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Of race politics and the numbers game

 | June 13, 2012

If you were to take this RM500 and divide it by 55 (the number of years under Barisan Nasional rule), you will get RM9 per year while the amount per day will be too miniscule to tabulate.

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For the first time in the history of Barisan Nasional’s governance since independence on Aug 31, 1957, cash aid was provided en masse to the citizens in the form of Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia (BR1M) this year.

This RM500 cash aid for households earning below RM3,000 was distributed between mid-January and mid-March this year and is still ongoing for late applicants and for those who were successful in their appeal after their application was rejected the first time.

By the way, if you were to take this RM500 and divide it by 55 (the number of years under Barisan Nasional rule), you will get RM9 per year while the amount per day will be too miniscule to tabulate.

Even if RM500 were to be divided by 365 days, it will only amount to RM1.35 per day. What a cruel joke!

This cash aid which was given this year and the RM200 and RM100 cash book vouchers given out last year were a clear and strong indication that the 13th general election will be held soon when these gifts are still fresh in the people’s mind.

But suddenly Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak somehow lacked the courage or the gung-ho attitude to disslove Parliament in February in order for the polls to be called in March.

This despite all the groundwork to woo the rakyat being carried out. No one knows why he lacked the confidence and conviction.

Together with the assistance that can be obtained from phantoms and aliens in the dirty voter rolls, there is no way he can lose. In fact, he will win by a big majority, logically. So what is he holding back for?

“Regardless of whether he wins by a large majority or a slim one, the greatest sin that occurred during his tenure is the giving out of more than 3 million fast-tracked citizenship to every Tom, Dick and Harry,” said PAS Kuala Selangor MP Dzulkefly Ahmad, popularly known as Dr Dzul.

This greatest misdeed has indeed altered the demography of the nation tremendously.

Another PAS MP, Mahfuz Omar of Pokok Sena in Kedah, opined that some of these new citizens could be of shady or dubious characters back in their home countries and this is going to be an unhealthy situation for our own citizens.

The Pakatan Rakyat MPs especially those from PAS have vociferously voiced out against this MyKad scandal many times but the government has turned stone-deaf in regard to this issue.

Yet with this alien force rendering him aid, the prime minister is still hesitant to call for the 13th general election.

Hari Raya goodies

Besides this, the 3Ms – money, media and machinery – are being used or rather misused in the daily ongoing campaign to tarnish the reputation of the hard-pressed opposition and those non-governmental organisations (NGOs) which are fighting for the cause of justice, good governance and transparency.

A small-time business entrepreneur who is a friend of this columnist remarked that this electoral uncertainty creates an unhealthy climate for foreign investors.

Nevertheless, after the March date went by, everyone expected the polls to be held in June during the two-week school holidays. Again, nothing happened. It is now extremely baffling why the prime minister cannot seem to call for the polls. Has he got polls-phobia?

Some neutral political pundits claimed that he has put off the June date due to the great Bersih 3.0 crowd on April 28.

If he was truly afraid of the crowd, then he should order the Election Commission (EC) to clean up the voter rolls and all of Bersih’s eight demands to be met and yet that is not happening!

This means that it is very obvious that although he is afraid of Bersih, he is much more afraid of doing badly at the ballot box.

“He is living in constant fear and is afraid of his own shadow,” commented Dr Dzul.

The only thing for him to do now is to call for the election in September. This is after he is sufficiently sure that the majority of the Malays are going to vote for BN.

To achieve this mission, great goodies galore will be given to the Malays during the fasting month of Ramadan (which begins in the third week of July) and the Aidil Fitri month of Syawal (commencing on the third week of August) to capture the Malay hearts and minds.

If he thinks that the Malays are not fully with him, then BN will next have a go at the Indians in order to secure their votes.

As it is now, the Indians are being featured prominently in the 8pm prime time news slot as being a very much up-and-coming community. Deepavali is on Nov 13 and the Indians will be praised and hailed as great contributors to the cause of nation-building and also feted with gifts.

Offers of schools to be built, scholarships and business opportunities will be made to the Indians before and during this festive occasion in order for the polls to be held around the end of November or early December.

Actually these schools, scholarships and business opportunities are nothing exceptional as it is the normal responsibility and duty of the government in power.

Overall, the mission of Najib is to obtain Malay and Indian votes to offset the loss of Chinese support. The BN strategists will tabulate the percentage of votes needed from each community in order for them to win the elections.

This is BN-style race or communal politics and numbers game.

Selena Tay is a FMT columnist.


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