Opposite effect?

In Malaysia, everything boils down to race, and because of this, politics in our context means that everything must be distorted to become a race or religious issue.

This is especially so after 308, when the Big Brother feels that desperate situation requires desperate moves.

So a NGO is established to voice out very racial issue. The head, I.Ali, who I like to call Loud Mouth, has uttered such nonsence that it is hard to believe that there are still people who believe and subscribe t what he says. But he is backed by a powerful Horse, and also a newspaper which has only one agenda, to win back the votes of the  majority ethnic group.

Initially , this strategy seems to be working , looking at the last few buy by elections result.

But as Eastern philosophy dictates, when things are going too extreme, it may result in unintended results.

I do not know about the rural sentiments, but of late, i can sense some reverse trends among the urban groups.

The Chinese support  are gone still, but even among the urban Malays, there is a beginning of resentment against too extreme racism as displayed by the Loud Mouth, especially when he allegedly uttered  an threat   ‘advice’ . Whether it is an advice or threat, it is up to each individual to interpret, but most people I talked to certainly did not like what he said.

Given the burden of trying to make ends meet, most urban people,  irrespective of their colour,  are not happy about the direction the country is moving .

Of course , the big question will be whether such unhappiness can translate back into votes and support for the opposition. If so, then the Big Brother would be in big trouble, since many of these urban people originate from rural areas , and that they would have some influence over their folks back home.

I foresee the more this Loud Mouth utters, the more he will help to alienate the very people the Big brother is trying to win back, at the same time, he helps to make sure that the other ethnic groups will remain resentful of the Big Brother.

Politicians have forgotten the very basic: that to win votes, you must win the heart. To win the heart, there must be sensible policies, good governance and a healthy economy..

If only efforts are channeled to achieve this instead of trying to play politics…


14 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Hope
    Jun 28, 2011 @ 13:20:53

    UMNO is NO confidence in the coming General Election. … ” Datuk Seri Najib Razak promised tonight to offer more opportunities for the young if they helped him secure his mandate in a general election expected within the year.” why ” IF “.


  2. Richard Loh
    Jun 28, 2011 @ 14:01:38

    Dr. Hsu,

    There is no way umno najib going to let go of power should they lose the 13th GE Very sad day indeed, the way he allows the police and umno members to go on the rampage.

    They are using the fear tactic of the past, no doubt what they are doing has cause much fear but this fear now is the fear of anger and the poll results will tell it.


  3. Dr Hsu
    Jun 28, 2011 @ 14:43:41

    Yes, I agree with you totally about the employment of fear tactic. But they have forgotten this is a different era. As you have mentioned, the poll results will show it..

    They could have played their cards in a cleverer way.


  4. Moo
    Jun 28, 2011 @ 15:04:29

    The Najib government is making a great mistake.

    If they allow the bersih rally perhaps 1 or 2 hundred thousand will be aware of the purpose of bersih.

    Now millions is aware of bersih.

    Even my old parent also ask me what is bersih.

    It backfire najib.


  5. klm
    Jun 28, 2011 @ 15:46:26

    Najib has got himself into a pickle. He has put his butt in a no win situation. Slam down on Bersih and he will get the whole population worked up. Just look at the silly excuses the policeare using. Go soft on Bersih and his own party will skewer him. This is a tactical mistake that no general can afford to make. People tell me Najib is politically savvy. It does not look that way to me.


  6. Kenny
    Jun 28, 2011 @ 15:54:44

    Why is the govt so scared of a rally for free and fair elections? It can only be because they fear free and fair elections. This proves that this govt depends on unfairness and cheating to win.


  7. Li Li Fa
    Jun 28, 2011 @ 16:38:20

    The BigBrother is caught in a quandary- between the devil and the deep blue sea. To allow the rally to take place, he will be damned and not allowing it, he will also be damned. He is also juggling the balls of politics in his own party and also in the line-up.

    All he wants is to win in the coming 13GE. To be the runner-up means a failure for him. He subscribes to The Queen’s song “We are the champions.”

    It is not so much the march that matters but more so the matters of the nation are on the march towards free and fair election, righteousness and democratic rise to freedom over corruption, injustice and unfairness. I understand that all parties have been invited to participate in the march.


  8. CYC
    Jun 28, 2011 @ 16:41:47

    Najib is nut, political savvy my foot. He is just slightly better than the useless KTK.

    My vote goes to Mdm Ambiga, she epitomes the fearless and uphold fairness. Who cares about I. Ali, he is just working hard to make some money and try to remain relevant politically. Poor soul.


  9. klm
    Jun 28, 2011 @ 17:08:00

    Cleanliness is next to godliness. So people say. But in Malaysia, cleanliness can get you in jail. You can imagine where this country is heading.


  10. YW
    Jun 29, 2011 @ 00:25:56

    Jun 28, 2011 @ 13:20:53
    [[ UMNO is NO confidence in the coming General Election. … ” Datuk Seri Najib Razak promised tonight to offer more opportunities for the young if they helped him secure his mandate in a general election expected within the year.” why ” IF ]]

    WTF?! How about this, Unker Jib: You give me more opportunities first, THEN maybe, just maybe I’ll consider voting for you… if you also get rid of I.Ali, Muhy, Old Horse, Hisap-pudding, Rais Yatim, CSL, KTK & your wife.


  11. KeyStone
    Jun 29, 2011 @ 04:48:07

    Do not under estimate the dark side of the force!

    The Bersih is perhaps a divine wake up call to everyone that the bottom of the pit is near and we better stop the slid down and start climbing up, otherwise, Malaysia will be like Angola, Somalia in times to come.

    What is the big deal about Bersih march anyway, let them march, if they start to destroy public property, arrest those responsible and charge them, jail them. Otherwise, life will be back to normal on the 10th of July. It is hard to imagine these people can destroy the country with yellow T shirts. The bad guys think everyone else is bad guy.

    Everyone seems to dislike the government, it is hard to understand because it is democratically elected by the Malaysian in the last General Election. Is it something wrong with Malaysian?

    May the force be with the Malaysian.


  12. Phua Kai Lit
    Jun 29, 2011 @ 07:43:51

    Ruling regime has forgotten Machiavelli’s advice to the Prince i.e.
    do not make the people so upset that they start to hate you.
    (Let the people fear you but never make them hate you)

    Also, Machiavelli’s advice about not touching any citizen’s property (or their women). With the ongoing Lynas project in Kuantan, the property values of wealthy people in Kuantan are being significantly degraded and they are getting very upset.


  13. Kenny
    Jun 29, 2011 @ 09:04:08

    Malaysians can tolerate a lot of democratic abuses provided their rice bowl is not affected. However Malaysians have a low tolerance for economic pain. The ability of BN to cling on to power will depend largely on the economy especially the price of palm oil and rubber which will affect its rural Malay power base.

    But one thing is certain – when BN wins the next G.E., the price of petrol and diesel will go up, GST will be implemented and subsidies will be removed at a faster rate. Increasingly tough economic condition should cause BN to lose the 14th G.E. but by then BN may resort to outright intimidation and widespread cheating to cling on to power.


  14. monsterball
    Jun 29, 2011 @ 11:13:23

    The guilty conscience have made Najib being frantic and turned frenzy.
    Never under any other PMs have race and religion reached such a low ebb.
    Malaysians must continue to apply Mahatma Gandhi’s disobediences without violence…and dare to walk and talk without fear..for country and people.
    No more personal benefits and advantage.
    Our country is under seize…not by traitors or oppositios ….but by the very people who accuses others…our so call People’s government.
    The trickery and dirty politics are getting boring.
    Najib knows vast majority Malaysians will mark an “X” for change and that’s why he dare not declare a date for 13th GE.
    If he is that good and confident..his hairs will not turn completely white in 2 years.
    That’s the sign of extreme worries and why should he?
    Enough of this double headed snake…and can lie twith no brains.
    Without Rosmah..he is a dead duck long ago.


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