DAP, Pas, PKR
lost popular vote to BN
INCREDIBLY, some people are, 26 days on,
still mystified by May 5's aftermath but
here goes: Barisan Nasional triumphed
handsomely to indisputably re-constitute the
government after securing 133 parliamentary
seats, well above the required
first-past-the-post 112 but short of the
magic 148 to win by a super majority.
However, opposition disinformation is
pestering the electorate to presume that the
BN somehow lost on two counts -- unproven
fraud and the so-called "popular" vote
designed to coerce the BN to capitulate and
The DAP, in seizing a Chinese
tsunami-inspired 38 seats, is still no
closer to their leaders' lifetime fantasy of
co-ruling while Pas lost Kedah (and Perak,
if you need to be picky) and PKR their
overall 2008 gains although Kelantan and
Selangor were fortified as strangleholds.
Pas and PKR were stumped by an Umno
rejuvenated by Datuk Seri Najib Razak's
earnestness in picking up the post-2008
shattered pieces while Sarawak and Sabah BN
stoutly stood their ground despite the
massive ground assault.
BN's blot? The MIC outperformed expectations
but for the near-deaths of MCA and Gerakan,
scrambling now for salvation through a
speculatively inventive single multiracial
Putrajaya was a tantalising mirage when the
polls results knocked the wind out of the
defacto PKR leader's premiership fixation.
But it did not crush his dangerously fading
agenda of incessantly fibbing about a
"fraudulent" election -- a "monstrous" lie
as Dr Chandra Muzaffar indelicately put it,
or as we'd like to put it, the sorest loser.
The loathsome soiree between Anwar and the
dynastic duo of Lim Kit Siang and Lim Guan
Eng needed to save face and appease a
frustrated Chinese protectorate gifting them
the record 89 seats by concocting the
ridiculous disinformation campaign that the
opposition, morally, won by edging the BN on
the "popular" vote.
Nice try but wearied people have disavowed
the disinformation. Unruffled, the
opposition is determined not to lose its
perception war by resorting to massive
rallies, idiotic 100,000 police reports and
clumsy sedition -- overthrowing the
government within a year on the noisy
clamouring of a vicious street mob and its
contempt of established court practices to
hear election complaints.
The loose cannons spewing the allegedly
seditious "overthrow the government"
utterances have been deservedly arrested and
charged, Malaysia's rule of law decisively
at work despite the predictably lame
protests of political meddling, the ultimate
argument of people who have lost the plot.
Strangely, the ragtag opposition is
schizophrenic on the escalation of mob
marauding: Pas emphatically dismissed it,
key senior DAP and PKR leaders have
disassociated themselves from it but the
Lims are still two-faced about it, enjoying
their reign in Penang but buttressing anyway
Still, one cannot get over the engineering
to overthrow this democratically-elected
government that was fuelled by these
humdingers -- the logistically impossible
deployment of immigrant workers to vote
surreptitiously and the hindrance of
legitimate voters by certain oppositionists'
fascist thuggery of racial-profiling,
scapegoating and bodily harm.
Debunking the "popular vote" fairy tale will
be difficult: the gullibly belligerent
presuming that total votes counted (proper
description for the so-called "popular"
vote) split three ways, the highest to the
PKR, followed by DAP and Pas, can amount to
a singular but "mythical" united force. The
myth is cynically perpetuated on the
deceitful sloganeering of racism, corruption
and rigged polling, consistently rubbished
as fabrication but still eagerly consumed.
Eventually, the "popular" vote battle cry
was bound to sink on its hysteria: losing BN
Shah Alam candidate Zulkifli Noordin,
formerly of Anwar's legal team to fight his
sodomy charges, crunched intriguing numbers
that deflated the "popular" vote moralising.
Here's how Zulkifli clarified total votes
counted, starting from the biggest gainers:
Barisan: 5,237,699 or 46.53 per cent (133
seats); PKR: 2,254,328 or 20.03 per cent (30
seats); DAP: 1,736,267 or 15.42 per cent (38
seats); Pas: 1,633,389 or 14.51 per cent (21
seats); and, others: 192,904 or 1.71 per
cent (no seats).
Zulkifli argued that Anwar's claim that his
troika won the "popular" vote is "twisted
logic" on these aspects:
DAP-PKR-Pas axis contested on separate
symbols of rocket, eye and moon without a
unifying symbol like the BN's "dacing" and
further aggravated by its unregistered
status; and, the "incentuous" battles where
Pas and PKR fought each other but yet added
the sum total as part of Pakatan's "popular"
The conclusions from these numbers are
clear: Anwar's troika plus scattered
opposition votes were expediently counted as
a unified entity when the reality is that
the three conflicting parties merely put up
a good show, no matter how dubious.
Seen from this discrete prism, PKR, DAP and
Pas lost the so-called "popular" vote but
are maladroitly re-inventing the rules to
salvage their lost cause.
What is it then? A juvenile attempt at power
grabbing by sheer determination and
double-dealing. However, Anwar and the Lims
are too vengeful to spot the hypocrisy and
Friday , 31 May 2013