Jed’s back writing!

Jed Yoong, the twenty plus young DAP woman who was the editor (English edition) of the DAP’s mouth piece, Rocket, is back in the news again. Her article was published in the Star (www.thestar.com.my) today, under ‘Letters’ about her analysis and PKR’s ability to self audit its own strength and what is working for them, after the humiliating defeat in Ijok.

Opinion

PKR should find out why it lost

THE Opposition’s lament about electoral fraud, intimidation and violence is even more tiring than a broken record.

Especially so after losing in the recent state assembly by-election in Ijok.

As usual upon defeat, the Opposition will cry “foul” and point to a “dirty election” but when they win, they are strangely silent.

Why not cry foul after Lunas or in Permatang Pauh, where Parti Keadilan Rakyat president and only Member of Parliament Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail retained her seat after a recount.

All the allegations about the Barisan Nasional (BN) using government resources, “importing” phantom voters and using police intimidation to win elections are nothing new.

PKR must now face the fact that it lost the Ijok by-election because it failed to secure the Indian votes which consist of about 3,000 or 28% of total votes.

If it had received just 30% of these, this would translate into 1,000 more votes for PKR.

BN was able to secure solid backing from the community after MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu went down to the ground to campaign door-to-door twice.

Of course, there were the free sewing machines and 800 land titles but PKR should look beyond these and ask why they failed to get any Indian vote; the other communities were similarly “pampered” by the BN and yet they voted for PKR.

I was there for most of the campaign period and witnessed the hooliganism on nomination day.

To solely blame BN for violence is inaccurate for PKR supporters shouted insults directed at Umno Youth deputy chief Khairy Jamaluddin and at Umno Youth chief and Education Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein.

Throughout the campaign period, PKR supporters displayed an inclination for provocation and violence, such as stopping Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s car on polling day and taking the law into their own hands to “arrest” alleged phantom voters on board two buses.

Those who claim to fight for the rule of law should respect the law.

PKR has also been calling BN a racist party, but in Ijok the BN proved that it believes in power-sharing and supported an Indian candidate despite calls from Umno for a Malay candidate in the Malay-majority constituency.

The different component parties also worked together with a single cohesive ideology to secure victory.

The Opposition is still swimming about in a pool of conflicting ideologies – DAP fights for a secular state, PAS for an Islamic state and PKR for Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

For them, the battle for Ijok somehow became a battle between Anwar and Najib.

Then somewhere along the line, to secure Chinese votes, Anwar proclaims wo me do ze yi jia ren (we are now one family) to the Chinese and supports vernacular education.

But what alternative would PKR be offering in terms of government; and to Ijokians, how their lives would be better with PKR in the state assembly?

So instead of crying foul over the “dirty electoral process”, PKR should take a good hard look at why it failed to win the Ijok by-election.

JED YOONG,
Kuala Lumpur.

Jed is critical of PKR’s attitude and policies addressing Ijok and her analysis of election strategies and failed working relationships amongst the Oppositions.

She created some fuss amongst DAP members with her blog, Freelunch 2020 (now closed) because of her published her thoughts and support against the Chinese vernacular school. Her integrity as the Rocket Editor was opposed by some DAP supporters who read her blogs.

Nice to see Jed back in the thinking and writing mode. Well done, Jed Yoong!

Published in: on May 4, 2007 at 19:26  Comments (7)  

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  1. I have got a question: why PKR did not get substantial votes from the Malays despite fielding a Malay ‘giant’ against an Indian minnow? Don’t mean to be racial here; just a question to satisfy my curiosity.

  2. Dee Ann,

    It clearly shows that Anwar Ibrahim’s brand of rhetorics politics is no longer ‘laku’ (‘marketable’) amongst the the Malays. The Malays are practical. They don’t bloody care whether Najib Razak know or do not know Altantuya Shaaribuu. They want development brought to them; street lights, bigger mosques, paved road even in the boondocks, more job opportunities etc etc etc.

    The are also not impressed with Anwar’s philosophical politics. Anwar Ibrahim did not go to Ijok and talk about their issues. Anwar Ibrahim went to Ijok to talk about Anwar’s issues. Who in Ijok bloody give a toss what Anwar think and feel????

    Do you think PKR can change and start talking and really have a plan that is convincing enough about the constituencies’ issues they are at and actually influence the voters?

    I don’t think so!

  3. and its proven that brader Parthiban’s skin color does not matter. Put any heavyweights, be it tian chua, azmin or even anwar, my money will still be on this one “minnow indian”.

  4. Dee Ann…for a moment I thought who you are referring to. Ha ha…Dee Ann pun Dee Ann lah, boleh jugak.

    Thanks for your insights BigDog and kerp. If PKR can’t change and ‘go to the ground’ to serve the people, then it is not relevant anymore esp in rural and semi rural areas. The sad thing is we have to wait for the death of ADUNs and or MPs to see a surge of developments in that area and ‘superstars’ to appear. Kalau takda by-election, habuk pun tarak. This, in a sense, is ‘bribing’ voters. We still need to a strong opposition to keep BN on their toes, to continue to serve the well being of the people. Without an effective opposition, BN will be too arrogant and aloof.

  5. Dee Ann and Kerp,

    BN is ultra strong aka 199 rep (90%) in the 219 seat Dewan Rakyat because not the rakyat find BN so good and the best. Its because the rakyat do not have credible Oppositions to rely upon.

    Who? DAP? Same leaders since 60s? PAS? Are you serious about these ppl? PKR? Since when they care anything BUT their issues? Most of all, what is their PLAN when they take over? NOTHING! Neither of them hv any plan!

    I’ve written about it, called “Oppositions flawed opus”, last month.

    In Peninsular, there will be no more by elections even though any MP or ADUN dies. Its the three year period. After three years, if any member dies, then the Assembly can opt not to hv by election till the next General Elections.

    Yes, without a credible Oppositions, BN behave aloof and so high and mighty. Like Tan Sri Wan Mokhtar (Terengganu) once and now PM Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. Too many very stubborn ‘Yes’ men around PM Abdullah to completely insulate and isolate him will real issues and messages/feelings from the rakyat. And the PM Abdullah is not the sort of leader who goes out looking for info on his own. That is the failure of this administration now.

    Actually, some UMNO grassroot hate this and trying to change. Too much “Jaga Boss” culture in UMNO now.

  6. Coming from a UMNO member, you are frank in your assessment. When Pak Lah won the the last GE with a landslide victory, it was based on his manifesto. We all remember the fliers and front page newspaper advertisements. Three year down the road, the rakyat is feeling edgy. Did he overpromise? Can he pull it through? Is it the same all over again just like his predecessor(s)? Kaki bodek and Jaga Boss culture is prevalent in Msia even in other races. It is now a test of leadership – the Pak Lah leadership to pull the country in the right direction: more openness, efficiency, effectiveness, social justice, development, education, health, employment, safety and a sense that every race has a place in this country. For the lack of better word, I call it the Nazrin doctrine. Or it is just utopia?

  7. I must emphasize this point.

    The rakyat had always reciprocated positively to a change of administration/leadership. 1974, Tun Razak’s first General Election and first after the birth of Barisan Nasional and commencement New Economic Policy (NEP), results were good. So did Dato’ Hussein Onn in 1978, where BN wrested Kelantan from PAS, first time ever.

    1982 saw Dato’ Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohamad had a convincing mandate from the rakyat. And 21 March 2004, “Feel Good” factor + Mr. Clean image + promises of anti corruption + Dr. Mahathir haters giving Pak Lah a chance, BN got 90% of Dewan Rakyat.

    Utopia as it maybe, there is only somewhat can be achieved, realistically, especially with limited resources at all ends. Put all the variables in a matrix, you win some, you have to lose some. As they say, you cannot have the cake and eat it.

    Example, can you get complete Freedom of Speech and Expression without someone accidentally or by design, trampling over the sensitive racial lines and ultra sensitive religious parameters?

    In a laissez faire economy, can you realistically get a situation where products and services are very cheap, wages at all time high and inflation very low?

    Can Malaysians survive completely without foreign labour (not even maid and constructions sector)?

    I dunno. What I was thought in school, you cannot solve complicated situations with simplistic solutions. It will not work!


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