Zaid could be wrong, but the cracks in BN are showing
YOURSAY | ‘MO1 operates on only one assumption: in Malaysia a fool is born every minute.’
Anonymous #00830595: Not sure if the predictions by former minister Zaid Ibrahim hold water. All I can say is that on my WhatsApp group of a few hundred and also including many of my Muslim brothers, more are more angry with BN now than four years ago. Many have openly stated who is going to get their vote this time and it does not point to the ruling coalition. As they say, "You can fool some of the people some of the time but not all the people all the time”.
Zaid could be wrong still but the cracks are slowly but surely showing the weaknesses of the BN - and sadly after six decades of its rule, it has only itself to blame.
Raja Chulan: The Malays, Malays and the Malays are my three (3) reasons why Zaid's prediction of a Malay tsunami will not happen. It is hard to happen unless the Malays change their present feudalistic mindset; unhook themselves from the current form of religious indoctrination; and have confidence in themselves and learn to stand on their own two feet.
These things cannot happen in the Malays in the next few months before the general election (GE). In fact, it may take many years or even generations for the Malays to achieve what I have stated above. Umno knows this well and Umno has leveraged on this very well in order to remain in power all this while.
It will take the Malays, Malays and the Malays to change the course of the present state of Malaysia and I don't foresee it happening anytime soon. It is for these same reasons that many pundits and I too predict that the BN and Umno will win the next GE.
Anonymous S303: The Malay Tsunami is yet to come, and it will never come until they are asked to stand on their own feet with crutches removed. As it is now, it's drowning its own race, with overpowering representation in every other public institution.
Headhunter: I believe Zaid is right. My personal feeling on the ground is that things will definitely change. Malay friends whom I mix with used to be very defensive whenever our discussion centres on abuses by the BN government which they openly supported. Nowadays, they either keep quiet, make a joke out of it or are very critical of the government. Mind you, most of them were and are government officials.
Why was Adenan Satem so popular even though he was from the BN? It's the same type of reaction from people. Anyone who dares to stand up to the federal government is considered a hero nowadays.
KCW: Wrong, Zaid. The true reason why there won't be any change come this 14th general election is because the skewered alleged gerrymandering, the Election Commission which basically allegedly is supporting Umno, the postal votes, the early voters, the allegedly dirty electoral rolls, the alleged money bribes and corruption during election campaign, the heavily lopsided media coverage for BN.
With all these structural issues yet to be resolved, even with a 60 percent voters swing, Umno will still win. Period.
Mechi: The end is near for Umno. My friends feel that this BN government's business model is not sustainable and the time is ripe to kick their stubborn asses. There is so much resentment among all races and the government is doing nothing sincerely to tackle corruption.
Name one top leader charged with corruption. It is always Lim Guan Eng, one ex-Umno outcast or a peon or driver, who land in hot water. The kampong and Felda folks have had enough and the Internet tells the truth, unlike the mainstream media.
Hornbill: Zaid's prediction will be fulfilled if the number of three-cornered or more contests is kept to the barest minimum. The potential spoiler is likely to be PAS who can't seem to be able to work with any of the opposition parties except Bersatu. It's still in the grey area of being an Umno supporter or not. Its president Abdul Hadi Awang seems to support Umno wholeheartedly but lower down the line, they're not sure.
Anyway, it's good to be optimistic as the majority of us are fed up with the present regime.
Gotcha: Governments in all other countries have changed and are performing far better than previous governments. Just look at Indonesia, India, Thailand, Myanmar and the Philippines to name a few which are far better off than us today. Malaysians must prepare themselves for a change to progress further with new leadership. We just want a clean and corruption-free government.
Meow: Malay tsunami? I doubt it. Once Najib Abdul Razak brings in religion, it will change the Malays’ minds within a second.
Victor Johan: During all the GEs to date, especially in 2008 and 2013, Umno as a political party contested in more than half of the parliamentary (222) and state seats (more than 500). The rest of the BN component parties contested the rest of the seats. DAP candidates contested in about 50 parliamentary seats against mostly MCA, MIC, Gerakan, PPP and the others from BN components in Sabah and Sarawak.
In the coming GE14, the current opposition parties of PKR, Bersatu, Amanah, PSM and opposition parties in Sabah and Sarawak will contest in the other about 170 seats. In GE14, the majority parties that will contest against Umno are Bersatu, PKR and Amanah.
PAS, in their disguise as an opposition party, will play a splitter role in supporting Umno candidates and thus PAS should be made irrelevant when the people's desire is to defeat Umno-BN in the coming GE14. Najib may be showing his desperation, as he's fearful that a new Pakatan Harapan and Bersatu government would be elected soon. We, the people, should win this time.
Jonah 2: But Zaid, you must agree that Felda settlers seemingly are acting like buffoons. Malaysian Official 1 (MO1) operates on only one assumption that has never failed him - in Malaysia a fool is born every minute.
Just look at the crowd that supported red-shirts leader Jamal Mohd Yunos and the Chinese voters in Sarawak who gave Adenan a two-thirds majority. Malaysia - a nation of cheapskates.
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