Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Manek Urai - Make The Deal The Devil And You Lose

There is always a lesson to learn from the story of Faust who makes the pact with the Devil to gain what he needs most at the cost of his soul. He lost and eventually had serve the Devil. This classic story is somewhat akin to the decision making that is going to be done by the people in the one district in Kelantan.

Tomorrow is the Manek Urai by-election and the campaign was hot in the last two days or so. An interesting part of the campaign was the speech by the 'one-eye-jack' by the name of Muhyiddin Yassin that mentioned that if they vote for BN, they get the bridge. But I was told that the people are rejecting the deal somewhat similar to sweets offered by the devil. I was told that they wanted a bigger fish than the sweets, which is the $1 billion of oil royalties that have not been paid back for quite a long time by the Barisan Nasional.

It was pretty funny to hear Anwar in his speech as according to Malaysiakini - a phrase that translated into English as 'who does he (Muhyiddin) think - King Solomon?'. Anwar whacking Mat Sembab ...hmm. Earlier on , we do hear sometimes Muhyiddin preaching something that doesn't make sense in the religious context like voting BN will make you go to heaven. In truth, this doesn't exist in the religious vocabulary.

People in Kelantan are still bitter over the hostile takeover in the late 70s and gave Barisan a revenge that is not forgiven at all in 1990 onwards until now. I would still believe that PAS can win, but the cracks of what is happening in the loose coalition formed will have to be constantly be reminded to them so that they cannot be like another Barisan Nasional.

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