The Barisan Nasional must not go overboard in its campaign of intimidation against the opposition.
Selena Tay, FMT
Those in power can be said to be bullying the rakyat and the opposition Pakatan Rakyat one way or other.
First and foremost is the bullying of the rakyat by Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak in regard to the date of the 13th general election. Not too long ago he has strongly hinted that the polls will be held in November, but only recently he has said, “Let them speculate. I like them to speculate.”
This is a very irresponsible conduct coming from the leader of the nation. Not sticking to the November date shows that he is afraid of losing.
Just as Barisan Nasional has said the Selangor Pakatan-led state government is afraid of losing when the latter announced that it would not be holding the state polls this year, the same yardstick can also be applied to the BN.
Perhaps Najib wants to have the election next year so that he can regain Selangor at one go.
It must be noted, too, that he has said guessing the election date is a national past-time.
“In the first place, the election date is definitely not a game and should not have been made into a game. Therefore it is time to put a stop to it. This has gone on long enough,” said M Manogaran, DAP MP for Teluk Intan.
Another form of bullying from the powers-that-be is the refusal to clean up the electoral rolls. Instead, the citizens who took to the streets to ask for clean and fair elections have been set upon, attacked and beaten up.
The constant bombardment of one-sided propaganda promoting BN, which includes biased reporting against Pakatan through the mainstream media to keep voters in the dark, can also be considered a form of bullying, with the intention of creating captive minds for easy manipulation.
The harassment of NGOs, civil society activists and individuals connected with whistleblowing on the powers-that-be is also bullying.
Pertaining to the bullying of the opposition, the DAP has become a punching bag for both Umno and MCA.
DAP has been accused of being anti-Malay and anti-Islam but, at the same time, is also accused of being supportive of the implemention of hudud law, with the exception of DAP stalwart, Karpal Singh.
Therefore, DAP is cornered from all sides with contradictory accusations. Not very intelligent but enough to fool the gullible.
DAP’s service centres in Penang have also been splashed with red paint recently and also earlier this year. So much for DAP.
As for Pakatan Rakyat leader Anwar Ibrahim, he has had to endure bullying punishment in the form of sex scandals and have had a shoe thrown at him in a mosque in Kedah earlier this month.
His Pakatan bus which is currently going on a tour in the Peninsula in an effort to meet the rakyat has been splashed with red paint more than once (thrice at this time of writing). Nails have also been strewn on the road to damage the bus tyres, not to mention hostile youths blocking the route.
Even Anwar’s safety cannot be guaranteed from malicious forces, what more the safety of the average ordinary citizens.
Earlier this year, too, Pakatan’s ceramahs have been set upon by rowdy youths. The cars of Pakatan leaders have also been damaged. The victims of the car damage include Anwar, PAS Bukit Gantang MP Nizar Jamaluddin, PAS Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad and a Malacca DAP state assemblyman.
Cars of DAP’s dinner guests in Kuching have also suffered damage to the windscreen this year. Fortunately a windscreen repair shop proprietor, who is also a DAP member, has offered to provide discounted repairs.