(Samy Vellu’s right hand man – G. Palanivel, the MIC man who is likely to stand for BN in Hulu Selangor. Image source: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com)
I attended a “Valaikappu” function for a distant cousin who is an expectant mother last week
I was not involved in the actual function at the relative’s house (after all it is an all-ladies event) but being the unofficial driver at home, I agreed to drive my mom and wife for shopping of the items to be presented to the young Mom for the function. Then in the evening, drove them and one of my Aunties to the house. When reached the house compound, I saw the guys were all sitting under a tent on the outside (signs of things getting boring for the guys inside the house) whilst all the ladies were inside the house with the young mom taking the centre stage.
Thankfully some of the guys who were “waiting’ on the outside were known to me – uncles and cousins. So, things were not as boring as I had expected it to be. The up-coming by-election was one of the topics that we talked about as we waited for the ceremony inside the house to end and dinner can start. Having one of my uncles, who is also an active MIC member, made the topic on the by-election even more interesting (considering the rest of us are Pakatan supporters).
Dinner started rather late but we were not hungry as the conversations outside the house got more interesting (probably due to the fact that one of my cousins brought in crates of beer on the side). My pro-MIC uncle was confident that a MIC politician will be standing for the elections and was even more confident that MIC (and BN) will win the seat. He said that the support to Pakatan has been reducing ever since Najib took over from Mr Slumber and given the recent “changes” that Najib had brought in, things are looking up for BN.
Whilst the rest of us (who are anti-MIC) detest the thought of MIC winning the by-election (for the obvious reasons), we could not ignore that the steps that Najib have taken to consolidate his position. He been promoting on his 1Malaysia concept rather heavily and found many new believers (although the pro-Pakatan supporters still waiting on the fence to see where this concept will lead to) and recently came out with NEM which may turn out to be a killer policy for Najib.
Things has not been looking too rosy for Pakatan either – not when there has been major attacks within Pakatan from the ex-PKR men like Zulkifli Noordin and Zahrain Hashim who maximise the muddling of Pakatan image before leaving the party to be independent MPs. After a long delay and inaction, PKR finally took action against these two but by then, the damage has been done. The good thing is these two characters left the party and provided the party to do a real opportunity to do spring cleaning and ensure only quality people are around to represent the people.
Hulu Selangor may turn out to be litmus test on the people’s confidence on Najib and to his policies. If that happens, Pakatan need to relook into how they can sustain the people’s confidence on them and is able to retain if not win more seats to bring in real change.
Hulu Selangor by-election is scheduled on 25 April 2010 – there is not much time left for Pakatan to get their act up.
Hulu Selangor, Test Case for the Bigger Picture