BALLS—yesterday they were missing in the Land Below The Wind. The Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition almost achieved a clean sweep of the state seats in the 12th general election. I braved the rain to perform my duty at the polling station. But it was not meant to be—there were simply not enough of us with balls.
Some of my West Malaysian friends have asked me why we Sabahans had no balls. Well, I can't speak for all of us. However, let me say that having balls did us no good in the past. There was once when Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) pulled out of the BN, but won the election with a slim majority. The following weeks saw many elected jokers selling themselves to the BN. In the end, BN regained the majority, and with it took control of Sabah once again. It ended PBS's 9-year rule of the state. It was only years later that the PBS was readmitted into BN. It was a very severe punishment by the BN.
Within the next few weeks from now, of course some people will be going on fishing expeditions. If some unseen forces can "convince" some of those elected people in the opposition camp to join BN, then BN might just be able to regain the 2/3 majority in Parliament. Needless to say, it will cost millions to "convince" these people, but what is a few millions to BN, right? And if necessary, they can always make use of the RM100 million meant for Dr Faiz's ride into space. We know that everyone has his price, so crazy things might just happen.
FIVE states lost to the opposition—a few weeks ago, that's something quite unthinkable, really! Not that I am very surprised by Samy's fate in Sungai Siput; but what about Dr Koh and Sharizat? I am sure everyone was very happy with Samy's performance—his fight for the Indian community all these years. But in the end, I guess his people pitied him and wanted him to rest. And what better way to do it on his birthday?
It is something to win against the BN; but it's quite another thing to win big!
And so Pak Lah suddenly finds himself walking on thin ice which is melting very fast as we approach the heat of summer. All eyes are on him, and there will be some difficult questions to answer during the party elections around midyear. Not that the official website which was set up to send in praises for the Prime Minister can be of much use then. Neither can the impeccable self-assessment report cards for the performance of the Government.
It is interesting to note that when some of those hotshot VIPs were interviewed immediately after the election results were out, they said that they will have to analyse why the voters voted opposition. They said that they're shocked by the results; that as far as they were concerned, they had very strong grassroot support. Well, I guess that means their source of information was questionable, huh? It is terrible and dangerous when you are surrounded by too many "yes-men".
So what happens now? Well, to start with, the opposition could start working on keeping their election promises. And of course the BN will try very, very hard not to let that happen. If the opposition can somehow keep their promises, I think we can safely say that the BN will fall one after another like dominoes in the next general election.
I think no one is particularly keen to be in Pak Lah's shoes right now.