Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The Truth Is Out Why PKR Failed Hulu Selangor

Hantu Laut

I am not against change if there are better alternatives to chose from.I cannot foresee Pakatan Rakyat as the alternative to a better government.

I have never wavered in my stand when it comes to the strange alliance of PKR, DAP and PAS.They have so far managed to hide their incompatibility. How long more can they go hiding behind this wall of self-deception.It is only a matter of time before the fireworks implode sky high.

When things go wrong blame it on others. Intimidation,character assassination,Election Commission stooge of ruling party and so forth.Typical of Anwar's excuses when he fails.

His letter to supporters here.

The truth is out, why PKR lost the Hulu Selangor by-election.

So why did PKR lose in Hulu Selangor? — Syed Jaymal Zahiid

APRIL 26 — It was rather anticipated that Barisan Nasional would snatch the Hulu Selangor seat yesterday from right under Pakatan Rakyat’s (PR) nose and without giving too much credit to the former, two factors contributed to this somewhat predestined outcome.

First, the notoriously poor and inefficient machinery. The second is the candidate factor itself.

PKR’s Datuk Zaid Ibrahim lost to MIC information chief P. Kamalananthan by a 1,725-vote majority. The former law minister garnered 23,272 votes while his opponent, a public relations practitioner whose qualifications were subject to tactical scrutiny by Zaid and Co, bagged 24,997 votes.

Yes, there were strong intrinsic statistical factors that led to Zaid’s loss as reflected by past voting patterns. After all, the sizeable constituency of 64,500 eligible voters has been opposition-proof up until the unpopular Datuk G. Palanivel, a four-term incumbent, was dethroned in Election 2008.

But let us not allow this factor give PKR the convenience of an excuse.

In politics, no fight is impossible to win. Did the opposition not prove this axiom right when boasting of its unprecedented success in Election 2008?

In his short and simple tweet, Klang DAP MP Charles Santiago noted that Pakatan (what he intended to say is PKR, I presume) had lost out to its rivals in the machinery battle. Now exclude the “money” and the “intimidation” part, without devaluing its merits, the veracity of the Santiago’s concise assessment on Pakatan’s defeat hit the bull’s eye.

Anyone on the ground throughout PR’s eight-day campaigning trail would, without a doubt, concur.

PKR’s Hulu Selangor election machinery was phenomenally hopeless. It was frayed, uninspiring, shoddy. Too many “egos” were involved. To be straightforward without revealing too much, there were “three” egos involved.

Ground reports and observation showed PKR’s machinery was slow to move. Complaints were ever loud of how campaign materials arrived only after the third day of campaigning.

They lacked co-ordination. The string-pullers on the ground were too busy busting and nurturing their local image as low-level leaders and instead of co-operating, they engaged in a popularity contest among themselves. The PKR machinery was divided into many camps. This paralysed them.

And it is no exaggeration to say that PKR campaigners were arrogant. They refused to work hand in hand with their PAS and DAP counterparts. If there was any collaboration at all, it was half-baked. Read more..

1 comment:

Purple Haze said...

The writer conveniently downplays the 3Ms that the BN possess to their sizeable advantage - money, machinery and media control.

The truth is that the coalition of the Pakatan Rakyat do not have as much money as BN, have fewer resources to run the machinery as BN and certainly do not own the Malaysian media space.

As HL has pointed out in an earlier piece, there is much that BN has to be concerned about. The rakyat wants change but so far, it is more of the same.

Now, will Samy Vellu finally quit ? At least, that is a positive start of a change process.