Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Is The MIC Destined To Lose By-elections?

If we were to believe the kedai kopi talk that is going around, it looks as if the Malays of Ijok are all set to plump for an anak Melayu as their next wakil rakyat, and turn their back on the multiracial power sharing philosophy promoted by Barisan and championed by Umno.

The unhappiness towards the government that apparently the Malays are feeling, seems to be one cause. But wait, is that the only reason why the BN is doubtful about the results here? If the Barisan candidate had been instead from Umno Kuala Selangor, will these same Malays who have now an inclination to vote for Keadilan, change their mind?

The dismay felt by the Malays in Ijok is equally shared by the non-Malays too. After years and years of benign neglect by the government of the 'developed' state of Selangor under the leadership of scandal-tainted Mentri Besar Mohd Khir Toyo and his equally notorious predecessors, can you blame the poor sods who live there? These people are not fools. They know very well that the millions upon millions of Ringgit Malaysia Khir Toyo and company are pouring into Ijok now is only because of the by-election and not for altruistic reasons. They resent the fact that these Barisan power-mongers walk in haughtily and straight away distribute bribes with promises of more, while assuming that the grateful residents will cast their votes 'accordingly' on polling day. A sort of electoral quid pro quo.

Add to this general unhappiness, the continued representation of this constituency by the MIC, a party not highly regarded or even liked by the Malays and Chinese and even some Indians. While the Chinese would probably vote for the MIC man rather than contribute to an increase in the already high number of Malays in the State Assembly, the Malay contention is somewhat different. Why should they who are the majority race in Ijok be forced time and again to put up with an Indian rep? Why not allow a Malay, at least this time, to 'properly' represent them? After all they voted for the MIC wakil earlier, and if he died during office then it is not their fault. The Indians have had their turn and at least for the remainder of the term let a Malay be elected to the job. And if Umno still persists in sidelining them in the name of power-sharing, then they will vote for the Malay from Keadilan. In any case precious few of them are willing to be convinced by the assurances of senior Umno leaders that their interests will be looked after by the state government. With Khir Toyo at the helm, as far as they are concerned, that is neither a very convincing argument nor a satisfactory proposition.

In a way, the present predicament of the BN is not unlike the Lunas situation earlier. These pent-up resentments as well as the annoyance at being ignored by the national Umno leaders normally surface at by-elections, especially where a minority party representative stands. They may have nothing against the candidate per se, but racial feelings are sometimes difficult to predict, comprehend or control. If a large number of Malays in mixed constituencies where they have a slight majority start to think on ethnic lines, to the exclusion of all else, then MIC candidates whenever they find themselves in the unenviable position of standing in by-elections, are destined to be defeated every time.

So what can the MIC do to avoid such a dilemma in the future? For a start they have to ensure that their elected representatives are younger and healthier, so that the chances of them meeting their maker before their political term expires becomes very slim. As cynical as it may sound, given the racial composition of the population and the ethnic sentiments prevailing, the only way for the MIC to maintain and keep some power in their hands is not to contribute to the calling of by-elections.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

if BN has served them well, MIC or no MIC will be not be an issue. the discontentment has been brewing for a long time judging the declining trend of the winning margn under MIC. How can you blame the residents there for being unhappy with the ruling party. only an hour drive from KL and located being in a developed state, there arent proper street lights and other amenities which you and I, city folks, take for granted.
I am rooting for opposition win although the odds are slim. Well, IJOK residents will decide at the end of the day.

1:08 AM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Urban Malaysian voters should realize and learn by now, the buy elections of both Machap and Ijok have displayed the grossest and ugliest naked political power of the ruling establishment. The "means" regardless whether it is within the moral compass no longer matters, as long as it can achieve the "end". The manner in which the immoral means are dispensed using taxpayers' money (not BN monies) to cover "gross neglect" of development in both constituencies are so obvious. The 24-hour implementation of the street paving, instalation of street lights etc, showed this desperation. The only sad verdict is that the semi urban and rural folks are easily duped or easily satisfied, missing the wood for the trees on the "sins" of the ruling establishment, the ineffectiveness and corruptibility of the hierarchy.

Any elected government is duty bound to develop the country and should not hold voters to ransom in order to gain votes. Like as though they are behaving like colonists invading your shores, catching the fishes, exporting to their country and selling you back in canned fish, ten times the price of the original stock. Similarly, BN artificially creats this psychological feelings for voters to be grateful to them by voting for their candidates. Should we be grateful to a government of neglect in the first place. Another parallel example, should we be grateful to a thief who has stolen your property but later return for a "reward?" But simpleton rural folks cannot understand the wisdom and rationale of such a scenario. To put it in simple words, "Stupidity has no medical cure." So says the Chinese wisdom.

NST Wan Hamid (April 22 2007) in his article titled, "Projects are BN's ace on the table." seemed to suggest that it always work and is not a problematic in winning future elections. But this lapdog piece maybe proven wrong. Urban voters are smarter. The ruling establishment may spin more "goodies" like lower petrol prices, lower income tax to woo votes but the chore of our wants is a "conscientious government" free from corruption and sins.

Politicians at the height of their hypocrisy during public relations campaigns like "holding or talking to our babies", asking for our views on local problems, won't work for us giving our votes. It's a fact, and a great probability these babies will never see these same campaigning politicians in person ever in their lives. Even if these babies grow up, fixing an appointment with these politicians will take a lifetime! Do you think these politicians are "really" interested in YOU? Hence, Ijok is a symbol of "I Joke". It's a sad joke!

At the next general election, we should turn these jokes back at them. We as urban voters should not be as stupid as those in rural areas.

9:32 AM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One of the ugliest, albeit, shameful sights is seeing politicians carrying other peoples' babies during political campaigning! How horrid !

3:08 PM GMT+8  

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