15-Day Countdown to 13GE Polling Day – 13GE: A battle between the future as represented by PR and the past as represented by BN

The 13th General Elections has shaped up to be a historic battle for Malaysia at the crossroads.

It is a battle between the future as represented by Pakatan Rakyat and the past as represented by Barisan Nasional.

All DAP leaders, members and supporters are relieved that today’s Nomination Day went off smoothly as far as the DAP’s Rocket symbol is concerned, with 51 DAP parliamentary and 103 State Assembly candidates filing their nomination papers and being permitted to use the Rocket symbol during the 13GE polling day on May 5.

The crisis over the use of the Rocket symbol which erupted less than 48 hours before Nomination Day, which completely derailed the DAP’s final preparations for the 13GE in the last 48 hours to Nomination Day, should not have happened at all.

Clearly, political forces were at work behind the Registrar of Societies’ letter refusing to recognise the DAP Central Executive Committee after the CEC had been elected for close to four months and over a complaint which had never been communicated to the DAP, whether internally by the so-called complainants or by the Registrar of Societies himself.

Be that as it may, there is always a silver lining to every crisis.

The crisis over the use of Rocket in the 13GE has highlighted the unity, cohesion and solidarity of Pakatan Rakyat five years after its formation.

The immediate willingness of PAS and PKR to allow DAP to use the PAS party symbol in Peninsular Malaysia and the PKR symbol in Sabah and Sarawak is a powerful testimony of the increasing political commitment, bond and will which have developed in the past five years among the DAP, PAS and PKR leaders to bring about far-reaching political changes on the basis of the Common Policy Framework and united political agendas announced by PR from time to time.

This is why, within 24 hours of the Rocket symbol crisis, PAS Secretary-General Mustapha Ali had signed and delivered the authorisation letters for the use of all DAP parliamentary and state assembly candidates in Peninsular Malaysia to use the PAS logo and the PKR President Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail signed and delivered the authorisation letters for the use of DAP parliamentary and state assembly candidates in Sabah and Sarawak to use the PKR logo.

This is a powerful rebuttal to the allegation that DAP, PKR and PAS do not want to register Pakatan Rakyat as a legal entity because we do not want to have a common symbol to be used in the general elections.

In actual fact, Pakatan Rakyat had been trying for more than three years to register the coalition as a legal entity and it is the Registrar of Societies, probably at the behest of its politial masters, who have been putting obstacles in the way of the registration of Pakatan Rakyat.

The Rocket symbol crisis in the 13GE is the best proof that PR parties want to have a common symbol.

In fact, the great unity, cohesion and solidarity shown by DAP, PAS and PKR in the Rocket symbol crisis shows that the day when the three parties can contest in elections in Malaysia, whether in general election or by-election, using a common symbol is close at hand.

With the nomination obstacles behind us, we must focus on what the 13GE is all about, the issues and principles which must take foremost priority in the battle for the hearts and minds of the 13.3 million Malaysian voters.

The great battle of the 13GE is the battle between the future as represented by PR and the past as represented by BN.

The BN candidate for Gelang Patah, Datuk Ghani Othman is the longest-serving Mentri Besar of Johor – 18 years spanning four-terms.

I give him credit for the development and progress he has brought to Johor in his 18 years as Mentri Besar.

However, there can be no doubt that not only Johor but the whole of Malaysia is capable of even greater development and progress in the past 56 years if the human and natural resources in the country had been allowed to develop to their full potential.

A vote for BN in the 13GE on May 5 is a vote for the continuation for the policies of the past, which is limited and unable to exploit the full potentials available in the country, because of the practices of corruption, cronyism, injustices and downright bad governance.

Pakatan Rakyat does not promise “more of the same as in the past” as is being done by BN but a totally new vision for Malaysia, where the people of Johor and Malaysia start anew by eradicating the abuses, injustices, corruption and cronyism which have held back both Johor and Malaysia from the greatness they are capable of.

In the 15-day 13GE campaign, I will spell out why the 13GE is a battle between the future as represented by Pakatan Rakyat against the past as represented by Barisan Nasional.

  1. #1 by yhsiew on Saturday, 20 April 2013 - 8:04 pm

    ///Clearly, political forces were at work behind the Registrar of Societies’ letter refusing to recognise the DAP Central Executive Committee…///

    BN is a stumbling block to democratization in attempts to stop the people from choosing the political party that they like. Najib’s big talk about Malaysia being one of the best democracies in the world is all nonsense.

  2. #2 by boh-liao on Saturday, 20 April 2013 - 8:45 pm

    What KIND of COALITION is dis?
    PKR n PAS candidates fighting n killing each other 自相残杀 benefiting Umno candidate
    Also, DAP members fighting n killing each other 自相残杀
    Selfish n brain dead
    Even AhCheatKor n UmnoB gave way 2 Perkosa tai kor 2 compete against PAS, 1 on 1
    Regarding Ghani O, cukup lah, dah big fat wealth, time 2 b terminated

    Just wonder, after 505, among those PR candidates successfully elected by rakyat/voters, HOW MANY will CROSS over 2 d dark side n bcome instant billionaires?

    Funny, voters do hv d Midas touch 点 PR candidate 成金

  3. #3 by boh-liao on Saturday, 20 April 2013 - 8:49 pm

    Will there b more unexpected surprises fr RoS (if not LohSiMah), EC, n a bunch of other lap dog agencies of UmnoB/BN?

    • #4 by kg on Sunday, 21 April 2013 - 10:16 am

      I think the best is yet to come. Whatever it is, let’s do our best to help PR winning Putra Jaya.

  4. #5 by Loh on Saturday, 20 April 2013 - 8:53 pm

    ///The incumbent MB cries foul at DAP’s attempts to woo Chinese voters as he says the ‘Johor way’ is for all races to back BN.///–Malaysiakini

    The race-based party members dares to accuse others of telling how Malaysian citizens have been discriminated is itself shameful. If UMNO is not racist, why all its policies and implementations are based on race? The UMNO racist policies are not created out of love for the race, since some can hardly be classed as belong to one race, anthropologically speaking, the racist policies are created to divide the people so that UMNO can return to power based on race. But the people of the race which UMNO claims to represent are convinced that their interest lies in getting UMNO into the opposition.

  5. #6 by yhsiew on Saturday, 20 April 2013 - 10:07 pm

    Seven independent candidates are from DAP. Wonder if they are paid by BN to contest?

  6. #7 by ENDANGERED HORNBILL on Saturday, 20 April 2013 - 11:14 pm

    Shah Alam and Pasir Mas have actually de-facto contestants like this:

    Pasir Mas is actually an unholy trinity Mahathir-Najib-Ibrahim Ali for Perkasa-UMNO-BN against Pakatan Rakyat-PAS.

    Shah Alam is constituted by the unholy trinity of Mahathir-Najib-Zulkifli Nordin against Pakatan Rakyat-PAS.

    Nice to watch Mahathir-Najib-Perkasa meet their Waterloos…..flushed down the loos.

  7. #8 by Noble House on Sunday, 21 April 2013 - 2:40 am

    With the Rocket episode over for now, it’s time to focus on the bigger issue and that is, to win the election. Kit has taken on arguably the biggest challenge of any opposition candidate as well as the toughest battle of his political career. Johor is not only the strongholds of Umno but traditionally its most redoubtable fort. It takes a courageous man to do that! The Gelang Patah constituency includes the prestigious Iskandar Development Region, which you can be sure UMNO/BN will fight tooth and nail to keep. Everything, including the kitchen sink, will be thrown to ensure it doesn’t fall into opposition hands.

    This is a do or die mission in Gelang Patah. If Kit failed to wrest the seat, his next best hope will be for Pakatan to nail Putrajaya. If not, considering his age, it could spell the end of his political career. But I believe the hearts and minds of the voters are with him and this is where his forte lies. May the force be with you!

  8. #9 by chengho on Sunday, 21 April 2013 - 3:47 am

    BN for the future , Pakatan will bring you back to the past era

  9. #10 by Bigjoe on Sunday, 21 April 2013 - 8:23 am

    Malaysia especially the Malays have a pain-in-the-behind called Mahathir and it comes with a whole group of people who don’t care we have that pain and even add to it if they still can..

    As each of us struggle to move forward and run as fast as we can, that pain-in-the-behind and those around them just keep dragging us all..

    Does it make sense to keep that pain-in-the-behind and those that come with it, or do we just take the necessary medicine and move on?

    • #11 by kg on Sunday, 21 April 2013 - 10:28 am

      As each Malaysian struggle to move forward and run as fast as we can in the race of survival, this pain-in-the-ar**ho** not only drag us all, but forcing us all to pull and cart them along.

      fu**ing hell!

  10. #12 by Winston on Sunday, 21 April 2013 - 9:49 am

    The main promulgator of the so-called Malay rights is himself an Indian.
    The fact that he seemed to “fight” for their rights is an act of illusion.
    While on the surface, it seemed that way, but in fact, he has been creating a gravy train for himself and his cronies.
    We all know that everything during his long reign and even till now, this policy is still part and parcel of the devils’ party.
    Now that their crimes have caught up with them, they will sell their mothers just to cover their backsides!!
    But Malaysians of all races know that the crimes must stop, if not, they will be the ones to pay for the corruption, scams and scandals of the devils!
    For generations to come!!

  11. #13 by john on Sunday, 21 April 2013 - 11:01 am

    The battle has began, let’s bring it to their (Dumno’s) stronghold, seemingly “fix deposits” constituencies -be it state or parliament.
    What these CROOKS (MaMak, C4 and Machai-bn)
    did, committed All and each Wrongdoings in past-present are in records, for all to review again, judge again, “to ‘pui-pui’ on their faces “.
    In short, they cannot cannot run, hide, hoodwink, sandiwara, spin, twist, distort, play dumb, or play ‘ ah nei-nei ‘ to cover-up, diversion like MaMak Kutty’s tactics anymore again.
    BRING IT ALL UP as their testimonials and records that Dumno has only for them to campaign on actually – all other “Satu ini -Satu sana” , transformasuk,,,,,etc semua nya BOHONG kuat-kuat, All BIG LIES and PORDAH !!!
    Do a Factsheet, Listing,,, itemised them,,,,,, Altantuya, Scorpene, TBH, Cowgate, Petron, Syabas, TAIB, DIAM, PLUS, Petronas, Maika, KRIS, Cow head event, etc.
    ALL to the front, otherwise some smartalec will say ” RAKYAT Mudah / Sudah LUPA ! ”
    For the “naive” Rakyat where these CROOKS always will hoodwink list it all down in simple words – to be spread by words of mouth , like fire,,,spreading throughout length-breadth East-West M’sia.
    Dumno-MaMak,C4/bn ALL cannot hide from their WRONGDOINGS in the past-present now !!!
    ON May 5th, 2013 the RAKYAT will vote ” A B U ” !

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