The battle for votes has begun for the 12th General Election.
Malaysiakini gave a very good account of the nominations going on yesterday, even though it was a Sunday.
The battle starts after about 10 days of intense lobbying and manoeuvre of the would-be YBs to get nominated as the candidates.
Some of the manoeuvres used are so
dirtybrilliant that even Sun Tsu would have kowtowed and be cowed. It reads like Modern Art of War.
For some parties, this is a time to consolidate power and sideline those who do not toe the line, using the great euphemism of “change or renewal”.
Are the candidates chosen really in the best interest of the people or the parties? Only the top leaders themselves know, but even
young students lay men can tell you that this is not the case. Often, not the best people are selected, but rather those who belong to certain factions or alignments .
Sometimes, a weaker candidate is chosen over a stronger one, even though the former is sure to lose and the latter might have a better fighting chance, because of factional interest and lobbying by the faction chiefs.
Smokescreens are everywhere; rumours abound. Often these smokescreen and rumours are created to put certain individuals off tract and off guard to serve the purpose of finishing certain people or certain factions off.
Others are so pathetic and resort to crying publicly and asking friends to demonstrate as if their whole world depends on this and this alone!! A friend remarked that he doubted whether such cry babies have what it takes to shoulder the heavy responsibilities of a elected representative. I really have no answer.
Now that the nomination selection is over and the real battle starts, let us hope that both sides will fight a gentleman’s war and not resort to dirty tactics.
I hope all parties will follow strictly the election rules and regulations, even though my friends are telling me that rules are meant to be broken!!
Some people are willing to do anything to win at all cost – pouring in millions to try to swing votes may be one option of those who have deep pockets.
For those who cannot afford, borrowing huge sums from relatives or even “A Long” might be an option. These people probably treat this war as if their whole lives depend on it.
By their action, they probably treat elected office as a stepping stone to get high positions and of course good financial returns.
How will the people vote? No one knows until the final vote is cast.