Friday, May 24, 2013


By Mansor Puteh

Anwar, Kit Siang, Karpal, Nik Aziz, Hadi Awang et al, managed to sway the Chinese voters mainly to their side, and in the process cast a ‘swai’ on them, too. (Swai is a curse in English.)

Did Anwar Ibrahim do Umno and Barisan Nasional and the Melayu and Bumiputera a great big favor then?

They had also helped Umno and Barisan to get rid of the hangers-on, who could not be discarded as they had seen themselves as ‘winnable candidates’ before the elections.

And if they had gone their own way, or worse, into the Pakatan camp who are able to accept them with open arms, then surely, Umno and Barisan would be in for a big trouble.

Fortunately, this did not happen, as Barisan could always count on Anwar and his friends in Pakatan to do the bidding and spring cleaning for Umno and Barisan.

So the title of this article can also be: ‘How Anwar, Kit Siang, Karpal, Nik Aziz, et al, kicked themselves on their own backs.’

Now all of them have sores in their behind.

Worse, the supplications some PAS leaders gave prior to the elections seems to have backfired, with former ‘menteri besar’ of Kedah, Azizan Abdul Razak suffering great pain having his legs amputated.

Did the evil intentions miss their targets and landed on Azizan?

Anwar has so far not able to admit it as he is still reeling over the fact that he could not wrest control of Putrajaya.

If things had turned out differently, he would be sitting in the chair on the fifth floor of the prime minister’s department there now. He would probably sit there and also sleep there since the results of the last general elections till today until he tumbles to the floor.

And his friends in Pakatan Rakyat, too, would be flocking to his office to marvel at their win, with Karpal being able to see how Mahathir would be dragged to court, as it was his aim to do, should Pakatan form the next government.

But the sad truth is that in Malaysia, there is no ‘next government’. What Malaysia has is just the ‘next cabinet’.

For Pakatan to win the general elections garnering the majority seats in parliament, they have to do much more than to get Anwar to go around the country.

In fact, it would be much better for them if Anwar did not bother to go around the country, so the voters could see Pakatan in a totally different light.

But Pakatan without Anwar is almost unimaginable. Pakatan does not exist without Anwar.

So the end result is Pakatan stands a very good chance of doing what it is good at, which is to bark at the hills, or ‘anjing menyalak bukit’ as the Melayu proverb superbly describes individuals who have lofty ambitions which are too huge for them to undertake, especially if they are barking at Barisan.

Unfortunately – or fortunately – Anwar did not manage to lead his march with his men in PKR and Pakatan to Putrajaya. Their route had to be detoured to Jalan Duta and might end at Sungai Buloh.

If their march does get to Putrajaya, it would have to end not at the prime minister’s department but at Mahkamah Kehakiman or the high courts there.

After being criticized by many from all round, including from former Indonesian vice-president Yusuf Kalla, Anwar seems to have disappeared.

He must now concentrate on the appeal against his the judgment by the high court who freed him of the sodomy charge against him, which is due to be heard in July. This is barely two months from now and if the verdict is not so rosy as it was earlier, chances are, his political future and enterprise and family concerns in Parti KeAdilan Rakyat or PKR would be put in jeopardy.

But one fact which no one has ever discussed before concerning the last general elections of PRU-13 or more exactly what happened in the elections is how Anwar had inadvertently helped Umno and Barisan and also the Melayu and Bumiputera more than he and his friends in PKR and Pakatan could ever imagine.


Here’s how. In fact, all of them, especially those in the Democratic Action Party (DAP) had actually helped to secure Melayu and Bumiputera dominance in the political landscape of the country, by forcing the Chinese representatives in the Old Najib Cabinet out of the New Najib Cabinet II, which sees only Melayu and Bumiputera in it.

There are some friendly Indians who had also helped Umno and Barisan secure parliament and the government they now control for the next five years.

The next general elections or PRU-14 would be bleak for the opposition, once the results of the last elections had sunk in the heads of the Chinese who had voted en masse for the opposition.

So far they have not really felt the full force of their action and tardiness or miscalculation. This can happen when new policies are formulated to ensure that only those who support Umno and Barisan are given the perks, while those who did not will be able to enjoy the fruits of their labor being sidelined.

But the Chinese being who they are, do not realize that they still have to come to the Malaysian-Chinese Association or MCA officials such as Michael Chong for help. They know the DAP and other parties in Pakatan are helpless in helping them go through their daily tribulations.

Yet, when elections come, they still vote opposition.

This is how disgusting the Chinese voters are.

But they must be taught the lesson they would not forget all their lives, or for the next five years, until they go to the polls again to repeat their folly for being misled by those in PKR, DAP, PAS or Pakatan.

In fact, PRU-13 can be described as the Second 13 May, 1969 for many as some institutions had collapsed and a new mentality arising from it.  

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