Aftermath of the Malaysian XII General Election

The results of the XII general elections are out. Perak, Selangor, Kedah, and Penang are now oppositions’ [Pakatan Rakyat as they call themselves] territories. Never could AND would I expect 4 states in Malaysia fell into the hands of the opposition parties. The defeat was due to the denial of two-thirds of majority by the people who lost their faith and belief in the ruling coalition’s administration and leadership. It was also because of the bread-and-butter issues, such as the impending fuel hikes worldwide.
Let me start off with the party that is being led by former deputy prime minister, Dato‘ Seri Anwar Ibrahim. He wants to avenge the coalition goverment for sacking him from ministerial post almost 10 years ago. He goes by the word that is being uttered by his supporters and even former US of A vice-president, Al Gore during his visit for APECsummit 10 years ago, ”REFORMASI!” He wanted his wife and his daughter to win parliamentary seats for Permatang Pauh and Lembah Pantai respectively. For instance, Dato’ Seri Shahrizat Jalil lost her Lembah Pantai parliamentary seat to ex-DPM’s daughter, Nurul Izzah Anwar. Voters in that constituency voted for Nurul Izzah just because of her beauty. While his wife, Wan Azizah defeated coalition candidate, Pirdaus, an ex-imam for the NationalMosque in KL. Selangor will now have a new state goverment led by ex-PNB[Permodalan Nasional Berhad] CEO, Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim, who won the Ijok state seat. So, those who are travelling through the highway within the state will enjoy lower [in this case, ‘reduced and reverted’] toll rates either on PLUS or other open-system highways. That’s the 1st thing he will do. Other manifestos by this party is to provide free education and abolishment of aku janji.
Next, the ‘rocket’. Penang is now led by the party’s sec-gen, Lim Guan Eng, who will be the state’s chief minister. Finally, the green-and-moon party. Now, that Kedah and Perak are its new territories, it will do what it did in Kelantan. Billboards, especially featuring girls will have to be converted to the ones with burqas. Perak’s favourite icon, such as the MCKK[Malay College of Kuala Kangsar] will lose its charm. While Kedah will have its nickname ‘Malaysia’s Rice Bowl’ stripped and since this year is Visit Kedah Year [VKY], the tourists visiting the state will have to wear their attires decently. And, since Islam is the party’s theme, it will post Quranic verses on everything ranging from water bills to others. Its manifesto for this election is to become a charitable state. It was also a dream come true for this secular party to rule both states.

After over a half century of independence, is this what the people can AND will expect from oppositions’ rule in 4 states? Will the historic May 13th, 1969 racial clashes repeat itself? Surely, the coalition’s project such as the NCER [Northern Region Economic Region] will be conducted by the coalition for the time being in three states until the next general election. But, PM Pak Lah says : I shall [NOT I will] soldier on with my move to promote Islam Hadhari to three states currently under the green-and-moon rule. Surely, the coalition can AND will wrest all 5 opposition-led states including its overdue battle for Kelantan in the next general elections. Next time [I DO mean election], don’t give oppositions a chance to (re)rule the states and the country. While PM’s call to vote for his coalition went unheeded, I’m sure that is about and is going to change sometime.

For instance, Kelantan, my birth state. Being born 10 years before the green-and-moon rule, it enjoyed tremendous development [I can’t recall what the developments in the state were] under coalition. But, with the opposition ruling the state for the fifth time in a row, do expect another indevelopment for this state. The would-be Kelantan MB under coalition, ex-TNB CEO, Datuk Awang Adek Hussin has lost his task of recapturing Kelantan from the opposition. If Kelantan were to be reruled by the coalition under him right now, Kelantan would have its projects such as 2nd bridge in Palekbang and the inland port in Kuala Krai resumed. For the time being, only 2 seats in the state were recaptured by the coalition. Tan Sri Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah or known by his pun Cool Lee was pronounced the MP for Gua Musang. Unlike its neighbouring state, Terengganu, which was brought back by coalition in two last elections [including this election], it enjoyed more development compared to Terengganu’s dark years under the opposition’s rule between 1999 and 2004. With the theme ‘Islam Hadhari, Terengganu Bestari’, it has created millions of job opportunites in the state without having to migrate elsewhere. I am sure that the same will go in Kelantan, Insya-Allah[God willing] if AND when the coalition is voted back into power in the state with the theme “Islam Hadhari, Kelantan Mithali”. Are Kelantanese singing to the same old tune? Do they NOT want to see their state [AND mine as well] progress for the next four years or so?

Finally, I would like to say that it is the people’s [voter’s] fault of voting against coalition’s leadership. Just because the opposition’s strongest attraction ever like a magnet in this year’s election to me doesn’t mean the central coalition government does not want to help the people. Like it or not, we have to accept the fact that parts of Malaysia are now opposition parties’ territory. But, be assured, the police will continue to monitor the peace and stability in 5 states from unwanted incidents. But the opposition will still make up stories on police’s integrity in their election campaign. We shall [NOT We will] wait and see if the situation improves after the next general election.

Aftermath of the Malaysian XII General Election

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