Sunday, April 22, 2018

Migration to the big cities for work is normal the world over  

Salleh Said Keruak

PKR’s Deputy President Azmin Ali insulted the Kelantan Government by saying that many Kelantanese migrate to Selangor to seek employment because the government cannot guarantee them employment.

When PAS was in coalition with PKR from 1999 to 2015, the opposition would use Kelantan as the best example of a well-run opposition state. Now Azmin mocks Kelantan because GE14 is around the corner.

Actually, people from all over Malaysia travel to Selangor to work. This has been going on for a long time before PKR took over Selangor in 2008. This is the same in many countries the world over. If Azmin wants to look for issues to hit at PAS then look for sensible issues.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

The reality of the opposition pact and who holds the power

Salleh Said Keruak

Zaid Ibrahim said DAP is a Chinese party and that is not wrong since Umno is a Malay party. While that is correct, the reality is, out of 222 parliament seats, more than 100 are Malay majority while more than two-thirds are Malay and Bumiputera majority. It is therefore crucial that DAP downplays its ‘Chinese-ness’ if it wants to win more than just 40 or 45 seats in parliament.

That is the reason for DAP’s strategy of discarding its rocket logo and for their candidates to contest under PKR’s logo. They need to create the perception that DAP is not dominating the opposition pact or else that will put off the Malay voters. DAP themselves admit that the use of PKR’s logo to contest GE14 is meant to win more Malay votes.

As usual, DAP is going to end up winning more seats than the other members of the opposition pact and that would mean DAP gets to dictate who becomes Prime Minister. While Dr Wan Azizah Ismail may be PKR’s President, the largest number of parliament seats would be won by DAP and not PKR. So DAP will call the shots as to who becomes Prime Minister and it will not be Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Opposition pact makes strange bedfellows 

Salleh Said Keruak

The opposition pact of Anwar Ibrahim, Dr Wan Azizah Ismail and Lim Kit Siang, with Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, makes strange bedfellows. When at one time they were bent on destroying one another, even political expediency is no excuse for them to work together. 

Worse still is when they offer lame excuses to explain and justify their pact. At one time Anwar, Wan Azizah and Kit Siang opposed Mahathir on the excuse they need to save Malaysia. Now they unite with Mahathir on that same excuse of saving Malaysia.

We must not forget that in 1993 Kit Siang condemned Anwar and demanded his resignation and even accused him of lying to Parliament. Then he works with Anwar. Then Kit Siang said if the opposition comes to power they will make Mahathir pay for his crimes. And now he works with Mahathir.

This is clear evidence that the opposition pact is merely a marriage of convenience with each party having their own agenda. This is not about the interest of the nation but about the pursuit of political power. The opposition pact will not last and if they come to power the nation will suffer. This is the reality of the opposition pact.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Is the opposition pact losing sight of purpose?

Salleh Said Keruak

It appears that the opposition pact's main purpose in GE14 is in fielding candidates in either sure-win constituencies or in defeating certain targetted candidates from Barisan Nasional. The opposition is treating GE14 like a popularity contest to see which side's candidate is more popular.

The purpose of general elections is to choose the better government or the best government for the country. General elections are not contests between egos and to see who wins the personality contests. It is about who can better-run the country and the future of Malaysia.

The opposition pact is sending the wrong message to Malaysians. Challenging so-and-so to contest in a certain constituency to prove he is 'anak jantan' is not what democratic elections is all about. This is not a boxing match to prove who is 'lagi gagah dan berani'. What happened to the concept of service to the rakyat?

Sunday, April 15, 2018

It is now time for reflection

Salleh Said Keruak

GE14 will be upon us in about three weeks' time after five years of campaigning. Yes, that is how long the election campaign has lasted: five years. That is because the opposition pact started the campaign for GE14 the day after GE13.

Barisan Nasional focuses more on running the country than on attacking the other side of the political divide like what the opposition pact does. We cannot main politik every single day of our lives. There comes a time when we need to do some work.

It is now time for Malaysians to reflect what the government has achieved in the last five years. Barisan Nasional is a people-centric government. And we know the people are the boss and the people will judge us at the ballot box. And that is why we always have the peoples' welfare at heart.

So judge Barisan Nasional on our performance and not on empty rhetoric. Making false and unachievable promises is easy. Delivering them is not so easy. But Barisan Nasional delivers what it promises, as our track record shows.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

A sign Pakatan is going to lose GE14  

Salleh Said Keruak

Just before the 2013 General Election, the Pakatan Rakyat leaders went all over the country saying that Barisan Nasional was going to cheat to win the election. After the election, they said that the lights went out due to a power failure in certain places while the votes were being counted, extra ballot boxes were brought in to certain places, tens of thousands of phantom voters were flown in from Bangladesh, and so on.

All this was later proven false. Even the Bangladesh Embassy denied that tens of thousands of its nationals were flown in to vote in Malaysia, which would require more than 100 chartered planes. And the places where they said the lights went out confirmed that they never experienced any power failure plus the opposition workers in the places where they said extra ballot boxes were brought in denied that incident.

This was merely a pre-emptive strike on the part of Pakatan. They knew they would not win GE13 so before the election they ‘predicted’ they would lose due to fraud and after the election they raised all sorts of allegations of fraud to explain why they lost. Now they are doing it again. Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said in his blog today that Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak is going to cheat in GE14 on 9 May 2018 so that when they lose the election they can save face by blaming it on fraud like they did in 2013.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Mahathir's Plan B is to deny BN a two-thirds win

Salleh Said Keruak

Lim Guan Eng alleged that the date of GE14 is aimed at reducing the voter turnout on 9th May 2018. By now Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has accepted the fact that Pakatan Harapan is going to suffer not only defeat in GE14 but a drubbing as well. Umno and Barisan Nasional are poised to make Mahathir and Pakatan eat humble pie. And Mahathir is fully aware of this.

The best Mahathir can hope for is that Barisan Nasional will not win a two-thirds majority but a simple majority of about 60% of the seats in Parliament. Mahathir would then spin this as Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak's 'failure'. The issue would be not that BN won the election but that they failed to win two-thirds.

Mahathir is going all out to try to deny BN a two-thirds win in GE14 since Pakatan is going to be defeated. Mahathir hopes this can then be presented as Najib's failure so that he can instigate Umno to oust Najib. Mahathir tells Pakatan they need to save Malaysia by ousting Umno and then he tells Umno they need to oust Najib to save Umno.