Tuesday, January 27, 2009

To Defect or Not To Defect?

Today is the second day of CNY (Tuesday, January 27) and I find myself LOL when I read that cocky Tajol Rosli, the ex-Perak MB was foolish (and daring also) to boast that UMNO is confident of wresting back the state from PR in the next elections. This rashly reckless statement reported in The Malaysian Insider (Source: Webpage http://www.themalaysianinsider.com.my/index.php/malaysia/16939-defection-prompts-tajol-to-quit-as-perak-umno-boss-soon, posted January 27, 2009) comes one day after The Star reported that Bota State Assemblyman Nasarudin Hashim is quitting UMNO to join PKR, bringing the total number of state seats held by the PR alliance in Perak to 32, versus BN’s 27. I don’t think I am wrong when I say that very many people share blogger Kamal Abdullah’s sentiment: “At last the first official UMNO defection has begun, and it is expected many more will follow” (Source: Blogpage http://kamal-talksmalaysia.blogspot.com/2009/01/umno-bota-state-assemblyman-defects-to.html, posted January 25, 2009). Najib has also been quoted as saying that UMNO and BN elected representatives should understand that the party had done a lot of good deeds for the people and the country (Source: NST Online, January 26, 2009) – Undeniably so, but they have also destroyed the rakyat’s faith in them when they embraced corruption, racism, religious bigotry, and cronyism. So, if these people believe they represent the rakyat, then they should quickly defect, hahahaha! In any case, I hope Kamal is right! I suspect the next defection won’t take too long either. But at the same time, I worry. The political intrigues will produce defections but not necessarily from UMNO only, and we are naive if we believe that defections will help the PR cause!

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