Short term gain and long term loss.
This is precisely what is happening. With this takeover of the Perak government, BN will lose big in the next general election… Not only in Perak, but elsewhere, too. People will remember. Just like 308, people remembered and in Peninsular Malasyia, BN actually lost the popular votes.
So, ironically, the opposition should not be feeling down. It should concentrate on governing the states under its admintstration and show people that they are capable of doing a good job. Then, the next GE will see them win big in Malaysia…
As Ong kian meng has said in Malaysiakini today, BN’s takeover is good for the opposition. He has made a very good analysis. For those who are not Malaysiakini subscribers, I will paraphrase some of his comments here, mainly his 5 reasons why this is so:
Firstly, it has made getting back the non-Malay vote for BN all but impossible, not just in Perak but in other parts of the country as well. It was obvious that the non-Malays in Perak voted overwhelming for the opposition in March 2008.
Secondly, this episode has tipped the balance of Malay support towards Pakatan. Fears that Anwar may be giving in too much to the non-Malays will undoubtedly be replaced by anger over the extent to which BN will sink to hold on to the reins of power.
Thirdly, this has given additional ammunition for Pakatan to undermine Najib’s administration right from the start
Fourthly, by forming the new Perak state government, Najib has inherited a new set of problems for himself and his incoming administration. He will have to deal with problems associated with the selection of excos, the lack of non-Malays in the state government, the political infighting that is heightened when state resources are at stake and the usual problems associated with running a state government.
Fifthly, by turning the tables on Anwar, Najib has effectively stopped him from speaking out further about enticing BN crossovers, at least for now. If Anwar is smart, he would use this time to concentrate instead on building up his own party (so that better candidates are selected the next time) and Pakatan’s internal cohesion as well as playing a more effective role as the leader of the opposition.
Earlier articles on this unholy takeover
Politics is about perception