Sunday, April 18, 2010


It’s sundown at midday after nominations on April 17 for the Hulu Selangor by-election on 25th April, the Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), looking the likely winner even if it had lost its quest and is becoming a rubble. The party crumpled what remained of its bearings by parading its wunderman, Datuk Zaid Ibrahim, through Kuala Kubu Bharu looking like this

The serious business of choosing a parliamentary representative for the larger-than-Malacca constituency is now a comedy.

Hulu Selangor had been ravaged by over-construction in the failed attempt to create another Klang Valley in Selangor. It badly needed a committed person for the people to place their faith in.

In the picture above is Datuk Zaid Ibrahim, former de facto Law Minister in a crazier-than-fiction outfit to resemble a Chinese culture hero, Justice Pau.

The legend was aired over the TV in Malaysia from immediately after Abdullah Ahmad Badawi assumed the premiership in Oct. 2003, with someone declaring through advertising spaces in Chinese newspapers that the former regime was “corrupt to the core.”

Whatever is the motive of the hilarity in Kuala Kubu Bharu on April 17, Zaid, who had left Umno and joined the PKR, is being cut down to size from immediately after the nominations were closed.

By what looked like a freakish storm following the sundown, he was struck as having a drinking problem, a man of questionable moral values who approved gambling and may own a racehorse or two.

On the same night, Anwar Ibrahim, the maverick head-starter of the bash at the Indonesian Reformasi in Malaysia, said Zaid admitted he had been fond of drinks in his younger days. Zaid was also said to have been found guilty of vote-buying when he was in Umno.

Anwar drew an audience of less than 500 in Kerling on the night of April 17, after nominations. He should have attracted not less than 5,000.

Hardly any Chinese (other than newsmen and photographers) were in the audience on the field beside the Kerling Hindu temple.

In Kerling is a string of Chinese New Villages that run right to the hot-spring of the little villages that had once been a Red Area.

While most of the speakers last night were PKR and DAP Indians, the number of Indians in the audience was less than 30.

Anwar had drawn only a little more that 300 in Serendah, it was reported and the PKR drew only about 400 in Asam Kumbang New Village, Kuala Kubu Bharu on 15 April.

What’s going on is simple to grasp. The party that had shaken the Barisan Nasional in the 8th March 2008 general-elections has lost sense of its quest and is crumbling from the top down.

The PKR is not much more than Anwar’s vehicle to grab federal power, which he tried to do before September 16, 2008 and failed, the party appearing like it is quashed on the canvas as a result and senselessly muttering ‘Reformasi, Reformasi’, but for what?

Now, in the hilarity of its joyous mood to walk into Kuala Kubu Bharu and in Hulu Selangor as the champion of the recent past, the PKR cannot escape looking like it is punch-drunk to have dressed and dolled-up Zaid Ibrahim in the Chinese opera costume with the loose beard hanging down like its the curtain.

What's the suggestion then?

The suggestion is to restructure form and content because the quest for Reformasi has long been dead and what the Pakatan had been lugging was a cause to free Anwar from prison and since, to keep him from going back in.

That would be at least a mite different from Reformasi or Doi Moi.

And it should be the likes of Dr. Syed Hussin Ali or Dr.Xavier Jeyakumar at the lead for a chance at a two-party system and for Proportional Representation (PR).

What about the Barisan Nasional (BN)?

It has been behaving like in a circus act over the selection of its candidate but now its candidate, P. Kamalanathan, MIC Information Chief, will win on April 25 where the BN had lost in 2008 by only 198 votes. The ruling coalition secured all three state seats in the constituency. –a. ghani ismail, 18 April, 2010.


Adil4All said...

The 'Ceramah Umum' in Kerling was actually a historical event because never in more than 50 years, a political party beside BN was given the platform to address national and local issues to the public.

I would say that this will be the shifting point of people in Kerling to vote against BN.

One of the reasons of why Anwar didn't attract crowd that night was due to the fact that UMNO youngsters or should I say gangsters had blocked the access to the field.

They then provoked those that wanted to attend the 'Ceramah Umum' site. Moreover, there was also a 'Ceramah Umum' nearby just within 50 meters of the field where Anwar addressed the public.

Few hours before the 'Ceramah Umum', during the day, UMNO supporters had flanked and secured the field with BN flags and banners to deceive the public.

For those that received the message on the event in Kerling would have thought that there's miscommunication because all they would see was BN's flags and banners instead of PLR & PR's flasgs and banners.

One thing for sure, even-though his speech didn't attract thousands of crowds like he used to in Klang Valley or other areas, his loud voice had penetrated the hard-core UMNO supporters' houses within 100 - 200 meters in radius.

The impact can be seen the next day, when I left Kerling on Sunday where there are PKR flags along the road of the Indian estate workers in which there were none at all before DSAI speech.

Feel free to browse your pix which I've uploaded to my FB. :-

a. ghani ismail said...

Thank you for your comment. I was there at Kerling and I have to say the kids jeered but did not stop anyone from entering the padang.

They were a nuisance and should be condemned if not for the fact some Pakatan rowdies had thrown stones at BN members in KKB during nominations earlier in the day.

I am aware you wish me to say the Umno ceramah was tiny. That is normal in the elections. I have attended an Umno ceramah with only four in the audience as a Minister spoke.

Fact is, Anwar is not drawing the crowd like he did before. I see the charisma is almost exhausted.