Win the battle and lose the war

I agree with the suggestion that the BN should allow Pakatan’s choice to win the Penanti by election uncontested.. meaning giving a walkover. This is of course to save time and money (tax payers’smoney) knowing that there is very slim chance of a victory.

The same should go for the Bukit Lanjan seat, if ever that seat becomes vacant later on, even though I hope Eli Wong would be able to weather all the pressure within her own party and continue her work there.

The case , however, is very different in Perak.

Perak, I believe, would be better off to seek a dissolution of the assembly and go back to Perak people and end the farce there once and for all. The ‘hang’ government cannot function well for the people, and since there are so many grey areas in law , even judicairy cannot and should not be depended on to solve the Perak issue.

Even if BN won all the court cases, there is still the issue of the court of public opinion, which is what really matters in the world of politics.

BN, if they insist on holding on the state government and therefore continuing the political saga in Perak, would  win the battle but lose the war.


29 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Dr Hsu
    Apr 19, 2009 @ 13:09:00

    Just to side track, in Lim SI Pin’s blog, there is a commentator who repeatedly said that only my friends read this blog. I am not going to refute it, but i would just put a link here to an article in the Straits Times of Singapore dated 18 April, in which the writer quoted my blog on the KPI issue….

    Go to this link here

    Let the fact speaks for itself.. and I have said before, this blog hopes to be read by people like the general public, opinion shapers, journalists , students, bridge builders and so one…


  2. Richard Loh
    Apr 19, 2009 @ 13:51:41

    Dr. Hsu, what that commentator said is quite true….people like me do not know you until we came to read your blog and along the way after a few to and fro online conversations, we more or less become friends. Since our online conversations look friendly, he assume that all visitors to your blog are your friends only…lol…

    Coming back to the main issue. We know that najib is not sincere when he talks about the politicking by PR on the Penanti issue. The issue is not about economy but the fear of losing yet another by election which he cannot face.

    If he is sincere that he is more interested in the economy than politicking, he should resolve the Perak issue by giving back the Government to PR and ask his assemblymen to work with PR until the next GE.

    You see why I hate umno leaders is that they are always right even when in the eyes of the law that they are wrong and they can keep on their rhetoric calls for this and for that, without blinking an eye and worst, no shame at all.


  3. Meng
    Apr 19, 2009 @ 14:11:29

    Shit, I don’t even know who the hell Dr Hsu is..whether he is round, thin or tall, ugly or handsome.

    The idiot who made the remarks, is he another dog. I don’t bother to read his blog.


  4. A true Malaysian
    Apr 19, 2009 @ 14:42:46

    Dr. Hsu,

    I don’t consider myself as a friend to you but I keep coming back, so? 🙂

    The adverse comments about your blog in Si Pin’s blog are stories of sour grapes and ostrich mentality that do not want to accept facts and prefer to remain ignorant and arrogant.

    Perhaps those in Umno and BN need a magical ‘Susan Boyle’ to inspire on them that life is not ended yet without being in power. But now, I doubt if anyone can do a miracle on these fellows.

    Admitting wrongs is the only way for them to regain past glory. Give back government to Perak people so to retain some goodwill for future fights, if rakyat still want you to govern. If not, that’s the end of a story by the next General Election.

    When gentlemen fight
    We fight with might
    If we won the fight
    We are humble with our might

    Even if we lost the fight
    We still regard it a good fight
    No excuse for losing in fight
    Because, we hold high our pride

    Not like some, they are not in sight
    Upon losing a fight
    Excuses justifying lost in fight
    Instead of admitting they have lesser might

    Win or lose in a fight
    No big deal if it is a fair fight
    What matter is our pride
    and whether you fight with might

    Please learn from lost in fight
    Improve on your might
    Listen to rakyat’s plight
    God willing, you win the next fight


  5. klm
    Apr 19, 2009 @ 15:49:11

    Dr Hsu. I am puzzled why Lim Si Pin stood for the Gerakan Youth leader election, won, and dont do anything after winning. He said he has to cari makan (my interpretation of his words). Is he just marking time to be made President?

    This dont make sense.

    Secondly, I dont agree with the title of your posting. It should be “Lose a battle and lose a war”.

    BN cannot win Penanti. This is the reason why Najib is willing to abstain from the election. Of course UMNO and MIC being street bullies, having more brawns than brains, want to fight. Losing Penanti would make it 4th straight loss in by-election in peninsular (in Malay majority constituency). A very disturbing statistics for UMNO and BN

    I would give Najib my grudging respect if he is able to abstain from the election. It would also means that he is smarter than the other BN dummies. It also means he is a more dangerous enemy.


  6. Dr Hsu
    Apr 19, 2009 @ 16:02:31

    win the battle refers to the grab of perak power… so they are going to lose the whole war if they call a state election or even a general election now.

    There are already calls within BN to send someone as independents in Penanti… MAybe another dozen independents…


  7. Dr Hsu
    Apr 19, 2009 @ 16:08:40

    The old M has spoken and he wanted BN to contest Penanti.. I suspect the new PM will be facing a hard time from him, with Mujahiddeen breathing down his neck and supported by the old M..

    The Utusan Melayu’s article “Bangkitlah Melayu” put side by side with PM’s photo trying out making capadi is a clear case of sabotage…of the 1 Malaysia concept..

    Heads will roll in Utusan, if not, the PM will have a hard hard time…. just like the person before him.


  8. Kenny
    Apr 19, 2009 @ 16:21:31

    klm, a small correction. Losing Penanti would make it the 5th straight loss for BN in the Peninsula.

    Don’t you find it strange that the very people who willingly spend billions on useless mega projects and dubious procurement practices now groans about wasting the rakyat’s money for by-elections?

    Just the commission for so-called services paid for the procurement of submarines and helicopters will fund 100 by-election at RM0.5 million each.

    The money spent on elections for the people to exercise their democratic right is well spent. It is not a waste.

    The truth is that BN fears another loss in Penanti making it a 5th straight loss and a loss of face for Najib.


  9. klm
    Apr 19, 2009 @ 17:00:55

    Kenny. My mistake.

    The issue of the by-election is not money. God knows how much have been wasted in other things.

    Al least Najib tries to think with his head. The others think with you know what. I think he is trying to keep UMNO’s morale up by not going in the election. UMNO gains nothing by going in but splitting itself more. Of course, UMNO will not make it easy for PKR. Hence the independents.

    From what I heard about Permatang Pauh, Bukit Selembau and Bukit Gantang, the ground level UMNO were fighting each other. There were no cohesion within UMNO itself. Penanti is going to be the same. T

    The issue is more strategic that just face. The UMNO troops are in tatters. Imagine going into battle with its own people shooting each other from the back.

    Najib has to fix UMNO’s problems first.

    Najib has to buy over some of the people and shoot some others to establish his reign. And looks like Utusan is a loose cannon now.

    Did you notice Rais Yatim acting like Joseph Goebbels, Hitler’s Minister of Propaganda?


  10. A true Malaysian
    Apr 19, 2009 @ 17:07:36

    Dr. Hsu,

    Tell Umno to field Mahathir in Penanti bye-election if Umno decided to contest. I agree with a comment in the Malaysian Insider here:

    Candidate Mahathir
    written by Chin Too Lan, April 19, 2009
    Let’s solve it once and for all . Let Mahathir stands for BN in Penanti, make it a referendum on him, bearing in mind his age, extend the campaign period to 3 months. If he lose in Penanti, ask him to get lost , once and for all.


  11. Kenny
    Apr 19, 2009 @ 17:41:41

    Penanti is a 73% Malay majority area but few expect BN to win.

    BN can’t win in a rural Malay majority area like Permatang Pauh or Penanti. Neither can it win in a super Malay majority area like Kuala Terengganu with 88.1% Malays. It can’t win in a mixed area like Bukit Gantang and Bukit Selambau. For sure it can’t win in a non-Malay majority area like Bukit Lanjan.

    So where can BN win? (scratch head)

    Penanti is a fight for the Malay vote. Umno as a one trick pony only knows one way to fight for the Malay vote. By the time it is over, Najib’s 1Malaysia will be torn to shreds.

    So I think it’s wise that BN doesn’t contest this seat. However there may still be a by-election as you can’t stop independents from contesting.


  12. klm
    Apr 19, 2009 @ 18:05:56

    As long as there are more than one candidate, there has to be a by-election. And EC need to spend money. The police need to spend money. And most important to UMNO, PKR need to spend money. It depletes PKR’s treasury. So you can expect “Independents”.

    So where is Najib’s saving taxpayers money?

    Saving money is only an excuse.


  13. aca
    Apr 19, 2009 @ 18:17:15

    dr hsu,

    whats your party stand on the power grab in Perak?

    look at Mr Chang from Gerakan. he is salivating for the dole and benefits that come with the position as an adviser for the illegitimate BN Exco. And he has the galls to say the Federal Court decision is “check and balance”.

    The rela check and balance is the separation of power, isnt it? and its clearly stated in the Constitution that the judciciary butts off from the legislature. and who gave the ultimate rights for the EC to decide whether there is an election or not? The judiciary or the legislature?

    Yet amongst the inner circle of Gerakan, no one dares to make a stand to defend the Constitution. Instead, the party is only concerned with cabinet and exco positions. Is that the raison d’etre of Gerakan now?


  14. cilyhot
    Apr 19, 2009 @ 18:27:01

    Dr Hsu,previously I do not know you!!But now I now who you are but not vice versa.Am I considered your friend??For example,I know who Mr Li Ka Sing is and can recognise him if I meet him on the streets but he do not know ‘mat sui’ I am!!!I liked your posts BUT does not mean I SUPPORT your stand still remaining in your dysfunctional party!!Your fellow party men accepted posts in the government of Perak and cabinet after being REJECTED by their voters is a DISGRACE to their dignity!! No more excuses ,PLEASE.JUst get out the the rubbish and stand up to justice!!


  15. pohwatchdog
    Apr 19, 2009 @ 20:51:28

    Understand the mind and heart. Let work together for a safe and better Malaysia. 1Malaysia, Performance Now, People First. We support those that work for Malaysia. Whether PR or BN ? We must not be sour grape and let the event take the course. We can discussed and wrote in this blog, it showed we are still civilized and gentlemen to accept criticism. Let move on


  16. kittykat46
    Apr 19, 2009 @ 21:19:30

    The by-elections since GE12 have been ruinously expensive, but not in the way the Mainstream media paints it.

    In each of the by-elections, hundreds of millions of ringgit of taxpayer funds have been used by various government agencies to fund dubious projects. The height of imbecility was Najib’s Class “F” sub-contractor lottery in Kuala Terengganu, with zero pretensions to contractor capability or merit.

    Its hypocritical of the government to complaint about the ruinous expenditure of of taxpayer funds, when it is BN which is spending it by the lorry-load, nothing related to the EC or Police.

    Having said all that, I do not support the by-election in Penanti. Anwar has some serious explaining to do as to why there was no other solution possible ?


  17. Kenny
    Apr 19, 2009 @ 22:48:36

    If Umno can assure Anwar that it will not try to lure the Penanti assemblyman to defect or become ‘BN friendly independent’ by levering on his (coming) corruption charge and/or offering money then there is no need for a by-election at all.

    Fairus can keep his seat and Anwar can appoint someone else through the senatorship way.

    It’s this fear of Umno dirty tricks that PKR has to ask Fairus to quit even before he is charged. Waiting till he’s charged may be too late.


    Apr 19, 2009 @ 23:46:50

    Dear Dr Hsu
    Though I really don’t know you or met you in person, but after going through some of your articles,I still don’t understand why are you still wasting your time in parti gerakan since you have commented that it will be a sunset party, without any future.
    I believe you are a nice guy and hope you will switch camp if you still intent to be in politics and serving the community.

    Good Luck to you


  19. clearwater
    Apr 20, 2009 @ 09:28:34

    Dr Hsu,

    I do not know you personally, nor you, me but I feel I know you through your writing. Are you a friend, then, when we have never met face to face? By historical convention, no, but by sharing like minded ideas through the new media, yes. People who share common goals and aspirations soon become friends.

    In the court of public opinion, BN has already lost Perak. Should there be a new statewide election, the result is a foregone conclusion. BN should cut its electoral losses and focus on delivering results to the Malaysian people at large, perchance it may still stay in power next GE if reforms really take place. I am skeptical, though, as so far it has been nothing but b…s… rhetoric.


  20. Nick
    Apr 20, 2009 @ 11:25:18

    I wish I was your friend Dr. Hsu. we haven’t met. But I am now addicted to your blog. I also visit MT daily and other blogs as well. Keep up the interesting articles. I enjoy the discourse with all your fellow bloggers/commentators.

    I disagree with TDM. It’s just a no-contest. PR will just steam-rolled over any contestants put up by the BN. Every Christian that I have come across is anti-government, every Indian I count as colleagues or friends are anti-government, every educated or poorly educated Chinese in this land is anti-government. My doctors, my dentist, my grocer, my butcher, my candle-light maker, they are all anti-government. What more do you want. If DAP put a monkey with the Rocket symbol, the monkey will guarantee to win more votes than any BN candidate. Wanna bet?


  21. Dr Hsu
    Apr 20, 2009 @ 12:19:27

    in a way, it is true that we are all friends.. even if we have not met each others. We have been exchanging views and engaging each other in thoughts.

    The chinese saying that ‘ within the 4 seas, all of us are brothers” is indeed very true.. All men are indeed brothers, exept that we have not evoleved to the satge that we treat all as brothers.


  22. Observant
    Apr 20, 2009 @ 12:32:58

    Politics is about power. The winner holds power. Only during recent times, BN found its hold on power being seriously challenged.

    The past few by-elections must prove to be very morale sapping and disastrous to the ruling party.
    Having so used to winning, defeats can be mind boggling and unfamiliar to BN that it needs to rethink statregically and reinvent in order to face the coming challenges.

    To fight or to flight and we will get to know later when the nomination date looms nearer.


  23. ahmadjek
    Apr 20, 2009 @ 13:13:23

    lol, some suggested Mahathir to contest. Khir Toyo suggested Anwar to contest.

    Yeah, let them contest! The drama would be great.

    The local economic stimulus to Penanti will be great as well.

    The allowance for the police force is great stimulus as well. They’re severely underpaid!


  24. Dr Hsu
    Apr 20, 2009 @ 14:10:15

    Wow! Anwar versus Mahathir.. not a bad idea. They can settle their differences once and for all….:)


  25. annoyed
    Apr 20, 2009 @ 16:43:20

    “Frustrated” perhaps is not an understatement to describe how majority of us feel in what we are in now.

    Whatever should have happened, not happened, and whatever should not have happened, keep happening. To a such an extend that we regard those in power, have no cow sense at all. These powerful include those personnel that we have high respect of with their statures and qualifications.

    Malaysia is UPSIDE DOWN. Make sure we still remember where is UP and where is DOWN. Let show them our true colours come this 13th GE.


  26. Eric
    Apr 20, 2009 @ 17:04:43

    “commentator who repeatedly said that only my friends read this blog”

    I think the comments speak for themselves. Your blog is a rare moderate endeavour from a BN member, where you are one of the last to defend Gerakan’s great ideals. Here we can have a valid discussion without contempt or abuse being hurled. Lastly, it seems to me the heated up rhetoric polluting many blogs on both sides of the divide do not prevail here.

    Keep it up.

    PS: still cannot wait for the day when Gerakan will wake up to the fact race-based BN has no room for Gerakan’s ideals.


  27. chinseng
    Apr 20, 2009 @ 17:41:14

    Anwar versus Mahathir in Penanti By Election…
    woow… great idea… sometime we must watch!

    But, still PR will have the upperhand couse no matter what BN say or do, general population are not trusting them anymore like what Nick said…

    everybody is now anti the government of the day


  28. Disgusted
    Apr 20, 2009 @ 17:59:35

    Dr Old Horse is like a bad pimple that refused to disappear from the face of the nation. He is throwing a spanner in the mindsets that is hampering change and the only way this nation gets some peace is when he “migrate” permanently.

    The horse’s next heart attack may well be its last.



  29. pohwatchdog
    Apr 20, 2009 @ 19:24:51

    Let work together for a better, safe and brighter future for our children. No point wasting unnecessary expenditure on this by election. Look what Penang the Jewel of the Orient had become. We recognised Gerakan contribution for UNESCO regognition inner city of George Town as World Heritage Site. We need to work harder to make it a site that preserve heritage for our children. It is totally waste of manspower to hold by election. No wonder LGE was fuming mad at his partner. Let move on and plan for the next 50 years for a vibrant city of Penang.


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