NAIB PRESIDEN UMNO DATUK SERI AHMAD ZAHID HAMIDI MENCABAR DAP SUPAYA KELUAR DARIPADA PAKATAN RAKYAT UNTUK MENGHADAPI PILIHAN RAYA UMUM KE-13 NANTI.
Beliau berkata dengan bertanding atas “tiket sendiri” tanpa ada apa-apa pakatan dengan PKR dan PAS, ia dapat menguji sejauh mana kekuatan serta pengaruh DAP dalam meraih sokongan rakyat.
“Kalau berani berbuat demikian, barulah parti DAP boleh dikatakan sebagai ‘anak jantan’,” katanya kepada pemberita selepas menyampaikan komputer riba ’1Malaysia’ kepada 2,876 pelajar sekolah menengah dalam Parlimen Bagan Datoh, semalam.
Beliau berkata demikian bagi mengulas kenyataan Setiausaha Agung DAP Lim Guan Eng yang mengumumkan DAP tidak akan bersetuju untuk mengadakan pilihan raya umum di negeri-negeri diperintah Pakatan Rakyat jika kerajaan pusat mengadakan pilihan raya umum tahun ini.
Ahmad Zahid, yang juga Menteri Pertahanan, berkata kenyataan DAP itu lebih bersifat politik yang sengaja ditimbulkan semata-mata untuk mencari publisiti murahan.
Cabaran Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi supaya DAP keluar dari Pakatan Rakyat untuk bertanding pilihan raya atas tiket sendiri telah menjadi bahan ketawa di kalangan umum.
Ketua Penerangan PAS Perak Khalil Idham Lim dalam blognya hari ini menulis bahawa beliau melihat Naib Presiden UMNO itu sudah hilang pertimbangan akal yang waras dan bercakap “merapu” apabila meminta DAP meninggalkan Pakatan untuk menguji kekuatan serta pengaruhnya dalam meraih sokongan rakyat.
“Zahid nampaknya sudah terlalu cerdik, dan saya cadangkan kecerdikannya itu digunakan untuk UMNO, iaitu keluar dari BN kalau dia berani.
“Apa lagi kekuatan yang ada pada BN dan UMNO sendiri adalah kekuatan yang sangat rapuh kerana bergantung kepada penyalahgunaan kuasa terhadap kementerian, jabatan dan agensi tertentu,” katanya mengulas kenyataan Zahid.
Zahid membuat kenyataannya untuk mengulas cadangan Setiausaha Agung DAP Lim Guan Eng kepada pucuk pimpinan Pakatan Rakyat supaya kesemua negeri Pakatan tidak membubarkan Dewan Undangan Negeri masing-masing jika pilihan raya umum diadakan tahun ini.
Khalil Idham yakin kenyataan Zahid membuktikan BN sudah kehilangan arah dalam usahanya mencari sokongan rakyat.
“Kenapakah jauh sangat Zahid mencabar DAP untuk keluar dari Pakatan dan apa pula istemewanya jadi `anak jantan’ kalau keluar dari Pakatan seperti yang dikatakannya. Hakikat sebenarnya UMNO lah yang sekian lama `pondan’ disebabkan tidak berani keluar dari BN,” tambahnya.
Beberapa blog tempatan serta komentar pembaca mereka juga menyifatkan cabaran Zahid terhadap DAP sebagai satu jenaka, tidak masuk akal dan kurang cerdik, di samping memberi cadangan balas supaya UMNO yang keluar dari BN untuk membuktikan ia “anak jantan”.
Dua hari lalu, Zahid menyatakan DAP merancang meletakkan calon Melayu bertanding di beberapa negeri dalam PRU akan datang, terutamanya bagi bertanding kerusi DUN di Perak, Melaka dan Negeri Sembilan.
Ramai juga yang terpinga-pinga dengan kenyataannya kerana memang diketahui umum usaha DAP untuk meletakkan calon-calon yang mewakili semua kaum, termasuk Melayu, yang telah dianggap oleh Zahid seperti satu bentuk konspirasi.
Blogger Aspan Alias yang juga pemerhati politik veteran berpendapat saranan Zahid itu hanya setakat menakut-nakutkan orang Melayu supaya tidak menyokong DAP.
“Kenyataan Zahid itu merupakan kenyataan yang biasa kita dengar di kalangan pemimpin BN yang sudah begitu ‘paranoid’ dengan kemajuan yang dicapai oleh parti-parti pembangkang yang dahulunya di cemuh-cemuh oleh pihak kita sebagai parti yang tidak baik bagi rakyat dan negara,” katanya dalam blognya.
Beliau juga mengingatkan Zahid supaya tidak terlalu ghairah menyerang DAP kerana “jika orang Melayu tidak menyokong UMNO …(dan) …tidak menyokong DAP, mereka akan menyokong PAS dan PKR”.
Aspan menjelaskan ramai orang Melayu berpendapat mereka tidak boleh lagi menyokong UMNO semata-mata untuk menyokong serta tidak sanggup bersabar melihat pimpinan UMNO menyelewengkan wang rakyat.
“Sikap menyokong membabi buta sudah berlalu,” tambah beliau. – Roketkini.com
So divided are the views on Modi that a reported reference by Anna Hazare praising the Gujarat CM for his developmental efforts almost resulted in a split in the Lokpal movement, with liberals like Mallika Sarabhai seeking to distance themselves from Hazare. In the eyes of liberal India – or what Modi bhakts would call psuedo-secular India – giving NaMo a clean chit is like endorsing the Ku Klux Klan or wanting to bring back apartheid to South Africa.
Singh – who’s completed seven years as PM – is the antithesis of the Gujarat CM. While Modi is widely seen as the quintessential ‘strong man’ of Indian politics – a spiritual clone of Sardar Patel, no less, as Modifiers proudly proclaim – the PM is equally widely perceived to be a decent but essentially weak and ineffectual individual, tied to Sonia Gandhi’s apron strings. While Modi has demonstrated the formidable grassroots support he enjoys in his own state, if nowhere else, by his triumphal re-election after the Gujarat riots, Singh is a Congress appointee who has never proved his political clout in an election.
Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim recently revealed that “feelers” were sent out to him in 2004 to rejoin UMNO, from which he was sacked in 1998, and if he had agreed his life would be much less mired in controversy than now.
“I’m seen to be a threat. What else? Say I retire tomorrow; do you think they would proceed with all this? Say I retired in 2004 after my release (from prison), that was the only time feelers were sent to me, whether I could re-join Umno. Do you think we would have this now? ” – Malaysiakini
What if Anwar had given up on his ideals, ran away from his problems and re-joined UMNO, which was then led by Abdullah Badawi? What would the scenario be like for the Malaysia today?
Looking back to his ABIM days, it barely took Anwar 11 years to attain the post of Deputy Prime Minister after joining UMNO. If he did re-join UMNO in 2004, it would have taken him lesser time still to be the current DPM.
What would have become of Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin? What are the chances that Najib Razak would be the Prime Minister today?
Of course, former premeir Mahathir Mohamad would have cursed at such a possibility, and his son Mukhriz might not have been made deputy minister. But UMNO Youth Chief Khairy Jamaluddin would be snugly holding onto to a ministerial portfolio now and playing an important part in Malaysian politics.
Sabah and Sarawak would still remain as safe deposits too and DAP wouldn’t have made any significant advances in its struggle.
Altantuya would still be alive and 1 Malaysia a strange word
Anwar would have weaved his magic wand, and UMNO would have been under his thumb. If Anwar had joined UMNO back in 2004, would he have become Chief Minister of Penang, while working his way up the ladder again? Would he have been Foreign Minister in place of Anifah Aman?
Azzizah, his wife would be a housewife again instead of a warring Opposition chief. Lembah Pantai would have continued being an UMNO stronghold. PKR would have dissolved. Tian Chua would probably have been in the DAP, and not fighting for his MP status today. Zaid Ibrahim would still be a Minister in the BN cabinet.
Altantuya Shaariibuu would still be alive, and her kid would have been a 4-year old toddler. Razak Baginda would have been RM500 million poorer. PI Bala would still be a Private Investigator. RPK wouldn’t be having such a good time in UK.
With Anwar’s forte in economics and finance, Malaysia would have gone on to be a powerhouse in Asia. Also Malaysians would be more united. Anwar would have seen to it, that everyone irrespective of race and religion, would have a piece of the economic pie. And much of the illicit outflow of RM888 billion of national wealth could have been averted.
Nobody would know of APCO and 1Malaysia would have been a strange word.
Also, with Anwar back in UMNO, Musa Hassan would have retired much earlier along with Gani Patail. Syed Hamid Albar would still have lost the UMNO veep race and Hishamuddin would probably still be in his current post as Home Minister.
Malaysia would be a much better place to live, and the people enjoying a better quality of life. There would be no Sodomy 2 mistrial. Saiful would have been a pilot today instead of being infamous for the wrong reasons.
Shazryl and Mahathir would still be marvelling at their crooked bridge instead of scheming sex plots. Mahathir would have been a well respected past leader, retiring in peace like Lee Kuan Yew without having to continue his struggle.
Corruption too would have been somewhat curtailed, as Anwar known for his graft-free ways, would not stand by and allow daylight robbery to continue unabated.
No Perkasa or Pembela
There would be no race and racial conflicts affecting the peace and harmony of this nation. All the controversies would not have come about, as UMNO would not perceive the Opposition as a credible threat.
Perkasa would not have existed, and Ibrahim Ali would still be with PAS working his magic to oppose UMNO. Pembela would be out of a job and not have an excuse to demonstrate as UMNO and BN would be in total control of the nation.
Without any threat to their existence, it would be business as usual for BN. MCA, Gerakan and MIC would still have a strong representation in Parliament. Chua Soi Lek wouldn’t have been MCA president even though he would still be caught with his pants down. Koh Tsu Koon and Samy Vellu would still have faded into oblivion.
UMNO wouldn’t have to woo PAS. UMNO would have left PAS alone instead of continuing to condemn them as Radical Talibans. Ummi wouldn’t call Nik Aziz a skull capped communist or try to slander Anwar. UMNO wouldn’t have to continue affirming their loyalty to the Malays in this country or to beg for their support.
DAP and PAS would not have united, and would be squabbling with each other over an Islamic State, while Perkasa and Pembela would watch with genuine interest. Perak, Selangor and Penang would still be under BN. Nizar Jamaluddin would have been a nobody.
Neither would there be a ‘most-hated woman in Malaysia’ in Jelapang and Lim Guan Eng would not have become Chief Minister. Khir Toyo would keep his job and be busy with the extensive renovations to his Bali palace.
No one will know that humans can turn into frogs
A better choice?
But it is because Anwar stood by his decision to remain in the Opposition, and loyal to PKR which had stood by him during his dark years, that Malaysia’s fate took on another parallel in the time warp.
Each day that passes, BN’s desperation can be seen more clearly as Anwar and Pakatan continue to score direct hits at enemy targets. Seemingly invincible to the time bombs set by BN exploding around him, Anwar continues to taunt his former colleagues mercilessly.
Like a veteran General, expert in the art of warfare, Anwar is inflicting deep wounds in the armour of BN. Never before as now, UMNO is at risk of disintegration unable to fend off the invisible arrows armed to the heart with Tomahawk missile microchips.
If Anwar had made that fateful decision to re-join UMNO, his actions would have touched the lives of so many in this country, and he would have also rewritten the history of this nation.
But then again for us, Malaysians, we would have missed the chance to taste the sweetness of a true democracy, which is now within our grasp as promised to us by Anwar and his Pakatan Rakyat team.
And probably Malaysia Chronicle wouldn’t have existed. And I would have taken up the offer as press secretary to one of the UMNO’s strongmen. But no regrets, I am thankful that Anwar chose wisely. After evaluating the pros and cons, I still prefer the Anwar of PKR than that of UMNO.
Both in terms of the political parties they respectively belong to, and in the public personas they project, Narendra Modi and Manmohan Singh could be said to be the North and the South poles of Indian politics. The Gujarat CM is arguably by far the most controversial politician in India: people either hate him or they love him; no one is indifferent to him. Among his many admirers he enjoys a devotional status generally accorded to miracle-working godmen. He is hailed as NaMo, the redoubtable champion of Gujarati asmita, jeopardised since the sacking of the Somnath temple by Mahmud Ghazni in 1024, and the dynamic architect of the Vibrant Gujarat global meets which have reportedly generated investment pledges to the tune of R 15 lakh crore.