As expected, Pas retains the Permatang Pasir state seat with a reduced majority of 4551 compared with 5433 in the previous general election.
In a series of defeats, something was not right about BN strategy. Now that they cant boast the reduced majority as had been the case in Manek Urai, nothing seemed to change in the mindset of the voters.
Pas candidate Mohd Salleh Man, whom some BN leaders described 'not the best choice' has proven one thing when he defeated Rohaizat Othman - its not the candidate but the PARTY!
The voters understood very well that Pas has no say in the Federal Government, that the Islamic party was going against all odds during the one-week campaigning period. BN was the loudest in making usual promises to undertake what it could to enhance the peoples' standard of living.
Everywhere they go, that's BN basic strategy - trying to woo voters by telling them that the Opposition were trying to complicate their lifes, and that Pas or PKR or DAP have got no substance to lead a country.
This is just a by-election, some may say. You win some, you lose some but when you tend to lose all the times, what does that imply?
When you flocked the constituent with so many Cabinet ministers and leaders of all sort, you were giving the impression that you have got the power to everything, even to build a golden bridge across the Penang Straits.
And again, you boast too much about winnng without taking into account the sensitivites of the locals. It wasnt the new road, bridge, houses or other facilites that they want. All they care is a government which is accessible for them.
Looking at the ministers and the team today, they are not very friendly. The officers around them are the proud lots. For instance, when Datuk Seri Najib was Deputy Prime Minister, a few of his officials were easy to reach on the mobile. However, when Najib became No.1, they wont entertain you, unless you make an appointment with their PAs.
In other words, the gap between government servants and the rakyat gets wider. Everything has to be on official note. If you cannot get an appointment to see them, dont try to wait at their house.
In Permatang Pasir, the people have been living comfortably under different state governments. They realised that BN or no BN, they can only elevate their living at their own will and accord.
When they were under BN, where were their representatives then? Nothing much was done and their reps only came back once in a while from the island, not to sit down with his voters but to rest at home with his gang.
Do you know what's the different between a Pas and a BN rep? A Pas Adun will always come in his 'kain pelikat' and 'baju Melayu' and will join people from all walks of life at the warongs. As for the BN rep, he would be accompanied by at least 4 or 5 bodyguards, clad in expensive attire and a luxury car. Sorry, no warong, please!
I have seen (also in my constituency, Masjid Tanah, Melaka), a BN Adun for less than two years already have 2 Merc and a BMW 5-serie, a just-completed bungalow and a few foreign maids.
"Rakyat didahulukan" should make the government more rakyat-oriented, not to orientate the rakyat!