Thursday, April 22, 2010
Hulu Selangor: My worries for BN
Character assassination, carpet bombings and slanderous materials took center stage on day 5 of campaigning for Hulu Selangor parliamentary by-election. With 2 more days for both parties to sharpen their knives on each other, my worries are more for Barisan Nasional.
The Opposition were quick to point fingers at the ruling party when the 2 Independents Chandran and Johan Md Diah pulled out on the same day, accusing the government of 'buying' them for the reasons that Chandran - a former MIC division senior officer - and his about 10,000 supporters can now back up BN's P Kamalanathan.
Although Johan's size of camp is unknown, his pledge to support Barisan Nasional has nevertheless added ammunition to Zaid Ibrahim's campaign for the seat. To some extent, the withdrawal of the Independents had easily backfired the tempo of BN propaganda machine.
Worst is when Anwar Ibrahim's former personal medical officer Dr Halili Rahmat who left PKR to join Umno and now a regular speaker for BN's campaign, has turnaround the mood of the Malays to cast their votes on BN.
Ezzam Mohd Nor, another former Anwar's close aide, was also seen as a demon to the eyes of the Malays with his character assassination of his ex-boss, when he again brought up the issue of his 'six boxes of evidence' against him - which made the people blase. Each by-election campaign which Ezzam stood as a speaker, saw a lot of sympathy votes swung towards the Opposition.
I personally make comparison to the substances of speeches from both sides. Shockingly, it was the BN camp that produce more personal attacks on the Opposition. Had not for the visit of Datuk Seri Najib, Tan Sr Muhyiddin, Datuk Hishamuddin, Shapie and few ministers to the constituent, BN speech content would be all about Zaid's drinking and gambling habit, the incompetency of PR state governments and Anwar's sodomy case.
Ezzam, to me and most of my fellow-bloggers should not be invited at all for campaigning as he is only interested to shoot down Anwar. Dr Halili, too, should also be left out as he deserves no special treatment from BN camps. And the fact that he chose the by-election campaign duration to leave PKR and joined Umno, the rakyat were also quick to digest that he was also paid to do so.
By now, we should be able to see a trend here. The Opposition members and leaders would only leave their respective parties during by-elections. This prompted the people to question their sincerity and the motive behind it. Again, it provides ammo to the Opposition.
My other worries are about the influx of luxury cars driven by Umno members, including that of Putera and Puteri in Kuala Kubu Baru and other places. They didnt do much to assist the campaign. Instead, they just browsed around whithout a lead.
And today, a motion was moved at the Dewan Rakyat to refer Anwar to Parliament committee for privileges for accusing Najib of engaging Apco for his 1Malaysia concept, which according to Anwar is a carbon copy to that of OneIsrael. Although Apco has denied any direct involvement with Tel Aviv, it seems to be a topic that can jeorpardise BN chance of winning.
Analysts believe that Najib had sensed the problems in Hulu Selangor, thus prompted him to cut short his official visit to Japan, just to help with the campaigns. Yes, it did improve BN chance, judging from the big crowd attending to his speeches.
BN speakers should focus more on how to develop Hulu Selangor, improving the people's standard of living and help addressing the problems of Felda's 2nd generation, rather than shouting at non-local matters.
With 2 more campaigning days to go, I hope our BN speakers change to substances of sense in their speeches. Votes can swing anytime, especially those sitting on the fence. And of course, we could see a lot of sympathy votes this time around, either for Kamalanathan or Zaid.
If BN wins, its a big boost for Najib's 1Malaysia and his approach in dealing with national issues. However, if its otherwise, it means Anwar gets a lot of sympathy for all the verbal bash-up from BN speakers and pro-government bloggers.