Yup… that’s right! I think many of us will still be rather disappointed with what has actually taken place during the 13th General Election on May 5th and some even went to the extend to claim that Malaysia is ‘hopeless’ and beyond any ‘salvation’.
But after the dust settled, we find GREAT inspiratiosn when we analyse the entire election and found many interesting points which may not sound very nice to the ears of our Prime Minister Najib Razak.
Lost the Battle but NOT the War yet.
While many people (including myself) has this great confidence that we will manage to UBAH (change) the Federal government in this concluded general election, the moment when BN managed to hit the magic number of 112 did send great pain and hopelessness down my spine as if the world has finally come to an end!
I mean HOW on earth this could happen when some of Pakatan’s parliamentary candidates were way ahead in the vote count only to lose out due some ‘extra-time’ magic happened in the vote counting station. We were startled to find such things were still happening in our country as if we are still living in 3rd world countries where such evil acts of sabotage were considered rampant but normal.
But after the votes ended, there are many good points which we can savor and we believe that by continuously to work harder, we will definitely be able to UBAH our country for our future as well as our children’s.
We improved in overall Parliamentary seats
In 2008 political tsunami when Abdullah Ahmad Badawi was still our PM, BN managed to capture 140 seats while Pakatan got 82. But in this 13th General Election under the premiership of Najib Razak, BN only managed to muster 133 while Pakatan improved to 89 seats. So considering the 2008 polls result as a big tsunami for Malaysian politics, the 2013 results will be a BIGGER tsunami for Malaysia when we take into considerations of all the great effort mustered by BN to improve the election results.
This mean Najib Razak is a worse performer in comparison to the slumbering Ahmad Badawi when he lost a further 7 Parliamentary seats in view of him rolling out his BR1M, PR1MA & etc etc.
As he failed to regain the crucial 2/3 Parliament majority, it is interesting to see the undercurrent moving below Najib’s position as the head of his umno party where expected dissenting voices could be heard as his deputy is preparing to take over the rein from him – something similar happening to Ahmad Badawi when he was ‘crushed’ by the so-call 2008 political tsunami.
Perak & Terengganu in limbo.
In the last 13th General Election, BN and Pakatan were seen racing neck-to-neck over Perak and Terengganu. At last, BN emerged victorious in both states when BN took 31 against 28 of Pakatan in Perak and BN’s 17 against Pakatan’s 15 in Terengganu.
But in these 2 state’s assemblies, BN get to form the state government but then it will have to sacrifice 2 state ADUNS to be the House Speaker and Deputy House Speaker – effectively making the composition of the House members to be BN 29 vs Pakatan 28 in Perak and BN 15 against Pakatan 15 in Terengganu.
Basically it is a ‘hung’ state elections with no one having a clear majority in the house. The state will find itself in limbo over many things and major legislative procedures will not be able to be passed by the House as both sides need to be in ‘full attendance’ all the time!
Total Rejection of Perkasa.
The Right-wing Perkasa or better known as ‘perkosa’ (rapist) has been championing the special rights of Malays at the expense of other races in the country. Such extremism actions often create tension in the society especially when its president hold a public office of being a MP for Pasir Mas in Kelantan. Supported by some bigots such as zulkifli nordin (independant MP from Kulim, Kedah), perkasa was getting bolder as they thought they were here to defend the interest of the Malays and Islam as well as receive good back up from the former premier Mahathir mohamed.
The great losses in this 13th General election suffered by perkasa candidate – namely ibrahim ali and zul nordin has proved to us a very assuring note that even our Malays comrades reject such extreme provocations that has often become the signature of perkasa even though they constantly claimed that they were defending the interest of the Malays. Ibrahim ali was ‘annihilated’ in his safe zone where he thought he would get re-elected again in the Malay-majority Pasir Mas while zulkifli nordin was sent packing with tail between his legs in the urban Malay majority area of Shah Alam.
Such result should be commended and the electorates in Pasir Mas and Shah Alam should be praised for their intelligence of their choice! Through such result able to let us know that the people has matured and no longer subject to this kind of racial extremism where we know will bring the nation to a different direction where nobody really wants.
Pakatan Rakyat maturing as a coalition able to challenge the hegemony of Barisan Nasional.
BN has often trying to paint a disarray Pakatan in their much controlled mass media to tell the people that Pakatan Rakyat is not ready to take over from BN and they will not be able to run the country as efficient as BN.
However, with CM Lim Guan Eng and MB Khalid Ibrahim proven them wrong in Penang and Selangor, it has opened up many eyes and ears of Malaysian asking the one and only question – WHY NOT – to allow the alternative government take over the Feds and see how they perform. If they are good, the people will continue to support like how they did in Selangor and Penang. If they are not good (maybe in Kedah?) then they are always free to change it back to BN!
So we can see that amidst ‘heavy’ defeat suffered during this 13th General Election, there are still alot of positives to take from this defeat. We should learn from our mistakes and UBAH ourselves for improvement so that when the fateful day comes, Pakatan Rakyat will be more than READY to take over Putrajaya!
We have lost the battle but the WAR goes on… Don’t give up my fellow Malaysians! They can take away our money, they can take away our votes but they shall never take away our HOPE! Let’s Fight On… Keep the UBAH Spirit flying HIGH!!!