It has been quite a while since my last post on the going-ons in Malaysian politics. Not that there has not been much to write about. On the contrary, there has been too many that to write or comment on each and every single one would require one to sacrifice every second, every hour and every day of one’s waking hours.
One would have thought that the 13th General Elections (GE13) or PRU13 (to use it Bahasa Malaysia acronym), would have answered the many questions issues raised by the Pakatan Rakyat (who make up the Opposition in Parliament but at the same time, the ruling government of the states of Penang, Selangor, and Kelantan). Unfortunately, that was not allowed to be the case.
Even before the first votes were counted and the final vote count tallied, the Anwar Ibrahim-led Pakatan Rakyat had already indicated in no uncertain terms that any other result other than a Pakatan Rakyat win, is a result of vote rigging, of election fraud, and of whatever else that Barisan Nasional and its alleged co-conspirator, the Election Commission itself, could conspire, to deny a Pakatan Rakyat election victory.
And since anything else but a Pakatan Rakyat victory is impossible, it must therefore be rejected. Not only must it be rejected but Pakatan Rakyat must be acknowledged as the victor, handing it the victory that it so craves for and thus enabling it to form the next Malaysian government.
There are those in Pakatan Rakyat who would call it a divine right. But there are also who say it is arm twisting, to put it mildly. However, electoral blackmail would be more apt, wouldn’t it?
Never mind that the results proved that Barisan Nasional won GE13. Never mind that the majority (estimated at 80%) of the Malays and Bumiputeras (who incidentally make up 65% of the Malaysian population) voted for Barisan Nasional.
After all, did not the majority of the Chinese (almost 90% of the Chinese community who make up roughly 25% of all Malaysians) and other non-Malays and non-Bumiputera voted for Pakatan Rakyat and therefore, by Pakatan Rakyat’s logical thinking (so they claim), surely handed victory to Pakatan Rakyat and not to Barisan Nasional?
The good point about this whole debacle was that as a result of the electoral result of GE13, Malaysians were suddenly treated to a crash course on how Malaysia conducts its elections ever since GE1, held in 1955, and that being an election based on Westminster’s first-pass-the-post format.
Not an election based on proportional representation (as practiced by Germany and many other European nations) or an election based on votes from the Electoral College as practised by the USA when they get to vote for their choice of President, but an election based on first-pass-the-post.
Pakatan Rakyat may argue the Westminster first-pass-the-post is not the best (for their purpose at this present moment in time) and Malaysia should adopt other forms of choosing the Government. But the question is, how sure is Pakatan Rakyat that other forms of choosing a government will favour Pakatan Rakyat?
Should that be ultimately the end objective as it logically is, should all forms of choosing a government be then pushed aside in favour of ‘People’s Power’ ala Pakatan Rakyat?
Pakatan Rakyat may deny it all they may BUT events ever since the results of GE13 were announced to date eg the 505 movement (to protest the results of GE13 held on the 5th of May), the re-gathering of forces under the BERSIH banner to demand a fair and just election system (read that as a victory for non other than Pakatan Rakyat, no less), TURUN (to protest the rising prices of consumer goods) as well as the planned ‘Perhimpunan Guling Kerajaan’ rally (also on New Year’s eve), with the overthrow of the BN Government as its theme, has indicated that a ‘People Power’-type movement is the ultimate mechanism of choice favoured by Pakatan Rakyat.
Before GE13, the dissemination of lies, misinformation, disinformation and other forms of distorted information especially via the Internet and Social Media, became the method of choice in the effort to make the people hate the Government. So effectively executed was it that it ought to become a module in the study of Malaysian politics.
If this was not bad enough, then came the ‘Red Bean Army’, chomping their way on red bean paste buns whilst belittling every single effort, every single progress and every single development that Malaysia has undertaken to bring progress to the country ever since Independence, by fanning the fire to incite hatred between the races, distrust and mistrust between the adherents of the different faiths in the country, and just pure hate for the authorities as well as anything else that Malaysians have come to be proud of and can be proud of.
Like it or not, the results of GE13 clearly outlined that GE13 has turned into a battle between the Malays and Bumiputeras in one corner with the Chinese in the other, and a battle between Muslims and non-Muslims (despite the Federal Constitution identifying Islam as the official religion of the Federation), to say the least. The question on most people’s lips is that will this the scenario for the next few elections?
Acknowledge it or ignore it, that was what happened. Only a fool would not have seen or felt the sentiments that was so obviously played to the fore before GE13 and now after the dust of GE13 has settled, it does not look like it will get any better even though there have been signs that some of the elements that were played up prior to GE13 has may have seen the light and are now trying to make amends, for the benefit of all Malaysians.
If that were true, then all’s well and good. Otherwise, we are going to be in for the long haul, AGAIN, and that will not be beneficial to anybody, especially they who have the best interest of the country at heart.