Wednesday, May 15, 2013


By Mansor Puteh

Why must the MCA and Gerakan Rakyat and Barisan Nasional do all the donkey work for the Chinese community while they conveniently vote for the DAP and Pakatan Rakyat?

And what have the DAP, PAS and PKR done to the areas they had won in 2008 and can do to those that they have won in 2013? Nothing.

MCA and Gerakan were nice in telling the Chinese that their parties would continue to serve them even if their candidates were not voted by them.

But the Chinese voters took it differently and still voted the opposition which has never said they would serve the Chinese communities other than to seek the votes from them.

They did not ask themselves what Tian Chua had done in Batu; what Kit Siang had done in Ipoh Utara; what Karpal, and what his son, Gobind, Teresa Kok had done in Seputeh and Nuru Izzah in Lembah Pantai in their areas?

And for that matter; what Hadi Awang, Azmin Ali, Mahfuz and the others in DAP, PAS and PKR done in their areas that they can be proud to tell everybody what they are in the forms of video productions and brochures?

Maybe the voters in their areas did not want them to do anything as most of the things would be done by Barisan anyway; and all they wanted were people who could continue to hog the limelight promoting their parties, no matter what as there is no such thing as negative publicity to them.

And may be the mainstream media ought to consider also not to promote them, as it benefits them more than ever, getting free publicity along the way, which in turn encourages them to come up with more outrageous things.

And the organizers of Bersih 2.0, etc. knew the flaws of the media and they would organize more of the gatherings knowing that they could get wide coverage for them, and not getting the full brunt of the law.

The Chinese leaders of MCA and Gerakan must be brave and tell the Chinese that their parties could not do much if the Chinese do not give their votes to them, and if they still choose DAP, PAS and PKR, they have no choice but to turn to these opposition parties if they need any help.

That being ‘moderate Chinese’ do not tally with the Chinese who would prefer their leaders to be firebrand and who would harp on racial issues.

This is despite the fact that it was the MCA and Gerakan which had caused the Barisan government to acquiesce to some of the demands of the more radical and chauvinist Chinese groups, yet, the Chinese voters do not seem to be aware of it thinking that it happened because of the insistence of the Chinese opposition parties.

PAS and PKR have never been known to have done anything to the Chinese communities; yet, they still got the votes from the Chinese. 

This is the sad truth that the Chinese voters ought to remember, that voting for someone means they have faith in him, and if the person is voted in, then surely it is his responsibility to live with the community to know what their grievances are and to solve them, if they can.

The Pakatan Rakyat members of parliament and state assemblymen do not seem to do anything; all they need is to get the voters to support them, and if they win, by whatever means, including deceiving the voters, they can then sit back to relax and campaign through the whole of the five years’ term before running again in the next elections.

In the meantime, it is the Barisan members and state as well as federal government elected and non-elected representatives who are serving all the constituencies, with the MCA also having their service centers for everybody to come to them for assistance.

All this while the voters thought they could vote for Pakatan and when they win, they do not have to go to the Pakatan members of parliament or state assemblymen, but to the Barisan ones, including those who have lost, to seek help and whatever assistance they needed.

Because they knew only Barisan representatives are the ones who can help them out especially in their hour of desperate need.

So it is also a shock to see Ali Rustam losing in the Bukit Katil parliamentary seat in Melaka, when he had served the people of Melaka well, regardless of the races, with a lot of development everywhere, including the Portuguese Settlement.

The reason why the voters, especially the Chinese in Melaka and also the Melayu ones had chosen to vote for Pakatan is because they could still depend on Barisan to do the bidding for them post-elections.

They know they could not depend on any of the Pakatan representatives in Melaka and all over the country, the tasks of which are all taken by the Barisan elected or non-elected representatives.

All through the years, we see MCA and Gerakan elected and non-elected representatives doing their level best to serve all, irregardless of who they support, either Barisan or Pakatan.

But come elections time, the majority of the Chinese and some Melayu voters turned their backs on them.

Michael Chong of the MCA complaints bureau must insist on asking who those who come to his office to seek assistance, if they are supporters of Pakatan or Barisan, since if they do not support Barisan, why then should they now bother to come to his office.

Michael should ask them to go to the DAP, PKR or PAS complaints bureau or service centers.

And why must Barisan continue to provide services to those areas which have fallen to Pakatan?

If this happens, then there is no need for the Pakatan representatives to serve them, as the duty has now been taken over by Barisan, who despite losing in some of the parliamentary and state areas are serving the local communities well.

In the end, it is Barisan who are helping to serve Pakatan, while the elected and non-elected representatives of DAP, PAS and PKR in the respective areas do not do anything; so they are able to continue campaigning and giving ‘ceramah’ all over the country, almost every other night.

Gelang Patah parliamentary seat in Johor has fallen to DAP head honcho Lim Kit Siang, who beat former ‘menteri besar’ of Johor, Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman.

So now let Kit Siang serve the constituents of Gelang Patah and see what sort of development he can create in this area, so those who had voted him to parliament in this area can see how good he is.

Barisan should ignore this area and let DAP and Pakatan prove their mettle, and allow those who had given them a victory in this area judge for themselves if DAP and Pakatan are good for them now and also in the future, so they can decide if they still want to retain Kit Siang as their member of parliament.

If Barisan continues to serve the people of Gelang Patah, then Kit Siang will have it easy. His party and coalition will also get a free ride on the backs of Barisan, so that the Pakatan leaders can go around the country to campaign and also not spend a single day staying in the area they now control.

This is what had happened in the last general elections when many MCA and Gerakan candidates lost, because the voters knew even if MCA and Gerakan lost, they still could count on them to help out, without ever depending on the DAP, PAS or PKR leaders especially those who had won in the elections.

One can also ask what did Kit Siang do to the constituency where he had won which is Ipoh Utara in Perak and also Karpal Singah and the others in DAP, PAS and PKR, in the areas they won in the previous general elections of 2008 that the voters there found to be impressive enough to want to continue to support their parties in 2013?

Chances are they have not done much; otherwise, they would not have the time to go all over the country giving political speeches and also being embroiled in national politics and other pseudo-political undertakings all through the last five years till they won again in the 2013 elections.

If they had all done wonderful things to their previous constituencies, then surely, they would have published special brochures and even videos to show to the voters. But unfortunately, they have neglected to do even this.

So in the end, the main reason why they had won again in 2013 is because Barisan had spoilt them by serving the constituencies that they have won, and the voters there knew they could still vote the opposition, because in the end, it will be Barisan who will come to their every aid and assistance, post-general elections.

Those who vote the opposition know they can still get one of their leaders in parliament or the state assemblies, to create ruckus in them, while getting all the assistance from Barisan. 

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