Sunday, June 19, 2016

Mahathir could only give an angry stare ...

On Sunday, exactly last week, Tun Dr Mahathir appeared at Sungai Besar to attend a make shift academic colloquium on 1MDB organised by DAP.

Three days later, it was responded with Arul Kanda appearing in a forum together with National Civics Bureau (BTN) director-general Datuk Ibrahim Saad and Bukit Aman’s Counter Terrorism deputy director Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay present.

But, 1MDB is not the subject of this posting. Let us layoff any comment till a posting on it. Waiting out for a certain development.

What is interesting was Tun M's press conference after the "colloquium". He said the two by-elections, which was meant to replace two MPs that died in a helicopter mishap, is a referendum on Dato Najib's leadership.

Obviously, this is contrary to his seldom mentioned view during his premiership that the people's referendum on leadership is only every five years.

The public and interest groups should not complain or criticise too much his administration. Express through the ballot box during the general election.

He has recently had a change in view. The manner he is saying it was as though he never said those words. Is he suffering from amnesia?

If he does, how will his class action lawsuit against Najib be made out in court?

Although he is macho enough to refuse to answer investigating police and will only answer when charged in court, he has a strange illness to forget in court proceeding and Royal Commission hearing.

Angry stare 

Joceline Tan wrote about Tun M's interview and mentioned "he did not look pleased when asked what if Umno wins both seats on June 18" [read here].

It was the same PC Tun M was calling those defending Najib or in other word, those not supporting him as "pemakan dedak (chicken feed)" 

Hishamuddin was reported by FMT to have "sneered at Tun M's referendum". He said reporter should now asked him back of his position now.

Actually, sources at the then Sungai Besar PC was saying Tun M was asked but he did not response to a question on the implication should UMNO end up winning both by-elections.

Instead he gave the reporter an angry stare.

Talk among reporters was that a pesky reporter pursued him but still no response.

Must have refused difficult questions from reporters he assumed as Najib supporter and another pemakan dedak

Hmmm ... he should have done something about the low pay of reporters during his time instead of childish reaction of belittling them.


Now that the by-elections are over and ...

... UMNO won. Not only that, the victories were overwhelming and beyond all expectation ...

If the votes for PAS and PAN were combined, BN would still get away with a handsome majority.

Will Tun M admit that the referendum has turned out for the converse and it could be interpreted as rakyat is for Najib?

At least, one former supporter think so here. The one on his left in blue striped shirt.

Chinese voters

On top of that, the areas Tun M visited did not give their votes to his candidate of choice i.e. from Mat Sabu's PAN party.

The Sekincan Chinese overwhelmingly voted BN over PAN or decided not to come out to vote. [Read The Mole here]

Pro-DAP portal, The Heat highlighted Tun M as one of the reason Chinese vote shifted to BN. An extract below:
An analysis showed that while BN got the Malay votes in hand, it managed to attract the Chinese votes this time round. The reason may be the rebellion of the Chinese in the two constituencies against the way the opposition played their campaign.

Amanah and PAS failed to attract Malay votes, while Amanah which the Chinese seemed interested in, was surprised that it did not get much from the community, to the extent one of its leaders blaming the Chinese for being bought over by goodies. Even Amanah's candidates for both constituencies were orginally from there, they did not live there.

Amanah’s insistence to play up the racist rants to remind the Chinese that BN hates them - especially in Sungai Besar backfired. For one, Umno man Datuk Jamal Yunos had months before (even before the deaths of the former MPs), been shaking the hands of the Chinese and sought bigwig Umno leaders' help for the release of the Chinese fisherman arrested in Indonesia.

He had even adopted the son of one of them, and he was working hard to better his image among the Chinese, for he was a local businessman who depended on the Chinese fishermen and his racist outburst had burnt him bad.

Thus, when billboards of ‘Cina Babi’ came up which was once said by Jamal (who seemed to have mended ties with the Chinese), it did not go down well with Chinese voters. Amanah, which had just moved into the neighbourhood did not realise the situation, and further, their candidate, although from Sungai Besar, did not live there.

Chinese then decided they had forgotten the bygones and they did not want anymore of this, thus they buried the hatchet and voted for Umno, to teach PAS and Amanah a lesson not to repeat racism even if it was said by others.

And the opposition too did not address the local issues, in constituencies where people worked hard for a living. Instead, they used it to champion their own grouses - with PKR’s Rafizi using the by-election to highlight the PM’s wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor’s abuse of her privileges and lambast 1MDB - which to many voters there is something that happened at the federal level. To them, these issues are something which they feel do not affect them directly, so is of no real concern.

While former PM Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad used it as a platform to talk about the Citizens’ Declaration, which is not much of interest to voters in places like Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar.

And PAS used it to champion their hudud and Islamist agenda. While DAP bigwigs came in with groceries and showed that they were no different from those who were buying their votes, but can DAP sustain the buy-out? Better to be bought by BN and be sustained, as BN was the government and they had money.

Amanah on the other hand was seen as just a splinter party of PAS, and although it received quite a number of votes more than PAS, it failed to its boasts that it will take over PAS. It claims it is no more seen as a mosquito party with such results, but the truth is, Amanah got sympathy votes.

While Umno and BN parties worked to promise goodies to the locals and the locale. Najib himself made a couple of trips and promised better things to come for the constituencies such as the RM43.5 million Manong bridge (which is a big thing for Kuala Kangsar residents) and a university, as well as rice and cash.

Umno worked hard to ensure that the local issues were addressed - and knowing fully well, it is all about bread and butter, dished out that very thing - bread and butter, to the extent of Najib announcing a Raya bonus for all civil servants.

Never mind if he was being dragged in mud for financial scandals, appeasing the voters was all the BN cared about and which BN knew had always been the best way to get votes, and it worked.

Unfortunately, the opposition tried to do the same - appeasing the voters with bread and butter, but voters knew that this goes against the very essence of the opposition - thus they decided to vote BN. A case of better the devil that you know.
Referendum for Najib

Asking again: will Tun M admit the referendum has turned out for the converse and be interpreted as rakyat is for Najib?

PM has issued a statement and condemned Tun M. Full statement below:
1.       I am grateful to the people for putting their faith in Barisan Nasional ‎again. As a mid-term government being targeted by unprecedented politically-motivated slander, we are especially humbled that we ‎received such landslide results. Our official majority in Kuala Kangsar was 6,969, compared to 1,082 in the 2013 general election; and 9,191 in Sungai Besar, compared to 399 in 2013.‎ 
2.       Tun Mahathir Mohamad turned the elections into a referendum on my leadership. He campaigned for his former enemies in the opposition, dishonourably smearing his own party with crude language and claiming to speak on behalf of the people. But this betrayal was motivated by personal interest, not the national interest.‎ 
3.       Now, with these two huge majority wins, ‎and BN’s landslide 72 out of 82 seat Sarawak election win last month, the people have shown their confidence for and trust in BN. They rejected Tun Mahathir's lies, they rejected his unworkable coalition of former enemies, and they rejected the incoherent opposition - partly because of their alignment with Tun Mahathir.‎ 
4.       I would like to thank all the BN machinery, well led by Deputy Prime Minister Dato' Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi‎. BN succeeded because we worked as a team‎. ‎We prevailed, and, if we continue to work tirelessly for the people and remain united, we will always prevail.  
5.       As long as I am Prime Minister, the interests of the people will come first. We will deliver on our promises to them. My priority will continue to be the economic welfare, social wellbeing and security of all Malaysians. ‎ 
18th June 2016
Ouch ... there will be no council of elders then. So what say Tun M?

Tun M will not admit of being defeated, especially when he is on a scorch earth strategy to burn everything he stood for till his wishes are met.

Forget the notion he is there doing Najib a favour to disrupt the opposition. He does not do others' bidding.

Since he is used to giving his view and not used to losing, even an argument, allow him to say his last word.

After all, he could only give an angry stare ...


Anonymous said...

Majority supporters got sicks and annoyed when their supremo & son, Raft and Cliques seemed to have loss the bearing and the aura but they unashamedly rely on the bearing provided by the 90+ year old compass. In other words, if the head honcho is lossing the aura, replacing it with the outsider's aura may not necessarily helpful.

Anonymous said...

Orang Melayu bijak berpolitik. Mereka tentunya mahukan sebuah pentadbiran yang bebas rasuah dan salah laku tetapi mereka juga melihat politik secara luas dan panjang. Dalam suasana yang mana kedua-dua belah pihak tidak berada dalam situasi sifar rasuah dan selewengan, pilihan terbaik sudah tentulah akan menambil kira lain-lain faktor.

Anonymous said...

Poor Siti Hasmah. Must be painful to watch her husband becoming senile and 'cuckoo'.

All I see is an old man eaten from the inside by a sinister and devilish spawn. Must be payback time for all the years he suppressed the Malays.

His last years is spent presenting himself as his true VILE self.

IT.Scheiss said...

More significant is the level of support which BN has in Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar and the results of this by-election show that BN managed to secure above 50% of the vote and managed to increase its support slightly in these two by-elections over 2013.

In Sungai Besar, Selangor, the BN increased its votes by 3.12 percentage points from 50.53% of 36,991 votes in the May 2013 general elections to 53.65% of 31,311 votes in the June 2016 byelection.

In Kuala Kangsar, Perak, the BN gained 0.21 percentage points from 51.14% of 27,801 votes in the May 2013 general elections to 51.35% of 23,274 votes in the June 2016 byelection.

The "thumping" majority BN achieved was due to votes for the opposition being split almost down the middle compared to 2013.

That said of course, the results of the Sarawak State elections and these two by-elections appear to suggest a new change of course of Malaysian politics, especially after Anwar Ibrahim was expelled from UMNO in 1998 and the days of the Reformasi Movement.

Anonymous said...

Al-Kahf:7 - Sesungguhnya Kami telah jadikan apa yang ada di muka bumi sebagai perhiasan baginya, kerana kami hendak menguji mereka, siapakah di antaranya yang lebih baik amalnya.

When love of this world enters the heart, fear of the Hereafter exits from it.
~ Al-Hasan Al-Basri (ra)~

Almighty. Bless us with continued patience to face the things we do & a faith that's firm and everlasting. Let us always put our trust in You! - Mufti Menk

Anonymous said...

An-Naĥl:70 - Dan Allah yang menciptakan kamu (dari tiada kepada ada); kemudian Ia menyempurnakan tempoh umur kamu; (maka ada di antara kamu yang disegerakan matinya), dan ada pula di antara kamu yang dikembalikannya kepada peringkat UMUR YANG LEMAH (peringkat tua kebudak-budakan), sehingga menjadilah ia tidak ingat akan sesuatu yang telah diketahuinya; sesungguhnya Allah Maha Mengetahui, lagi Maha Kuasa.

Al-Ĥaj:5 - Wahai umat manusia, sekiranya kamu menaruh syak (ragu-ragu) tentang kebangkitan makhluk (hidup semula pada hari kiamat), maka (perhatilah kepada tingkatan kejadian manusia) kerana sebenarnya Kami telah menciptakan kamu dari tanah, kemudian dari setitik air benih, kemudian dari sebuku darah beku, kemudian dari seketul daging yang disempurnakan kejadiannya dan yang tidak disempurnakan; (Kami jadikan secara yang demikian) kerana Kami hendak menerangkan kepada kamu (kekuasaan Kami); dan Kami pula menetapkan dalam kandungan rahim (ibu yang mengandung itu) apa yang Kami rancangkan hingga ke suatu masa yang ditentukan lahirnya; kemudian Kami mengeluarkan kamu berupa kanak-kanak; kemudian (kamu dipelihara) hingga sampai ke peringkat umur dewasa; dan (dalam pada itu) ada di antara kamu yang dimatikan (semasa kecil atau semasa dewasa) dan ada pula yang dilanjutkan UMURNYA KE PERINGKAT TUA NYANYUK sehingga ia tidak mengetahui lagi akan sesuatu yang telah diketahuinya dahulu. Dan (ingatlah satu bukti lagi); Engkau melihat bumi itu kering, kemudian apabila Kami menurunkan hujan menimpanya, bergeraklah tanahnya (dengan tumbuh-tumbuhan yang merecup tumbuh), dan gembur membusutlah ia, serta ia pula menumbuhkan berjenis-jenis tanaman yang indah permai.

At-Tīn:5 - Kemudian (jika ia panjang UMUR SEHINGGA TUA atau menyalahgunakan kelengkapan itu), Kami kembalikan dia ke serendah-rendah peringkat orang-orang yang rendah,

At-Tīn:6 - Kecuali orang-orang yang beriman dan beramal soleh, maka mereka beroleh pahala yang tidak putus-putus.

Semoga Tun sentiasa didalam rahmat dan pelindunganNya. Aamiin.

Anonymous said...

I wonder if Mahatir's look could match that of Pinarayi Vijayan, the Chief Minister of Kerala in India. Please see for his photos.

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