8 March 2008: An analysis a year later


Tonight is a night of the anniversary of an agony of defeat. It was the darkest moment for Barisan Nasional (BN) in over 53 years. It was the defining moment where BN was brought down to its knees.

It was this time exactly last year, we conceded that BN was obliterated in the states of Selangor, Perak, Pulau Pinang and Kedah. We were in Alor Setar that night and it was so clear when we had to whisper to the fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad that several Cabinet Ministers we ‘gunned down’ in their own stronghold; Dato’ Seri S. Samy Vellu, Dato’ Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil, Dato’ Aziz Shamsuddin and Tan Sri Koh Tsu Koon. His eyes were glued to the large screen TV in his Kepala Batas private home, to watch one by one, BN lost to Pakatan Rakyat (PR). Just before midnight, he flew back to Kuala Lumpur and waking up in an awe.

There were euphoria in Shah Alam, Ipoh, Georgetown and Alor Setar. The blue flag was taken down from all the Menteri Besars’ residences that very night. Now that is has been a year, perhaps it would be another defining moment to take stock.

The morning after, Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad urged PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to take responsibility and resign for the humiliating defeat that BN had to face. However, the latter in thick-face  BN Chairman came out to face Malaysians with “We did not lose. We are still the majority”. Three days after that, newly elected Jerlun MP Dato’  Mukhriz Mahathir wrote to PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah asking him to fully assume the responsibility and resign. That did not go well with many UMNO leaders. Former Vice President Tengku Razaleigh wrote to all 20,000 branch leaders asking them to conduct EGMs to discuss UMNO and BN’s poor performance and a road map to move forward.

First sign of trouble when HRH Rulers started to take a stand a refused to appoint PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah’s nominated Menteri Besars. These unprecedented incidences almost became a constitutional crisis in Perlis and Terengganu.

Then, it was the new Cabinet announced. PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah brought in unassuming rejected ‘has-beens’ in politics back into the Government, in the likes of Senator Tan Sri Muhammad “Mike Tyson” Muhd. Taib and Dato’ Zaid Ibrahim. Son-in-law linked MPs like Dato’ Shaziman Abu Mansor and Dato’ Ismail Sabri Yunus were made Cabinet Minister as well.

On the other hand, being the main campaign engine during elections, no Wanita UMNO was in. That created a huge controversy at a point of mutiny. Momentarily, PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah brought in defeated Women and Social Development Minister Dato’ Sharizat Jalil as an ‘adviser with ministerial status’ even though Wanita UMNO Chief Dato’ Seri Rafidah Aziz managed to retain her Kuala Kangsar parliamentary seat. Later, former Maybank MD Dato’ Amirsham Aziz was brought in as Minister in charge of EPU.

Slightly a month later, former abuse of power convict Anwar Ibrahim celebrated his ’emancipation’ from the limitations of being an ex-convict. At the Black 14 rally, Anwar announced his Ketuanan Rakyat tagline and also promised that Pakatan Rakyat would form the next Federal Government, as early as within four weeks. Again, that call was reitirated later that by 16 September 2008, PR would rule Malaysia. Till present, that never came through.

More and more UMNO Leaders talk about the need to change for the sake of the Malays, especially via the ‘transition of power’. Many middle UMNO leaders felt that the rakyat, especially the younger generation need to see changes, to convince them back into giving support to the nationalist party. UMNO has been said to be an elitist party and it has to be ‘rooted back’ to the members. At an UMNO retreat, some leaders actually openly ask PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah to go, for the betterment of the party.

When so much focus on UMNO, Tun Dr. Mahathir was invited to be interviewed in BBC’s Hard Talk and he clarified to the world what PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah was doing and who Anwar Ibrahim really was. Despite of BN’s poor performance, PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah remained under the spell of the ‘Level Four Boys’.

PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah’s lacklustre management in the pretext of ‘openess’ saw how the national integration starting to slip, especially via series of ‘intellectual discourse’ NGOs beginning to organise and openly look into ultra sensitive matters such as ‘social contract’ and the New Economic Policy (NEP). Many antagonists used these platforms as a mean ‘”towards builing Malaysia into a civil society” to insult the sensitivities and position of majority, to a point of provocation.

On Tun Dr. Mahathir’s birthday, PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah announced his ‘power transition plan’ to DPM Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak, in the hopes that it will simmer down the pressure within and put a glimmer of expectations of good tidings coming our way.

Then came the Saiful Bukhary Azlan sodomy case. Like usual, Anwar “Drama King” Ibrahim would put his ‘conspiracy theory’ defense mechanism. Its a ‘new act to an old drama’.

Performance wise, PR never did fulfill what they promised the rakyat. In Selangor, they threw in sundry so many things. 20M cube FOC. Then free kindergarten. More allowances. They even allowed a proposal to make a mega pig farm a go ahead, which drew so many controversies.

In Penang, DAP Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng conceded that they failed to eliminate the poverty within one year of coming to power.

In Perak, DAP-puppet MB Nizar Jamaluddin started to give away lands to Chinese settlers, under the pretext of 999 year lease. That was said to tick of HRH Paduka Seri Sultan, on top of the issue of Perak Religious Department Director summarily transfer.

In Kedah, MB Azizan was plagued with timber concessions scandals, something typical of PAS administration. The pattern was simillar to Kelantan’s.

In all, Pakatan Rakyat did not do much, even after a year. Somehow rakyat simply forgotten when PAS President Hadi Awang was campaigning in the 10th November 1999 General Elections, he promised that when PAS takes over Terengganu “We will enforce Hudud before the sun comes up”. Until 5 years later when BN took over, there was no Hudud.

In August, PKR President Wan Azizah Wan Ismail vacated her Permatang Pauh parliamentary seat to make way for PKR Adviser Anwar Ibrahim. He wasn’t even a party member. That by-election saw his comeback into the Dewan Rakyat after ten years of absence. He was elected the Opposition Leader, replacing his wife.

There is a dynasty in the House now. Anwar and daughter, Lim Kit Siang and son and Karpal Singh and sone. All PR Leaders. All the same time.

In mean time, UMNO pushed hard to make sure that PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah fulfill his decision to hand over the Leadership in a ‘transition of power’ to DPM Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak. Division level AGMs commenced from first week of October. On the last leg, many saw the active under current to nominate PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah as President, as UMNO Supreme Council moved the planned December AGM to March 2009.

By Early October, PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah conceded and announced that he shall not run for any post. With nominations for DPM Najib pouring in as UMNO President, his ascension to the Leadership was certain. Within a year of BN’s poor performance, the Leadership shifted.

In late November, Deputy Education  Minister Dato’ Razali Ismail was called to be with the Lord. That paved way for another by-election, in Kuala Terengganu.  Against popular notion, UMNO made a dissasterous call of pitting Senator Wan Farid Wan Salleh, then Deputy Home Minister as the candidate for the January 2009 by-election. A ‘Level Four’ linked UMNO man, BN saw the second consecutive lost of by-elections since the 8 March 2008 12th General Elections.

Late January, saw another political sensation. Two PKR and one DAP ADUN decided to throw their support behing BN. As a reaction, DAP-puppet MB Dato’ Seri Nizar Jamaludddin sought audience with HRH Paduka Seri Sultan to dissolve the 10 month old Perak State Assembly. Instead, HRH Sultan Azlan met with DPM Dato’ Seri Najib and all the 28 BN and three ‘defected’ ADUNs and was convinced that BN now commands the majority in the Perak State Assembly. He summarily dismissed DAP-puppet MB Nizar and appointed Pangkor BN ADUN Dato’ Dr. Zambry Abdul Kadir as the 10th Perak MB.

As expected, that created a ruckus amongst the Perak and national level PR.  The ‘Reformasi’ style street demonstrations had instantenously begun, which the nation saw how HRH Raja Muda Perak’s motorcade was stopped on the way to the new MB swearing in. This time, against the Raja. In their blatant eagerness to remain in power, DAP Chairman Karpal Singh announced his intention to drag HRH Paduka Seri Sultan Perak to court, which saw the wrath of the Malays across the nation.

Like expected, Anwaristas would not take defeat like true gentlemen. They would use every single avenue in the law process, to disrupt the appointment of the new BN Perak Government, even if it meant that the Perak Government is bought to near paralyse. The recently dismissed Perak Government even unlawfully approved decisions, which could create a lot of chaos in the system. Party-less Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim is the dalang to all these derhaka. Pakatan Rakyat demonstrated their true colours: Power and nothing else. not even the interests of the nation. They even resorted to tactics of inciting hate and anger amongst the rakyat.

These Pakatan Rakyat propogaters of Ketuanan Rakyat, now bring the notion of ‘Rakyat is right’, a derivative on Anwar’s ‘Rakyat Hakim Negara’ during the height of Reformasi movement ten years ago. They are now willing to be ingkar and derhaka‘, in their greed for political power and at the expense of civility, normalcy and adherence to society’s protocol and traditions. However, these are the same people who adulterated “Daulat Tuanku” a year earlier, during the run-up of pre-12 GE.

The PR goons even held an illegal emergency of the Perak State Assembly under a tree, when then the planned emergency session did not get HRH Paduka Seri Sultan’s perkenan. Drama, is part of PR and Anwaristas way to get attention, even to a point making themselves into ‘circus clowns’.

In the final analysis, PR won not because they had a plan to offer and deliver. It was because the common rakyat was fed up with PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah’s Leadership and how UMNO and BN no longer carry their aspirations. UMNO, as the lead partner and mainstay of support for BN has to change, in order to bring back its glory. UMNO has to be democratized, to regain the confidence and support of the rakyat.

In a long one year, PR failed. PR was a marriage on convenience  which turned out to be ‘inconvenient’. Afterall, between ‘bandits’ with contradictory dreams and expectations, some resorted to outdo and backstab each other. Anwar lied and failed. It is time for Malaysians to take stock on the hope sand expectations, for the mandates they are willing to give him and Pakatan Rakyat, in retaliation of their dismay of below expectations, ineptitude, poor delivarables and scandals plaguing PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah, family and cronies; all at the expense of Barisan Nasional.

The year has passed and Malaysia has bigger challenges; the global economic crisis. It is obvious Pakatan Rakyat is only interested in playing politics and nothing else, just to remain in power. Malaysians should allow the people with the real agenda and proven track record get the nation back on its track, at least to weather this economy in an inevitable upcoming storm.


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