Spotted on Facebook: a warning by the Election Commission (EC) not to pick one’s nose with a finger that’s been dipped in indelible ink and a photo of a smudged nostril.
We’re not sure if this was a genuine EC directive, but why worry? With allegations that the ink was not indelible, the nostril just needs a quick wash and a wipe to return it to pristine condition. The same goes with the finger.
Whether or not it’s true that the ink was not indelible, don’t expect the EC to say anything about it. It does not appear to think the re-delineation exercise – some call it gerrymandering – was a problem. So why should it investigate this and another allegation, made by Bersih’s Maria Chin, about a sudden increase in the number of voters in the closing minutes of last Saturday’s voting in Sarawak?
There is nothing the ordinary rakyat can do about the alleged cash handouts or about all kinds of promises that some people see as bribery. These include the promise to build a super-duper highway, which has been in the pipeline for decades despite the billions of ringgit in oil income.
But the rakyat can console themselves with the thought that there is one thing they can do. They can punish the Opposition for ineptness. The Sarawak state election was a good slap in the face for the opposition parties, and they deserved it.
Everyone knows, especially BN, that cash is king. Even in its wildest dreams, the Opposition will never see RM2.6 billion dropping in its lap.
There are two other things we know: the ineffectiveness of the Opposition and the confusing attitude of Selangor Mentri Besar Azmin Ali, who is the Deputy President of PKR.
When Azmin was pressed to explain the bickering between PKR and DAP, he said the past was past and the two parties should learn from their mistakes and move on.
How many elections will he need to fritter away before he learns his lesson? Did he and PKR learn nothing from GE13 or from the 2011 Sarawak election?
If that was not bad enough, Azmin also said the opposition coalition should, in readiness for GE14, invite PAS to rejoin it. Is he really for a strong and effective opposition movement, or is he, as some have alleged, someone whose Umno-Baru DNA is so strong that it cannot be repressed?
With Abdul Hadi Awang at PAS’ helm, the same misogyny, backstabbing, U-turning and double talking will damn Azmin’s proposed coalition. Hadi used his trump cards of hudud, the female factor and other emotive issues to scupper Pakatan Rakyat.
Is Azmin another Trojan horse in the opposition coalition? PAS and Umno-Baru have a wishy washy pact to form a unity government.
Is Azmin in on the act, and does he want a ménage à trois with them?
The bottom line is that the Opposition has failed the rakyat.
Mariam Mokhtar is an FMT columnist
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