YAY OR NAY?
Everyone seems to have their own opinion on the candidate for the Bagan Pinang by-election. The thing is, do these outsiders know the area? Do they know what the people there want? Do the locals care what the rest of Malaysia thinks? Shouldn’t we think of what is important to the locals more than how it’s going to affect our chances in the 13th General Elections? We seem to have lost our focus. It used to be how we serve the locals in every locality by getting the best candidates to serve them and when we have done so in unison, all localities in the entire country would altogether in turn give us the mandate to run the government in the General Elections. What logic is there to think of what the rest of Malaysia would want if we put up a candidate in Bagan Pinang that will not serve them well? That is darn right selfish. On the contrary, we should strengthen the service of our representatives in all of the constituencies in the whole country, not compromise by nominating a weak representative in Bagan Pinang on the basis of his/ her political hygiene as opposed to a slightly tarnished veteran who is powerful and well received by the locals on top of being the sole candidate whom the Telok Kemang UMNO division is united in supporting.
There are a couple of ironies in the trail of UMNO by-elections.
1. We had several disunited UMNO divisions which were not agreeable to any one candidate because of the split within but the leadership had to make a choice and came up with the wrong one.
2. We have a united UMNO division which is cock sure of the candidate they want and will work their backsides off for, but the leadership is being pressured to drop him at the risk of working with a half-hearted machinery. The leadership will probably select a clean candidate but not necessarily a winnable one.
This is my “ quick and dirty “ take on it. Let’s stop looking at the bigger picture even before the painting has begun. Just make sure that everyone paints his section of the masterpiece properly and when everyone has done their part without a smudge, everything will fall in place nicely in the big picture making it a masterpiece that can be sent to Christy’s International for auction.
In other words, every BN representative whether shadow or otherwise should work hard in their own designated service area and if everyone does his/ her part in satisfying the Rakyat, then Barisan Nasional will sweep to a landslide victory in the next General Election under the stewardship of Dato Sri’ Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak.
Former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir has opined that we should not field Isa because of the disciplinary action taken upon him by UMNO which he has duly served. Well it is an open secret that the Disciplinary Board under pressure practiced selective prosecution and if it did its job without prejudice, more than half of the Supreme Council might have been punished as well.
Having the utmost respect and gratitude for Tun being the leader that has put Malaysia properly on the map in numerous sectors in the economy and finance, his opinion on the choice of candidates however should be taken with a pinch of salt considering it is not his forte.
1. We lost Kelantan because as Prime Minister then, Tun wanted to retain the Menteri Besar Tan Sri Yaacob Mohamed, against the wish of the mass.
2. We lost Terengganu also because he chose to retain Wan Mokhtar, the Menteri Besar who served three Sultans, under extreme opposition from the rakyat.
3. He hand-picked Anwar Ibrahim to succeed him even when there was a catalogue of more senior, aspiring and qualified candidates in UMNO to choose from. Everyone knows what became of that.
4. Abdullah Ahmad Badawi was his choice for Deputy President of UMNO and Deputy Prime Minister when the greater majority of UMNO delegates including the writer voted Najib in as number one Vice President beating the former hands down with eyes shut in every single UMNO election. Tun’s final choice brought the Barisan Nasional to its knees and almost destroyed national unity, the very fabric of our society due to the total incompetence of his said choice. We are still struggling to regain our position though Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib has stopped the hemorrhage.
The ultimate question here should be; Does Bagan Pinang Want Isa Samad Or Not? If the un-doctored 5 agency intelligence findings say that they don’t want him, then we should find a suitable replacement but if they want him, then by God put him there as our candidate and let the other BN representatives take care of the rest of Malaysia!
Don’t think of winning the war when we can’t even win small battles.
The decision is staring us point blank. Make the right choice for BAGAN PINANG!