Thursday, March 13, 2008

From Prisoner to Prime Minister

'From Prisoner to Prime Minister'
KB Gan | Mar 12, 08 5:25pm

Some analysts have said that the election results may herald the beginning of a two-party system. A new era of Malaysian politics may have begun.

It's clear that race-based parties are on the way out. A coalition of race-based parties does not work when one party has dominance over the others. The Chinese and Indians shunning of MCA, MIC and Gerakan in the polls have sent a strong message to BN to that effect. Each race fighting for rights and privileges under a race based system does nothing for national unity. The nation loses its competitiveness.

If DAP, PKR and PAS can rule the states under them credibly over next five years, the next general elections will be a tough one for BN. Using the same strategy, the opposition may be able to win enough seats to collectively form the federal government. It will no longer be about denying BN a 2/3rd majority but toppling them.

Pak Lah can help here with his weak and ineffective rule which promises more scandals and corruption. With the hated son-in-law having the PM's ear, Umno will be wrecked with internal factions. PKR will grow in strength. The Internet will loosen the mainstream media's grip on information even further.

More young and well informed voters who demand accountability will join the electorate. The native parties in Sarawak and Sabah owe no political allegiance to Umno and may just as well switch sides depending on the prevailing wind

As early as the next general elections, BN could be toppled and Anwar would be prime minister. With affirmative action cancelled, the country can then move forward rather than being held back with racial policies. Instead of a continual brain drain of the brightest and best, Malaysians overseas will come back to build the new Malaysia. It's an exciting prospect.

(who is calling me? Oh, Malaysian overseas you mentioned. Yeah, of course I would go back if the prospect is promising. Who would rather contribute to other country instead of own country?)

Of course, this future will not happen if the opposition parties fall to bickering and PAS spouts its religious extremism again. A strong and capable leader can unite the disparage parties and hold them together. It can only be Anwar.

'From Prisoner to Prime Minister’. One day a headline will read.


Anonymous said...

basically if u think that PAS is an extremist..think again..have u been to Kelantan?? and really see how they rule the state..people(the 3 races) over there live in peace.there were never any issues between races or abolishments of temples over not backing up any1 here..i'm a chindian that were born and bred in Malaysia and learning to understand lotsa issue regarding..race,religions and mentalities of people.
though i voted for PKR..but then i would like to rephrase..that PAS may be look like an extremist,but i feel the tolerance is still there...please to hear ur reply soon.. :)

Pink Leo said...

2 dhaima: Thanks for your worthy feedback. First of all, I DON'T think PAS is extremist. If I do think think PAS is extremist, why would I recommend others to read 'Alamak! PAS?' from SotongZai? (click here instead of condemning it, right?

If you are deriving this idea from this post, that's the whole article I copied from website, and my comment of this post is what I've bold 'Malaysians overseas will come back to build the new Malaysia. It's an exciting prospect.'

Sorry if this article give you an impression that I thought PAS is an extremist. :p But thanks for giving me a chance to clarify that.

If you have time to read my past posts, you will see that I NEVER say PAS is extremist, and the reason is simple, because I don't think so.

Thank you! (Man, I love this kind of discussion, si be syok!)

Pink Leo said...

2 dhaima:Btw, I been to Kelantan before. I would like to visit Kelantan if I have the chance. :D