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THE SILENT CONCERNED MAJORITY IN MALAYSIA : THEY ARE THE ONES SENDING THE SHIVERS DOWN UMNO’S SPINE

It’s the numbers……you keep hearing!

Even the police appear to be scrambling to revise their estimate as to the numbers present at the People’s Uprising Rally or Himpunan Kebangkitan Rakyat.

Why the numbers?

Well, essentially it will contradict the spin spun by UMNO bloggers that the people have spurned the politics of the People’s Alliance.

They had said, “Look at their rally at the KL Stadium not too long ago where they could not even fill up half of the 25,000 capacity stadium.”

That may be so because it was a political rally.

But look at the People’s Rally on 112 i.e. January 12 People’s Rally.

It was spine chilling……as far as the UMNO warlords were concerned!

Not only were the political party members present, there were also the NGOs, grandfathers, grandmothers, fathers, mothers and (some) children. There were the office workers, factory workers……you name them, they were there.

And in economic jargon, can you imagine the multiplier effect this rally has had on the nation?

Most Malaysians do not participate in this kind of rally BUT for such numbers to do so indicates the kind of concern Malaysians have on the way UMNO has run the country to date.

And what about those silent concerned majority who have not participated?

Their concern does not diminish with non-attendance.

In fact, their determination to ensure change and reforms do occur becomes more pressing.

This is because we are now seeing the UMNO led Barisan Nasional (BN) government is now trying to lure the votes of the people by using taxpayers’ money.

This indicates the unwillingness of the warlords to cede their positions and power.

Why do you think Najib is having such a tough time to finalise his candidates’ list for the coming General Elections?

You cannot blame the warlords’ resistance against him – because they consider Najib equally tainted – a case of ‘pot calling the kettle black’?

The taint applies to the UMNO led BN government.

Yet, it is not a foregone conclusion that Pakatan Rakyat will prevail this time round in taking over Putrajaya.

This is due to the profoundly skewed non-proportional representation found in the state and parliamentary states in the country….thanks to the Election Commission.

This is their last line of defence in ensuring UMNO’s survival as the political masters of Malaysia.

However, like they say, Rome was not built in a day.

The process to remove UMNO started in the 1999 General Elections, shortly after the crude sacking and physical abuse of Anwar Ibrahim. In that GE, BN lost the state of Terengganu besides failing to regain Kelantan.

The 2004 General Elections was a landslide for BN as the people were prepared to give UMNO one more chance with the retirement of Mahathir.

However, Pak Lah failed miserably and the 2008 General Elections reflected the people’s verdict of the UMNO led BN, which lost its two thirds majority in addition to the states of Penang, Selangor, Kedah and Perak (Kelantan was retained by PAS under Tok Guru Nik Aziz).

Pakatan Rakyat has now proven to the Rakyat that they can indeed run the country efficiently as evidenced in the abovementioned states under their administration consistent with each state’s culture and sentiments – with them garnering the largest percentage of investments including foreign direct investments.

The electoral structure is the next to be revamped fundamentally – that has resulted in the Bersih rallies that have been met with stinging resistance from the UMNO establishment.

But change is inevitable.

And a two party state will be the way to go moving forward – a check and balance system of democracy.


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