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There is something seriously wrong with PKR.

The leaders of PKR are either the ultimate optimists or they are simply, born liars. How can anyone in PKR claim to have led a good campaign in Sarawak? They have just been slaughtered even with the changing political climate in Malaysia and yet they are pleased having ‘made in-roads’ into Sarawak and tripling their representation in the Dewan Negeri; increase from 1 to 3 seats. How laughable.

I would rather that they face the defeat like a real man. Come out and admit that PKR have under-estimated BN and that the rural Sarawakians have not warmed up to West Malaysian politics. At least this may wake a lot of their own people up from their slumber. And we do know that many Malaysians live in make-believe world where reality is but a perception of their little minds.

The less optimistic of the PKR members may say that the battle has been lost, but the chances of winning the war (i.e. GE 13) has increased with the ‘better’ performance seen in Sarawak. Another load of hot BS. Based on the Sarawak election, Pakatan Rakyat has ZERO chance of forming the next government. Wake up people, the chances are ZERO. Sarawak has 31 parliamentary seats and Sabah has 25. Based on the Sarawak elections, how many parliamentary seats can we honestly expect to win from the urban areas? 4? 5? How are we going to win 65% of all votes?

How are we rakyat going to win the GE13? If you have a decent brain, your guess is as good mine. If you have a non-functioning brain, you will be claiming that GE13 is a foregone conclusion with a PR win because UMNO and BN are evil and the rakyat will kick them out.

First and foremost, let us all ingrain in our minds that it is very difficult to oust BN because of gerrymandering and dirty politics along with collusion with EC. The shocking thing is that before any elections, anyone and everyone knows what BN is going to throw money and play dirty. BN is so open that they are playing poker with all 5 cards open on the table. And yet PR loses the game. Something is very wrong isn’t it? Are we thinking out of the box to counter BN? Isn’t something not right when the voter could have taken BN’s money but vote PR instead? Could it maybe be a case as simple as PR not being appealing to the voters in the very first place? At least with the rural voters.

We can see that informed voters have ‘spoken’. The urban Sarawakians of Kuching, Miri and Sibu have followed their urban counterparts in West Malaysia. We can safely say that the change in West Malaysia has blown to East Malaysia. But it is obvious that this wind is not going to cause any further changes. Why? I dare say that because the change that we are asking for is not what the rural voters want.

( I am a believer that DAP won the 12 seats not fully on merits of DAP or their candidates but simply as part of the wind of change by informed voters. Nevertheless, kudos to DAP for having a very well oiled machinery and early preparations.)

Is it a co-incidence that throughout Malaysia, the urbanites are generally leaning towards PR while the rural folks are still giving their support to BN? I choose to say no. I say this scenario is the result of wrong strategy applied by PR.

We urbanites are better informed. No arguments about that. We are better educated too. Some of us have also had the opportunity to see democracy elsewhere and are hence asking for betterment. We tackle social issues, government misdemeanours and so on and so forth. But how do these issues affect the rural folks? Remember, everyone is selfish – this is human nature (like it or not). And please admit to that. Key point is – how does that matter affect me?

To many rural folks, they could not be bothered about these social issues. Take it from me that some people just like the simple life. It is idiots like us who get all worked up over injustice, corruption etc. If that is so, then is the strategy that worked in urban areas going to be equally effective in the rural areas? The kampong folks have proven over and over that it does not work. And yet PR uses the same strategy.

Look at the results of past elections. I read in one of Sarawak elections report saying that BN won in a voting area which had never had water supply. Shocking! What did PR do or not do there? Logically, either those voters are morons or PR simply screwed up. Again I am reiterating that the voters could have taken BN’s money but vote PR. They did not. So, what did BN do right there?

Is PR going everywhere shouting Anwar and Reformasi? Do you think the rural folks care about the submarine that could not dive or the Prime Minister’s wife who took out pages congratulating herself in New York? Do you think the rural folks are bothered if petrol costs RM10 per litre or that Selangor gives RM10 free water? Do they even know who on earth Anwar is?

Point is – are the issues brought to the rural folks relevant to them? How many of us actually step into their shoes and see things from their point of view? Does electricity tariff affect me when my electricity is generated from the noisy generator (shared by my 10 other neighbours) behind my house? Does free water affect me when I get my water from the river 5 minutes walk away? Does rising cost of living affect me when I plant my own vegetables, catch my own fish and rare my own chicken? If I am not bothered about the above, somebody please tell me, why should I be bothered about that man who fell down from MACC’s office or why certain murderer never get charged in court. Or for the love of god, why would the deterioration in the education system affect my live when I have never been to school (nor do my 5 children) because the nearest school is 2 hours by boat away. If I have lived this old without education, why would my children’s children need education? Will going to school put food on the table tonight? Aren’t they better off picking fruits in the jungle nearby.

Not everyone has advanced. There is a huge number of population that has been left behind while the landscape of Kuala Lumpur continues to get filled up with skyscrapers. There are many people who simply do not ask for progress because they believe that progress is beyond them. Because they accept life as it is. And we are reaching out to them with issues like the corrupted UMNO leaders who enrich themselves? Or the police force who helps UMNO stay in power?

You get what I’m trying to say? Astro is part of our lives but a lot of these people do not even have a TV. We take many things we have for granted and we assume that everyone wants what we want. The truth is everyone has different needs. What is the point of Azmin Ali and gang going to kampongs telling the folks there what Azmin Ali and gang needs? What is the point of you feeding the cow the best fried chicken in the world?

Pakatan Rakyat and in particular, PKR, is going the wrong way. They have to wake up now and go back to the drawing board. These leaders that we hope will lead us to a better future are simply not good enough. No one is really thinking out of the box. (By the way, the Ubah mascot by DAP is brilliant!) And PKR seriously needs some talents leading their strategy team. I mean seriously, seriously, seriously. I don’t like the American style of politics but you have to accept that they are very good at what they do. Let it be fund raising or election strategies. Just for an idea, oh somebody please read some Jeffrey Archers. We are light years behind. An author can actually think better than our leaders.

Kalau saya Najib, saya bubarkan Dewan Rakyat esok!

13 Response to "Incompetent PKR; Bungling Pakatan"

  1. Anonymous Said,

    you speak my thoughts aloud! wrong strategy indeed! when u put some one who is an expert but in something else,not strategy, then you are definitely heading for failure!


  2. Anonymous Said,

    well said mr templer. problem is they (pkr) dont even know where are these places in the jungle.


  3. Anonymous Said,

    Remember how arrogant and overly confident Azmin Ali and Tian Chua were demanding more seats than they could manage?


  4. Anonymous Said,

    DO we see PR strategy in rural Sarawak actually back fired. Instead of geting suuport, it has created fear. Fear for change. What Reformasi?? Ubah??? CHANGE WHAT??? PKR does not even understand what the people want. So how to win their votes. Go down to the ground. Recruit new members. Discard the old politics of 60s and 70s. Stop listening to ex BN members as advisers. Do not compete headon with PBB. They are just too strong. PKR just needs new innovative leaders to break in. EVen SNAP snapped.


  5. Anonymous Said,

    Absolutely TRUE and down to the point !Let's hope PKR wake up from their slumber and take the challenge to face reality if they are SERIOUS in taking over Putrajaya.


  6. Anonymous Said,

    So what do you suggest PKR do instead? Every damn fool can complain but we should only listen to those who come up with possible solutions. So what's on your mind, a Saint you are not yet!


  7. Anonymous Said,

    Very simple steps.


    Get the EC to make sure postal votes are counted first, before other vote counting begins. PR fellows attend all the briefings by the EC but this simple one also they cannot discuss and sort out.


    No use going to rural areas on missing Mongolians, floating submarines, endless SDs, sex videos, bla bla vla. Sarawakians and Sabahans are not interested in such things.

    Just focus, monitor and relate the impact of increasing costs that even the rural folks have to bear - because of grand projects. The free e-mail proposal is actually not free, and the cost, if spread out to the actual taxpayers, means quite a lot to each taxpayer. That can be stressed impactfully. Likewise each and every spending mooted by the BN at state and Federal level.


    There are four states under PR. So much being achieved. What does it mean to the rakyat? How much savings? How much more now in the hands of the rakyat/taxpayers? And what about the merits of good governance? Why cannot share these with the rakyat regularly through communication methods other than the mainstream media?

    The list goes on.

    Just remain focused on the actual target and do not be distracted by UMNOs cybertroopers who are paid to just do that. The rural folks do not have much access to these blogs as well. So, no big impact. The urban ones who read them also know how to decide as in the case of Sarawak.



  8. Anonymous Said,

    Another 'whack PKR' article, full of criticisms and yet, do not offer a possible concrete solution.

    Wasted my precious minutes reading an article from a wannabe political strategist! Stick to your day job, whatever it is...


  9. Sheild Said,

    Mr. Templer,
    good writing and advise. Let's just hope PKR take note of your writing and find a good 'possible concrete solutions' of your insight.


  10. Anonymous Said,

    I am no politician. But this is my advice. The next time around, please reflect to these rural folks how their children and their grandchildren struggle in the rising cost of city life and how much quality life taken away from them due to the current policies and mismanagement. It will surely struck their heart when they know their loved ones are effected. Make them realise that they actually have the power to make life better for their loved ones. All parents have the same kinda feeling towards their kids. A very simple strategy for simple rural folks isn't it?


  11. Anonymous Said,

    PKR have a troop of monkeys who think that the way to get them on-side is to insult them by saying how stupid they are to support BN.

    Just read their rabid, foaming-in-the-mouth comments on PKR friendly sites.


  12. Anonymous Said,

    I could be wrong, but from the article and the comments given, I have the impression that these are all written by non-Sarawakians who have no idea of the situation in the rural area in Sarawak. The fact is that they (the rural folks) don't vote for who can give a better future, but instead they vote for who can give them the most cash/food/goodies. Go in the village and you start handing out money/food/goodies, and you win will be guaranteed, as simple as that. If you ask why didn't PR report this to the EC? Well they did (they raise a lot of ruckus on this), but they were ignored by EC.


  13. Anonymous Said,

    Denial syndrome is difficult to treat. Wake up PKR, wake up


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