Even the very possibility of the ejection of BN in the forthcoming general election is enough to make 2013 a special year for many of us. So many of us, in fact, that our dreams of a happier, healthier and wealthier Malaysia could finally come true.Here’s wishing you not only a happy New Year personally, but the first of many happy New Years politically. What a blast it would be for Malaysia to be finally free after so many decades of depressing BN repression.
Because it will all comes down to numbers, after all, and despite all the rigged popularity polls and staged ‘I love PM’ events, the numbers are looking more dire for BN with every passing day.
And everything the regime says and does to try and stem the storm of popular derision and contempt that so threatens to blow it away this year only serves to make it look even more deserving of its fate.
Such ploys as payments under the Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia (BR1M) scheme, for example, are increasingly seen by even their poor and needy recipients as not the generous gifts of a sharing, caring government, but a cynical scattering of economic crumbs for the sole purpose of purchasing votes on the cheap.
And the current attempt to buy the support of low-income youths by offering them a RM200 rebate on the purchase price of 3G smartphones, but only through selected (crony?) retailers and only those models priced below RM500, is only serving to further expose the regime as a bunch of dumb phonies.
Nor has the chorus of scorn that has greeted the smartphones fiasco been abated by Khairy Jamaluddin’s claim on behalf of Umno Youth that there should have been no price cap imposed in the first place, or Information Minister Rais Yatim’s mealy-mouthed comment that the cabinet meeting on Jan 2 ‘may consider’ extending the rebate to models priced ‘slightly above’ the RM500 price cap.
Such a penny-pinching, nickel-and-dime attitude to the Rakyat stands in stark contrast to the limitless largesse the BN regime displays when it comes to splurging public money on its members and cronies, as in the case of the National Feedlot Corporation, for example, or the purchase of French submarines, or the current scheme to buy the silence of rogue carpet trader, Deepak Jaikishan following his threat to publish serious allegations about the prime minister and his consorts.
And speaking of the prime minister, nobody could fail to contrast his loquacity when it comes to self-praise with his dead silence on the Scorpene submarines purchase and the apparently linked murder of the Mongolian translator involved in the deal during his time as defence minister, and the shocking rise in illicit capital outflows from Malaysia during his current term as finance minister.
Grim and grubby reality
But surely, the most astonishing recent contrast between the rhetoric or suspicious lack thereof on the part of the BN regime and its all-too-evident grim and grubby reality has been the proclamation by BN secretary-general Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor a few days ago, that all regime candidates for the 2013 general election “have been found to be free of corruption and other crimes”.
According to BN’s puppet ‘news’ agency, Bernama, Tengku Adnan expanded on this with the claim that BN candidates for the 222 parliamentary seats and 505 state seats “had undergone screenings by police, the Malaysian Anti-Corrption Commission (MACC) and the Department of Insolvency to ensure that they were ‘clean’ and did not have any problems.”
That spokespersons for such a notoriously corrupt and outright criminal regime could so insult the intelligence of the voters and nevertheless, presumably expect to win their support is absolutely astonishing.
And it is yet another sign to those of us hoping for many happy BN-free years for Malaysia that the regime has some bizarre, but most welcome desire for its own destruction.
Another symptom of this unconscious urge to self-harm, it seems to me, is deputy prime minister and minister currently responsible for BN’s shambolic public education system, Muhyiddin Yassin who, the other day highlighted the regime’s utter lack of credibility in any sphere of reform by patently falsely claiming that “more people are lending their support” to BN due to “various transformation programmes which have benefitted all levels of the multi-racial society”.
He then went on to list the Government Transformation Programme (GTP), Economic Transformation Programme (ETP), Political Transformation Programme (PTP), Rural Transformation Programme (RTP) and 111 “initiatives of Budget 2013 which benefit all levels of society” before claiming that there is “strong racial unity” and “no discord despite by attempts by certain quarters to disrupt the solidarity”.
Whatever gives the likes of Muhyiddin the idea that such dreary deceitful drivel as this is more likely to win votes for BN rather than lose still more of them to the opposition is a complete mystery to me, but I hope he goes on with a lot more of it as the general election approaches.
I also fondly hope that the utterly discredited and thus, zero-credibility BN-serving mainstream media continue their counterproductive programme of faithfully reporting and praising such schlock, and thus progressively lose even more of their readers, viewers and listeners and further sicken their few remaining ones.
And as for BN’s police, though of course I would far prefer that they ceased causing suspicious deaths of ‘suspects’ in their custody, as most recently in the case of the unfortunate K Nagarajan, as long as they continue their extrajudicial killings, and as long as they’re allowed to get away with this, not to mention their biased actions in favour of the regime and against the opposition and its supporters, they’re another sure-fire, vote-loser for the regime.
So all in all, as far as I can see, 2013 promises to be an even happier New Year for Malaysia and all honest, upstanding Malaysians, than the electoral ‘tsunami’ year of 2008 proved to be. And with luck, and lots more help from BN as it continues to display its lying, thieving ways, 2013 could prove to be the first of a great many happy New Years for Malaysians, and a happy New Era for Malaysia.
DEAN JOHNS, after many years in Asia, currently lives with his Malaysian-born wife and daughter in Sydney, where he coaches and mentors writers and authors and practises as a writing therapist. Published books of his columns for Malaysiakini include ‘Mad about Malaysia’, ‘Even Madder about Malaysia’, ‘Missing Malaysia’, ‘1Malaysia.con’ and ‘Malaysia Mania’.