Sunday, April 17, 2011
Celebrating a 'lost' victory
Congratulations to PM Najib, DPM Muhyiddin, CM Taib, BN party workers and all who helped Barisan Nasional win Sarawak 10th state election. I guess everybody wanted just a win, and that's exactly what we got.
Well, a win is still a win. Had we won just 36 out of the 71 seats, it is still a win. Many would say, no big deal!
BN won 55 from 63 in 2006, DAP 12 (6) while PKR 3 (1). By overall votes, BN got 372,379, DAP 134,847, PKR 117,100, Snap 15,663, PAS 9,719, PCM 2,895 and Independent 20,064 votes.
Looking at it, DAP secured one third of the overall votes. What does this mean? A simple truth - the Chinese is abandoning Barisan Nasional via its Chinese-based party SUPP. Not only in Sarawak, it really showed in the last 17 by-elections.
MCA should take a deeper look into this. Personally, I think the Chinese couldnt care less about who rules the Federal or State governments anymore. They already got almost everything like what their buddies in Singapore have.
They control the country's economic sector, trade and commerce. The only thing that evades them is political power. So, they see DAP as the best alternative to run down the BN government, hoping that one day they would be able to wrest power from the Malay-dominant BN and set up their own Chinese-controlled 'empire'.
I am not against SUPP and MCA but when SUPP president George Chan lost in Piasau, it triggered an alarm for a special post-mortem to be conducted. Are Chinese-based parties losing their grip on the voters? Why?
The number of votes for the Opposition have increased significantly. Never belittle PKR for winning only 3 unimportant seats (as described by some stupid pro-BN analysts). In 2006, they got only 1.
Despite mounting personal and political attacks on Anwar Ibrahim, his party managed to increase the number of representatives in the State Assembly and higher votes this time around. What does this imply? That PKR has no supporters in Sarawak?
What have we learnt from 2008 national poll? Remember the power tussle in Perak and how we lost Penang, Kedah and Selangor? Forget about Kelantan and its political motto - 'demo bui duik, kito ambek; maghi pilihanghayo, kito pakoh PAS'!
And how are we going to the next general election, which some say would be held later this year? Is there any comfort zone for BN to take back the States from Pakatan Rakyat?
Dont look down at the Oppostion onslaught. Similarly, we must not be eased at simple wins or a simple majority. What would happen in the next 10 or 15 years if we still harbor such a contentment? Do you think the Opposition will take a tumble?
I am not at ease. I dont know what Najib, Muhyiddin and other BN leaders feel. Lucky the MIC has no base in Sarawak.
So, are we celebrating?
The Opposition got reasons to...