Semenyih Defeat – They Don’t Love Najib, But They Hate The Arrogant & Incompetent Government More

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Mar 04 2019
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Flipping a loss of more than 9,000 votes to a gain of close to 2,000 votes is no easy task. That was what happened with the just concluded Semenyih by-election. And judging by the angry voices on social media weeks before the voting process could even begin, the defeat of Mahathir’s party, PPBM (Bersatu), is to be expected. Almost everyone wanted the party to be taught a lesson.


Opposition Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate from UMNO party, Zakaria Hanafi, scored his victory with a majority of 1,914 votes as he had obtained 19,780 votes, over Pakatan Harapan (PH) candidate from Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) Muhammad Aiman Zainali who won 17,866 votes. Independent candidate obtained 725 votes, while Parti Sosialis Malaysia’s (PSM) secured 847 votes.


Even if all the votes secured by the independent and PSM were to go to PPBM, Mahathir’s party will still be trashed. The results are indeed humiliating for Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, who went to the ground campaigning for his boy. He now cannot say the PH coalition lost Cameron Highlands by-election recently because the candidate was from Chinese-based DAP.

Semenyih by-Election - Pakatan Harapan Candidate Muhammad Aiman Zainali

The two losses – Cameron Highlands and Semenyih – means the voters had indiscriminately punished both DAP and PPBM, and even PKR in the coming Rantau by-election. Amusingly, like DAP, Mahathir’s party had started shooting its own foot before campaigning has even started – choosing the wrong candidate who could not only speak properly, but also with questionable CV.


Like the Cameron Highlands screw-up, the same contributing factors were repeated all over again in Semenyih. Exactly why Azmin Ali, Minister of Economic Affairs, childishly challenged former PM Najib Razak, a person with no shame, to go to Semenyih is beyond comprehension. And why did Mr. Azmin say the Malays in Semenyih aren’t the same as Malays in Cameron Highlands?


What did Azmin, and other PH leaders for that matter, expect to achieve by flogging a dead horse? Najib is no longer in power and has been slapped with over 42 charges. Yet, he is as free as a bird. Whose fault was it that the crook was given the special privilege of not having to wear orange lock-up suit? Which part of “overkill” that Azmin did not understand?

Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin with PM Mahathir Mohamad

Of course, the UMNO-PAS combo deliberately played race and religion issue to the extreme in Semenyih. But whose fault was it that they were allowed to spew hatred and stir up racial and religion sentiments among the Malay-Muslims that they have lost power to the “Chinese, Christians and Communists”? Did Minister of Home Affairs, Muhyiddin Yassin, lift a finger to contain the dangerous game in the first place?


Nope, instead of locking them up, Mr. Muhyiddin has chosen to sleep on the job, allowing the racists and extremists the free hand to do what they want. In order to transform his party PPBM to become UMNO 3.0, PM Mahathir happily welcomed seven more ex-UMNO MPs to join his party. Bootlicker Azmin had even claimed the 7 frogs will play a prominent role in pulling in grassroots support for PH.


Clearly, the Semenyih results have proven that the opposite is correct. Some of the Malays had swung their votes for the opposition in protest of PPBM’s (Bersatu) arrogance. PPBM can never become more Malay than the UMNO-Malays and certainly can never become more Islamic than the PAS-Muslims. Both UMNO and PAS are the undisputed champions in their own domains.

Azmin Ali and Mahathir Mohamad

Well, Mahathir’s incompetent Education Minister, Dr Maszlee Malik, had tried to make Bersatu more Islamic than PAS Islamist party when he gave his green light for the establishment of Indonesia Muhammadiyah University Prof Dr Hamka (Uhamka) to set up its first overseas campus in Malaysia, only to be condemned by the Sultanate of Johor.


The toxic infighting among the component parties in Pakatan had seen campaign machinery, especially that of Mahathir’s own party – underperforming. Besides being a new party, the sudden windfall of being in the government has seen many of Bersatu’s leaders, most of them migrants from UMNO, fighting for positions, contracts and titles instead of going to the ground helping.


Yes, instead of listening to the grouses of the people, most of PH leaders, previously extremely approachable as opposition, have become invincible and out-of-touch as they hide in a comfort zone and air-conditioned office. That’s why a crook like Najib, was welcomed like a celebrity because thanks to marketing gimmick, he skillfully pretended to be a very approachable and a humble man.

Anwar Ibrahim and Mahathir Mohamad

Adding salt to the injury, there’s no agreeable date for PM-in-waiting Anwar Ibrahim to take over the leadership, leading to conspiracy theories, backstabbing and plenty of rumours about the plots of overthrowing the Mahathir government. Such vacuum has seen even Azmin Ali, once loyalist of Anwar, beginning to backstab his former boss and apple polish the 93-year-old Mahathir.


But race and religion were not the only cards used by BN leaders successfully. The less than sterling economic conditions was used with ease to convince the Semenyih voters, especially the ethnic Malays who have always been behind the more hardworking Chinese community, that the Mahathir administration had done nothing to improve their welfare.


While PH could blame the BN regime before the last May General Election on bread and butter issue, they certainly cannot point the finger now that they control both the Selangor state government as well as the federal government. Mahathir administration can blame external factors, or even Soros, but the fact remains that despite the abolishment of GST, the cost of living remains high – and gets worse.

Najib Razak - Laughing - GST Collection RM51 Billion

Actually, not only the Malays feel that the food hasn’t gotten cheaper, the Chinese too feel the inflation hasn’t gotten better. It could be due to excessive profiteering by greedy business owners, suppliers or manufacturers. However, the ordinary middle-income folks could not see how SST is any better than GST. Perhaps both the ministers and enforcement officers have been sleeping on the job.


When people find it tough putting food on the table, naturally they were not interested in arguments that SST formula shows goods should be cheaper than during GST. Nor were they agreeable that petrol prices are tied to global oil prices or that highway tolls cannot be removed overnight. Therefore, snake oil salesman Najib had little trouble running down the government.


As the working class struggles with the  weakening buying power of the Ringgit, suddenly the new government bulldozed a new law to make life more difficult for smokers – banning smoking in all restaurants, coffeeshops and hawker centres nationwide. While smoking is bad for your health, does the PH government know that the working class formed the majority of the 5-million smokers?

Bread and Butter

There’s a reason why Najib, as opposition, could swing thousands of votes in favour of BN by trumpeting on bread and butter issues and unfulfilled promises. It was absolutely silly for PH to repeatedly blame Najib’s thievery when the problem hitting the people is the cost of living. After all, it was Mahathir who said last December that corruption has become part of Malay culture.


Hence, despite the fact Najib had stolen billions of dollars, the majority of Malays in Semenyih were not ashamed of rubbing shoulders with the crook. Najib successfully runs his “Apa Malu Bossku” campaign because those Malays couldn’t care less about corruption or money laundering since 90% of taxes is paid by the Chinese, giving a false impression that the money stolen was not theirs.


What has the Economic Affairs Minister, Azmin Ali, done so far to excite the country’s economy? To make ends meet, Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng was forced to squeeze every penny from the people by hunting tax evaders, big sharks or anchovies. Amazingly, the very rich and corrupt UMNO warlords were not being investigated on their ill-gotten wealth.

Economic Affairs Minister Azmin and Finance Minister Lim

Mahathir’s famous excuse as to why promises made in the 14th General Election Manifesto were not fulfilled was the national debt of RM1 trillion. Yet, at the same time, he has thrown tantrums when his national car project 3.0 was being questioned. He blames his protégé-turned-nemesis Najib for the debts. Yet, the judiciary and the authorities have been dragging their feet in sending the crook to prison.


From “frogs recruiting” to “fake degree” to “flying cars”, Mahathir government has been pressing all the wrong buttons. The fact that leaders with fake degree are being protected like endangered species, instead of getting punished, goes to show the lack of quality leaders within the premier’s own party. It was quite shameful that Johor Chief Minister Osman Sapian was dishonest about his education credential.


Nope, the Semenyih voters, as did Cameron Highlands’ voters, did not vote for BN because they love the crooked Najib Razak. But they voted for BN because the PH is so screwed-up and arrogant, not to mention out of touch with the struggling working class, so much so that Mr. Najib looked like Justin Timberlake. They were protest votes. Perhaps it’s time Mahathir fires all incompetent ministers.

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this is a vote of protest from the people where rule of law are yet to be seen for those war lords and corruption king JIBBY. make sure its done and you can see people support for PH again.

A good piece of write up and read . FT covers all that needs to be said BUT there is still one more that needs to be acknowledge. Is Mahatir and Anwar both a good leader for the coming change that Malaysia needs to forge ahead. Both have played their deserving role and their contributions in shaping the changes are almost to the limit. Recycling the old school of thoughts to mold up a new dynamic Malaysian are just a recipe for conflicts. It is not disrespectful or arrogance of stupidity to ask both Mahatir and Anwar to side step and just see and advise if it is sought by the young professionals in their administration of this country. The mere fact that this two leaders are so reluctant to let go their holding of the Premiership and yet not able to flow with the expectations of the time constant fast changes where demands are beyond their comprehension in the world political landscape. A relook on what they have in mind and all their actions do tells a lot of the capabilities and abilities not just that they are incompetent but they are not insync with the current times. Malaysia urgently needs the right person for the job. The country woes will not be resloved if we are still stucked and held in ranson to cultural , race and religious maneuvering. We shall forever be sucked in to deal with mundane objectives and fire fighting to placate a population that goes no where.

Malays take their cue in politics from non-Malays.

They always take a position diametrically opposed to non-Malays.

Since non-Malays support PH, Malays support Umno and PAS.

Malays think that PH could not be good for them since non-Malays support it.

Mahathir came to power with non-Malay support and also Malay Gen Y votes.

He should focus on those who supported him.

Instead, he’s trying to woo the Malays by favouring them. This has upset the non-Malays and caused him CH and Semenyih.

Mahathir did a u-turn on the ratification of ICERD.

He has so far refused to recognise UEC despite promising to do so.

If he continues at this rate, non-Malay support will slip away from Bersatu, PKR and Amanah. These three parties will be demolished by Umno and PAS in Rantau.

In PH, only DAP will eventually be left standing.

If Mahathir wants to force Malays to support Bersatu, he has to take a leaf from the ISA era, and deregister Umno and PAS.

PAS is unlawful since it took money stolen from 1MDB.

Umno was unlawful on 19 April 2018 when it failed to hold party elections as per its Constitution.

Also, it received money stolen from 1MDB.

Umno president Najib himself stole the money.

Malays don’t care about the 1MDB Scandal and corruption. They think it’s not their money. Besides, they think that Najib shared the loot with them. They believe that, sooner or later, they will also get a turn at plundering the public treasury through inflated gov’t contracts which they can sell to the MCA Chinaman for quick money.

As Mahathir has pointed out, Malays are shameless creatures, besides being lazy.

No one can escape the karmic forces since we are making them.

Having said that, karmic forces will exhaust themselves sooner or later.

The state of rotten politics will continue as long as the Federal gov’t is not bankrupt.

When the Federal gov’t goes bankrupt, the international community has to come in, and the rotten politics have to end.

Enter the IMF, World Bank, the UN Secretary General’s Office, the UN Security Council, other UN bodies, India, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, UK, US, and Canada.

Bottom line – Cari makan, economy, earning to support family, the rest are nothing for common man….

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