Sunday, 25 March 2012

Pakatan Rakyat's Biggest Asset---> Shahrizat Jalil

Nomination for Dumbest Statement of the Week: "Keputusan mengekalkan Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil sebagai Ketua Pergerakan Wanita Umno tidak akan memberi ruang kepada pembangkang untuk mengeksploitasikan perpaduan anggota dalam Umno." (By Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal)

At present, this is the 900-pound monkey on Umno and BN's back - the continued presence of Shahrizat as Umno Wanita chief could possibly be enough for Pakatan Rakyat to hold onto Kelantan, Kedah and Selangor in the next General Elections. Is this insistence to allow her a so-called "honourable exit" be worth losing in these states again??

After their outstanding performance in the March 2008 GE - and the peak of their popularity during the Permatang Pauh by-election - things have been going downhill for Pakatan Rakyat. BN now has more than a fighting chance to win back all those states that it had lost. And this includes the once-invincible PAS stronghold of Kelantan. 

There is this interesting column by Joceline Tan in the Sunday Star today: Kelantan at the crossroads. This isn't 1990, 1999 or 2008 anymore. I was in Pasir Mas during all those elections, by the way, and those were years when the BN didn't have a bat's chance in hell in getting anywhere close to winning. But it will in 2012, for the people there are now willing to give the BN the chance again.

However, there is this `little' problem - the continued presence of Shahrizat. Her resignation as a minister isn't quite enough - as long as she remains as Wanita chief, Umno and the BN will definitely lose some precious votes. This matter concerning Shahrizat's family obtaining and misusing a RM250 million soft loan is and will be Pakatan's main point against the BN. 

To be sure, Pakatan will continue to harp on it even if Shahrizat were to resign as Wanita chief. However, Umno and BN could rightly say that "the perpetrator is no longer with us", and this is something acceptable to the voters. But if she's still around, both Umno and BN will be forced to continue defending the un-defendable and alienate many voters... maybe enough to allow Pakatan to hang on to these states.

Shahrizat is being unfair and unreasonable by hanging on to her post. To Umno and BN: Is this "honourable exit" for Shahrizat more important than the coalition's performance in the General Elections?


Anonymous said...

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Mat Cendana said...

chu chu bidih,
Silakan. Saya juga akan link di sini.

Dah lama tak buat post baru kat sini - sibuk dengan benda-benda lain. Nampaknya kena aktif kembali, Insyaallah.

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