Bukits for PR, Batang for BN – What does it Mean?

The referendum is crystal clear that UMNO or BN is too corrupt to fool the people with the exception of Sarawakians. You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.

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Newly crowned PM Najib Razak, his deputy Muhyiddin Yassin, his three knights Vice Presidents (cousin Hishammuddin Hussein, Zahid Hamidi and Shafie Apdal) and his mentor Mahathir Mohamad must be scratching their heads till now on what went wrong with their strategies. It was a great relieve *yippee!!!* that the opposition PR (Pakatan Rakyat) retains their seats at Bukit Gantang and Bukit Selambau. It was a greater relieve for BN to finally score their first victory since the 2008 General Election when it retains its Batang Ai seat, not that it could lose it in the first place considering the dirty tricks by transporting boxes of votes from 14 polling stations to tally center in Lubok Antu by helicopter without being accompanied by any agents or observers. Surely the Election Commission won’t cheat, would they?

Najib and Muhyiddin must have thought that by delegating the task of leading the three seats each to his new Vice Presidents the past nightmares of Kuala Terengganu and Permatang Pauh would not repeat. Furthermore Mahathir was attracting huge numbers of audience as if he was Justin Timberlake so the wind of change was blowing. Well, it didn’t work and the top team fresh from the UMNO oven didn’t manage to pull the rabbit out from the hat. It also prove once and for all that Mahathir’s “midas touch” has lost it’s shine although I’m sure his flip-flop about UMNO managed to swing a handful of veteran voters aligned to UMNO previously. Guess that Murphy Law has taken part in these by-elections as well. But the greatest compliment should goes to the hard-working supporters and volunteers from the still-mighty PKR-DAP-PAS coalition.