Manik Urai came and gone.
When I wrote about the impossible possibility of the result of the by-election my friend Bernard Khoo of Zorro Unmasked poked fun at my predictions.You can read his condescending article here.
Well, as good as it gets, Manik Urai went the way I predicted.PAS almost fall flat on its face winning only by inches this so-called impregnable fortress which my friend thought was just my wild imagination.Below is a paragraph from the article I wrote.
'UMNO has a good chance of narrowing the majority gap or even wrestle the seat from PAS if they work hard enough.Most of their losses in past by-elections were due to loss of confidence,demoralisation, bad planning and poor strategy'
You can read the full story here.
With only 65 votes difference and over 100 spoiled votes, UMNO took the loss with a bold face.There were no ruckus or fracas, UMNO took it in its stride, accept the loss in a gentlemanly manner.
Flip the coin and imagine it was PAS in UMNO's shoes and with 65 inches between them you can bet your bottom dollar the whole Pakatan mob will descend on Manik Urai and scream for countless recounts.Cheating, vote buying, phantom voters and every word in the hocus-pocus dictionary would be the call of the clarion, Pakatan's standard allegation against the BN government in every elections and if they lose going to the streets is standard procedure.
The politicising of the death of Teoh Beng Hock is another Pakatan ways of demonising the government and the Prime Minister. A Royal Commission will put to rest any speculation on Teoh's death.
I believe the PM will allow and announce the formation of a Royal Commission.It is good for the people, the government, the nation and the Prime Minister himself.
On a lighter mood, why is former Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi telling us this? He has plenty of time to do it in his first full term and the right time because he has more than two-thirds majority in Parliament at that time.
ECLIPSE OF THE SUN
Malaysians can watch partial eclipse of the Sun tomorrow 22 July around 9-10 a.m.
|Duration||398 s (6 min 38.8 s)|
|Max. width of band||258.4 km|
On 24 October 1995 I watched a total solar eclipse at a small village called Matunggong at Kudat in Sabah.With a few friends we stayed at a friend's farm overnight to watch the eclipse next day.
Below is a solar eclipse viewer which we used to view the eclipse.
Do not view a solar eclipse with your naked eyes.
There is still no sign of the effect of the proxigean spring tide.Probabaly a lull before a storm.Things might change with tomorrow's eclipse of the sun.