you can't say the downfall and the break up of the Selangor Pakatan Rakyat government has nothing to do with BN.
BN engineered and executed it very very well. They exploited the water restructuring issue to create distrust among PKR leadership for Khalid. They used the Malay Bible issue to hold Khalid in ransom. They tendered and passed many UMNO cronies' highway projects to Khalid, make the party observers and public perceive that Pakatan Rakyat endorse such policies on tolled highways and eat their own words in one of the major GE manifesto promises. And then they thwarted Anwar's Kajang move to take damage control of such situation, by the masterstroke -- using judiciary to disqualify his candidacy. They can even make the pro-UMNO unity government faction of PAS work with them to further destabilise the PR coalition government.
Now, Khalid is gone, PR coalition government is in chaos. BN won, by landslide, the scale of 7-1 scoreline.
Personally, I want to apologise to Saifuddin for misinterpreting and blaming his tactic to "name and shame" Khalid in the groundbreaking press conference days ago.
After reading through the Star interview article, I finally can understand what the words mean by “忍辱負重” in chinese, that he took such a difficult job to point fingers at Khalid, his former colleague and comrade, and shouldered so muchblames for the sake of the party intergrity and principle. All the words I read, sound so honest from the bottom of his heart to me. (Even he admitted that the party has 'oversold' Khalid's positive image in the last GE). Saifuddin presented his arguments with straightforward facts and never twist and turn, mince words like the merchant writer called Nat Tan on Khalid's side.
For many detractors out there, if you can counter the facts in Saifuddin's account about Khalid's behaviour and his poor poor party discipline and betrayal, then only I can consider taking your views.
Otherwise, tell me, based on what reasons you can keep on supporting him to remain in the MB seat (until today)? It is so unbearable and untenable to see that happening to a MB i once had so much respect T T
Until that extent, the party had been giving him a gentleman way out, still Khalid was not grateful and refused to take that and admit his own problems.
Now he singlehandedly takes down the whole selangor state government with him (my dear hometown state) and takes away the hope for Ubah for the next general election (doesn't anyone still remember to Selamatkan Malaysia? and our nation will probably be bankrupt in 2019??).
It could be all just because of Khalid's own big EGO and his personality. Even if I also don't like Azmin Ali, Azmin never did something so severely undermining the party, and although he is ambitious he always play by the party rules book.
Khalid let me down and left me heartbroken, it is also equally heavy to see some of my friends disregarding his behaviour and his undoing to the Party, still keep supporting him.
Why do I feel like these words (in the picture above) could easily come from the mouth of Anwar Ibrahim?
It has been really awhile that Anwar and Pakatan Rakyat did not come out with fresh political ideas, even effort to recycle their best vision for the nation stated in the recent past. What is the follow up to the imagination of the Ketuanan Rakyat concept? Buku Jingga and PR manifesto cannot be just merely documents, but politicians should spread and sell the core PR ideas to the ground and implement them as policies in respective states they rule. Since 505 General Election, are PR politicians still actively engaging rakyat on political big pictures and party visions?
Yes, PR easily fall into the trap and is easily distracted by UMNO and BN dirty tactics to divert people's attention, and cannot effectively drive their political discourse and agenda to put pressure to BN to match (Granted, the mainstream media is controlled by BN). But, party eaders should still lead the line and help the PR team to score political goals, rather than passively defend the field.
I agree with Ambiga and many NGO leaders complaining about a (serious) lack of leadership from Pakatan Rakyat side after 505. PR seems rather defensive and sluggish, sometimes totally lost when comes to responding to ever rising and divisive race, religion and royal (3R) issues played by BN. Worse, Hudud overrules and overshadowed anti-GST movement, lost the best opportunity to pit BN to the ground and garner more support.
Do not complain about the mainstream media, even reading on Malaysiakini and TMI news websites I cannot feel and see the direction where PR is heading to.
I don't like a society emphasize on hierrachy or ranking. Often I heard people saying, "how dare him/her? what is his/her qualification to criticize me like that?"
Criticism should be taken open-hearted, if it is spot on and the critic got a point to make, it does not even matter what is his/her qualification. If he/she made a mistake, just reply and correct him/her, you don't need shut him/her up. If he/she is a hypocrite, even though the criticism analysis is correct, you can also point out the fact and highlight that, so that other people can also doubt someone's intention and can see him/her being double-standard. Let the rest be the judge, let reasons triumph prejudice.
In order to move forward and make more progress, we need to move away from the Good guy vs bad guy narrative of politics. National politics should be a form and a manifestation of democracy, in which we are all together contributing ideas and effort, working from the ground. We should not just wait for a good leader to lead, nor should we just wait every 5 year to cast 2 votes. Do anything, starting from your family, your friends and your community, better than doing nothing but just grumbling on facebook. Take part more in civil discussions about nation building
We must build our strong, professional and impartial institutions and political system, so that even when any politician we don't like come to power, they cannot do anything more than the stipulated framework, and they cannot simply just ignore the check and balance imposed on them. In that way, they cannot do more harm in their short tenure in office (if they make indeed truly unpopular move/decisions against majority will).
In democracy, we need to tolerate any politician we don't like, no matter he is Tony Abbott, David Cameron or George Bush. Yes, that's why free and fair election is utmost important agenda in the recent 8 years since the initiation of Bersih Movement -- if we really seriously believe in building the kind of institutions we would like to see.
There is no shortcut in politics and political movements. So when you have a hill to climb , then make damn sure you put in a lot more hard effort to achieve what you want. Be rational, be critical -- Remember also to reach out and talk to more people about politics and your views, then you will realise why some people see things differently, and how you missed out the big picture
If you want to make sure doctors won't cheat on you, you would carefully study about his diagnosis and independently analyse the illness you've got, right? Same thing also applies to politics. Be informed, be proactive, be the change yourself! Don't expect others to work for you, 'cause in the end you are the one benefited from the seed you sowed =)