHONG KAH KIAT’S U-TURN TO BACK MUSA AMAN AND THE BN HAS BECOME THE TALK OF THIS ELECTION. WHAT ENTICED HIM TO ASSIST HIS ARCH RIVAL CAN ONLY BE SPECULATED ON
He said the Chinese would lose out big if they are continued to be influenced by the opposition.
That was really out of the blue turn around ever by a local politician.
Former chief minister, Chong Kah Kiat kept a low profile for over ten years after Musa Aman, our caretaker Chief Minister took over.
It was all over the media that he had a big fallout with Musa especially over Mazu – the Goddess of Mercy statute he had wanted to put up in Kudat to attract tourists to the area.
Chong did well for the tourism business in Sabah, especially the opening up of the Tip of Borneo which is a top tourist draw and also how he had kept Kudat very clean.
Many political neutrals were impressed when he was the Chief Minister, even though for short two years only, he focused on getting rid of the illegals and their settlements. He did a marvellous job in this respect.
Then came the fight with Musa, those who knew him said was he bitter with Musa ever! From all accounts the bridge was definitely burned between the two.
Even before his sudden appearance at the launch of Sabah BN manifesto last Thursday where he was seen shaking hands with Musa declaring his support for BN openly, he was actually supporting Parti Warisan, to the extent of even recommending a Warisan candidate in Tanjung Kapor, his old Kudat state seat.
What happened between that short period before he ran back to BN can only be speculated.
Some said he was upset with VK Liew’s candidacy for Warisan in Batu Sapi, Sandakan. Liew actually killed Chong’s political career in LDP when he won the President’s post. So he could not bear to be in the same boat as Liew.
It is a very clear case of my enemy’s enemy is my friend here.
Some even speculated despite his overtures to Shafie that he was keen to help Warisan, but because of Shafie’s tight schedules, he was ignored as Shafie couldn’t find time to sit down with him.
Chong then decided to throw a spanner in Warisan’s works in so far as Tanjung Kapor and other seats in northern Sabah were concerned.
It was most unfortunate that the respect most people had for him had evaporated because of the current political mood of wanting change.
Friends have become foes, as they saw him as a man of principles, now no longer.
Some people have even resorted calling him “running dog” in the social media to show their displeasure of his current political stance.
Whatever political goodwill he had with some people as a successful chief minister had vanished into thin air, as they felt he had compromised his personal integrity working again with people he once despised.
What a shame!