Hornbill Unleashed

November 14, 2014

Opposition quarrelling till the cows come home

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:00 AM
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(From left): Hadi, Adenan and ChongJimmy Adit

The opposition is bickering over many imagined seats, I mean seats they think they can win.

Funnily, in some of these seats the opposition is almost non-existent, so why the quarrel?

They cannot agree and now the state DAP is so angry that it is thinking of cutting ties with rogue partner PAS and leaving Pakatan Rakyat.

The DAP should have no qualms at all about ditching PAS, but should keep its relations with PKR intact.

Except for being on the same side of the political divide, DAP and PAS have nothing in common. DAP has no use for PAS in the urban seats. PAS’ fights are in the Malay-majority seats where issues in the 2011 state election were more on personalities than political ideologies, no doubt with a dash of religious overtones.

But that’s Party Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB)’s problem. Party president Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem has promised some surprises for the opposition in the next state election, so expect PAS to take much of the brunt.

It is therefore rather hard to see what it is that Chong Chieng Jen and colleagues value so much in PAS that it is so difficult for them to say enough is enough instead of waiting until next June.

Yes, in June 2015 PAS will hold a convention which looks set to determine whether the ulamas or the progressives will gain control of the Islamic party.

Chong, the Sarawak DAP chief, believes that if the ulama faction wins control of the party, it will certainly implement hudud and will work closely with Umno. If that happens, Chong and colleague will sever ties with the Islamic party for good.

“If the progressive faction wins control of the party, it means the party is not going to implement hudud and is not leaning towards Umno. This faction is for justice, fairness, equality and liberty,” he was quoted as saying.

Chong seems to forget he is talking about PAS, a party that’s competing against Umno for Malay and Muslim votes. In their competition there is no limit to proclaiming which of them is more Malay and Muslim. For one to be seen as the better of the two, it is Chong and colleagues who will be made the perfect example of why Malays and Muslims must reject parties like DAP.

In PAS’ bigger picture of things, Chong cannot hope for justice, fairness, equality and liberty from the Islamic party. Chong will be made a punching bag. He will be derided and called names.

As in the past when the needs arose, when it was convenient to have a scapegoat, future PAS leadership would still pour scorn upon all the Chongs and the Lims because that is one sure way to maintain the Islamic party’s stranglehold on the Malays and Muslims.

Besides, in seats now held by the state DAP, it doesn’t need PAS’ help. In fact, its continued liaison with PAS irks many urban voters and may even be among the reasons why people refuse to cast their votes at all.

Chong should not be misled by what comes across as something progressive in PAS. These are just some younger leaders seeking to have control of the party leadership. Once they are there, the Islamic party’s ideology will rule. PAS cannot stray away too far from its ideology. Whoever gets to lead the party cannot shed off its standard jubbah and songkok image. Umno is already progressive enough and it is being punished for that. So, how far more progressive can PAS be?

But DAP does need PKR’s cooperation and vice-versa. Between them, they have to agree on seat allocation. Their chances of retaining their current seats will be greatly diminished if they must face off. Voters will be confused and votes will be badly split.

In that situation, BN has every chance to take back seats like Batu Kawa, won by DAP’s Christina Chiew with 7,439 votes to BN’s Tan Joo Phoi with 6,896 for a majority of just 543 votes; Dudong Yap Hoi Liong (DAP) with 9,649 to Datuk Tiong Thai King (BN) with 9,332 for a majority of 317 votes; and Ba’Kelalan, won by Baru Bian (PKR) with 2,505 votes to Willie Liau (BN) with 2,032 for a majority of 473 votes.

Neither DAP nor PKR should be big-headed and come to the negotiation table with a fixed mind about their winning chances in certain seats.

Considerations must be given to the potential candidates, their activities on the ground and their election machinery. If you are talking about Kedup and Simanggang, PKR has no business eyeing these seats; it is non-existent here. On the contrary, DAP’s Edward Luak and Leon Donald have been on the ground all the while.

In seats like Balai Ringin and Tebedu, neither DAP nor PKR look to be interested. Ask them why, but both don’t look like they have any reason to want to contest these seats.

In fact it is rather strange that there are so many seats like Balai Ringin and Tebedu – without any opposition activities and no opposition candidate potentials; yet DAP, PKR and PAS are quarrelling over who have the better qualification to contest more seats.

No ground activities, no party branches, or party branches only in name but without a single meeting to show, and the opposition still thinks the BN will be back-paddling come state election?

They still believe their winnable candidates will emerge on nomination day while they continue quarrelling over seat allocation?

They should stop the quarrelling and start going to the ground, prove that they are the better party with the better candidate and election machinery. Then lay claims to the seats.

The way they are conducting themselves, the opposition is up for not just Adenan’s promised surprises but BIG shocks.

1 Comment »

  1. It is not as simple as for every three to four rural seats DAP wanted to contest, it must sacrifice one urban seat. That was how PKR foolishly does its calculation and cooperate with DAP on seats allocation. Baru Bian seems to be surrounded by too many remote control political master minds whose contribution to the party was only mediocre.

    Comment by Mata Kuching — November 14, 2014 @ 12:52 PM | Reply

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