At a discussion a few days back someone said that the Prime Minister (and the DPM too) seem to be the only ones doing all the campaigning and the fighting for the BN. I think here they were referring to the other UMNO Ministers who are either silent as door mice or saying stupid things from time to time that just embarass the Gomen more.
The MCA has been redeemed by its president Chua Soi Lek who is fighting hard to remind the Chines community of the dangers that still face our society. However Chua Soi Lek is not in the Cabinet. The MIC is moving along minus any controversies since the new presient took over. I consider that an achievement for the MIC. No scandals, no fights and no arguments. The MIC seems to be the more peaceful component among the BN parties today. The party is making a come back among the Indians. However the party has to come out more aggresively with programs to move the Indian community forward even faster. This does not mean that the party has to be aggressive. Only the programs to move the Indians forward must be bold and aggressive.
Where are the UMNO Ministers? For the past couple of years it has been only the PM and the DPM at the front lines - taking all comers squarely. From time to time the Ministers do appear but they say the most ridiculous things. Hisham Hussein, Rais Yatim and Nazri Aziz are expert at bungling in public. The former Minister Shahrizat and the Pemuda fellow caused severe embarasment as well.
There are also those who take the bait set by the Pakatan and seek to engage them in debates and other time wasting activities with the Pakatan. It only gives the Pakatan a platform to air their twisted ideas.
Then from time to time the Ministers appear in the news for the wrong reasons. They are saying even more stupid things. Examples? Hishamuddin said that Mat Rempit shall be roped in as crime fighters? Do you remember that? Here is another one : Rais Yatim suggested that Muslim Malaysian women who travel overseas must get the written consent of their family members. Remember that?
So with dunggus like these in the Cabinet who needs enemies? The PM and the DPM are much alone in this area. They are hoisting the entire weight of the fight upon their own shoulders.
The DPM is actually on a sounder footing. Family tak ada issues, wife tak beli kasut atau cincin. But the DPM still does have that 'ustaz' tag that haunts him. And his insistence on abolishing the PPSMI will cost the country dearly. It will prolong the position of the Malays on the lower rungs of the economic ladder. This is a certainty. But other than that the DPM seems decisive and steady. He speaks with certainty.
What is helping the PM and DPM is that the Pakatan is already more diseased than the BN. They have been diseased from Day 1. Almost all their leaders have been sent to jail before or have been arrested. They are ex-convicts and jailbirds. Some of them have been jailed more than once. And here is the really sick part - their supporters think it is some great achievement in life for their leaders to have spent time behind bars. It is NOT. Crimes are crimes. Criminals are criminals.
The same Laws apply for 28 million other Malaysians. Even if your old classmate has been tried and sent to jail by the Court for a criminal offence you may not invite your classmate over to your house anymore. You will be aware that your classmate is now a proven criminal, an ex-convict. The same Laws apply to the Pakatan leaders - those who have been convicted and sent to jail. They too are criminals and ex-convicts. And these are your leaders.
That is why the corruption issues are now gaining momentum in the Pakatan. The land deal scandals involving the Pakatan in Penang and Selangor are just the tip of the iceberg. The massage parlour industry in Selangor is certainly another example. Money changes hands. In Penang organised syndicates have now moved into the construction industry.
In Kelantan the Dinar Emas scandal has not attracted much attention because it is so far away - involving mostly Malay PAS supporters. But many people have been cheated of their money. All this is happening very quickly - even without the Pakatan in Putrajaya yet. If they get to Putrajaya, they will make the BN look like puppies playing with chew toys.
And in Selangor, the potholes are getting worse. My favorite car mechanic (a Chinese) voted for the Pakatan. Now they are screaming. Even the garbage is not collected properly in their area. And yes there is now a pothole right in front of their workshop.
Well folks, this is a democracy remember - "by the people, of the people, for the people" and stuff. You dont just get what you vote for. You get what you are. If you spit in the streets, you will elect people who spit in the streets. If you piss in your front yard you will elect people who also piss in the front yard. So do look at yourself in the mirror.