How the opposition can win the next election

How the opposition can win the next election – Koon Yew Yin

By now it is clear that the 1MDB financial scandal, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s campaign against Datuk Seri Najib Razak, GST pain and numerous examples of corruption, abuse and mismanagement of the economy and governance, are not going to win the next election for the opposition coalition.

This is not to say that we should underestimate the average Malaysian’s disillusionment with, and distrust of, Umno and its partner parties in Barisan Nasional (BN).

Even the most simpleton Umno member is fully aware of how the division chiefs have enriched themselves with fat contracts, scholarships for their children, jobs in the civil service for their relatives and friends, etc.

Umno members are no fools. They know that the higher one gets to be in the Umno leadership hierarchy, the more the goodies and wealth they can accumulate.

So they are not surprised that RM2.6 billion was deposited in Najib’s personal account.

Many of the more ethical and principled Umno members agree that this is wrong. But will this mean that they will not vote for Umno in the next election?

I hope they listen to their conscience and I am sure many other Malaysians will join me in wishing the same.

But hope is not enough.

What will win the next general election is not Umno leaders and members such as Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Dr Mahathir turning against or forsaking the party and voting for the opposition.

Nor will it be the public anger, disgust and revulsion against the present government that alone can be enough to bring Umno and BN down.

What will win the elections is a strong, solid and unified opposition. This is such a no-brainer that one would have thought that all the parties in the opposition, especially the more progressive DAP and PKR, would make this the first of the five or 10 commandments that they agree to.

However, recent events give the impression that this pre-condition of opposition electoral success has either been forgotten or sidelined.

Hence it is reassuring to know that this is the main message that has emerged from the recent PKR congress.

Common sense and history tell us that without a unified opposition and especially whenever three or more cornered fights take place in any election in Malaysia, BN is invariably the winner.

We know that even before the election proper, gerrymandering has already given the BN candidate, especially in rural areas, a head start.

How the opposition can win the next election – Koon Yew Yin
30 November 2015 – TMI


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