Friday, June 8, 2012

Let there be a stronger political tsunami in the next election to cause the fall of BN.

Speech by M Kula Segaran, DAP National Vice Chairman and MP for Ipoh Barat at DAP Chemor Ceramah held on Thursday, June 7, 2012

Let there be a stronger political tsunami in the next election to cause the fall of BN.

Although speculation is still rife that the Prime Minister Dato Sri Najib may call for the dissolution of Parliament in either June or September, I believe that a June / July general election does not seem that likely. 

This does not mean that the speculation of a possible June election is without any basis. 

In fact, I believe that if not because of the Bersih 3.0 sit in protest which saw the participation of more than 2000, 000 people of all races, Najib will go ahead with a June/ July election. 

Najib’s approval ratings dropped last year after the Government’s and police’s mishandling of the 709 Bersih 2.0 rally. 

His approval ratings post Bersih 3.0 rally took a dip too. 

If Najib was surprised at his drop in popularity post Bersih 2.0 rally, I am sure he must be shocked at the drop after the  Bersih 3.0 sit in protest. 

Over the last few months, in its desperate efforts to woo the support of the people, the BN government has announced lots of goodies, including BRIM RM500 hand out, RM 200 book vouchers, etc. 

BN strategists must have thought that all these goodies would have created the feel good factor that the Prime Minister has wanted before he dissolves the Parliament. 

But the post Bersih’s decline in his approval ratings from 69% in February to 65% showed that his goodies cannot do the magic. 

BN has fought many elections with great advantage in money, machinery and media over the Opposition parties .

But the BN strategists did not realise that politics has changed after the 2008 general election. 

There is now political awakening of youths of all races. And there is a strong yearn for change among many voters, including many traditional BN supporters. 

On the ground, whether it is in the coffee shop, market or office, we can often hear talk that 50 over years is too long, time to go for change of federal government. 

Cash handout may create the feel good factor , but the feel good factor will not have  a permanent effect ,  neither is there certainty that such feel can be translated into votes. 

The recent dip in Najib’s approval ratings is such proof. 

But we must all beware that the next general election will likely to be the dirtiest in the nation’s history.

The enxt election is certainly not going to be an easy electoral battle as BN will go all out to try to cling to power.  
Hence, the battle to vote BN out of office must be the people’s struggle, and not just the Opposition battle.
The battle against BN is not fought on polling day only.  

Malaysians who want to go for change must from now on become our publicity agents and help debunk all the BN lies as well as spread our messages of change to the people on a daily basis .

The political tsunami of the 2008 general election dealt BN its unprecedented electoral debacle. 

Let there be a stronger political tsunami in the next election to cause the fall of BN. Let there be A Better Malaysia for All .

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