So, the people of Batu Sapi had spoken and the verdict had been delivered. They choose Barisan Nasional instead of Pakatan Rakyat, or SAPP. In Batu Sapi last night, it seems that fireworks wasn't necessary to celebrate BN success, the explosion of Musa's ego was enough to do the job. Speaking of ego, of course Yong and Ansari had to packed off with at least a blistering ego. each.
pix by malaysiakini
On the other hand, now people of Batu sapi people can enjoy reading this article anytime they want as the broadband coverage there reported to be good, thank to demise of the late Edmund Chong. A blogger said, a YB just have to die in order to benefit his people. Whatever.
What about the ever present issues that exist in every election, such as postal and phantom voters?
Hard to say, like cheating in poker games by having extra set of cards. The cheater can win every time because he controls the game. The only problem is other players are watching, and eventually there will be too many cards on the table, more than what it has suppose to be. Meaning, up to some point he can't cheat any longer.
A comfortable win for nevertheless, cheating or not. It is far beyond the strength of 1,500 odds postal voters that normally serves as a backup, just in case. Or may be this time BN was very sure of winning that they generously had given some of the postal votes to Ansari as a gesture, thats why Ansari got more than 3,000 votes.
Is slogan Sabah for Sabahans still valid?
Yes, it is, and always a valid issue. Only that for all this while, it was buried alive beneath Sabahans subconscious mind. It lays dormant because no one cares to become the taker, until SAPP rediscovers it.
Just think, 80% the first eight years of PBS's survival was heavily depending on it, the rest was leaning on the sentiment of kadazan-dusun. Never said it is null and void, PBS stand taller than everybody else in Sabah because it was firmly standing on the slogan, jangan jadi kacang lupakan kulit.
Because of the spirit of Sabah for Sabahans, Universiti Malaysia Sabah exists today.
Because of the same spirit, Sarawak's took the opportunity to established NTV7.
Whosoever willing to become a serious taker on the issue will undoubtly becomes noticeable on the spot, in this case it is SAPP who did it. Far from creating hatred among Malaysians, nor that it is unrealistic in today's context. It is forever relevant, as long as Sabah is part of Malaysia.
Quo vadis, SAPP? Sabah for Sabahans is still valid, but SAPP lost in Batu Sapi.
Well, its easy to pose questions and to analyse things that are already happened. Just look at a 4-digit result in the newspaper, anything that logical seems to be valid to form good combinations, but it isn't necessary make you rich.
I believe the lost is due to some reasons.
First, public are stunned with SAPP neo-interest for Sabah for Sabahan plight, and doesn't really know how to respond correctly. Public at large only heard about it on the eve of Batu Sapi election. Perhaps it meant to become the element of surprise, but it also left many Sabahans in confusion. Some even question the honesty of such move. Now that Batu Sapi election is over, SAPP need to address this as their main struggle to win the heart of majority of Sabahans.
Second, one must not undermine BN skill and knowledge as far as the Sabah for Sabahans issue is concerned. Since 1970s, Perikatan /USNO /UMNO /Berjaya /PBS /Barisan Nasional had came a long long way meddling trough it. They had tasted it both as the defender, and contender. PBS lived with the slogan for more than two decades. UMNO, on the other hand, had tried every known trick just to stop Sabahan from barking on the issue. Now that most of the remaining players are sitting comfortably in Barisan Nasional, they sure know how to deal with it to face just SAPP.
SAP does not come up with anything else yet, apart from pure sentiment and disgruntle. The slogan itself is closer to becomes slogan for the sake of slogan, just that. More groundworks necessary if SAPP wants to create impact especially toward the next general election. For goodness sake, do come up with a detail plan on how it wants to go about it so people will understand, instead of just saying it aloud or else people will think that it just a mere rethoric and simply disregard it.
None is happier than PKR...
Pity that Ansari only plunged twice into the sea. Seems every time he fell, he generates 1,500 votes. Twice means 1,500 x 2 = 3,000. Plunges the third time, the votes for PKR may increases to 1,500 x 3 = 4,500.
By now, PKR might thinks they have supporters more than SAPP. Wrong. Actually they have less supporters. Had it not because of DAP and Pas that eventually save it from humiliation, Ansari might had lost his deposit. See this picture.
pix by batusapi @ blogspot
I still believe that that PKR shouldn't even contest there. Please focus on the peninsula, strengthen your party and come back later to negotiate with SAPP. That's the gentleman's way of doing thing.
By the way, SAPP performance in Batu Sapi isn't bad at all, considering over 2,000 votes for it. SAPP is just a single entity, while BN consists of more than 15 political parties, and not less than 6 of them were in Batu Sapi, to assist PBS. It is 6-in-1 actually. And there are three parties in Pakatan Rakyat; PKR, Pas and DAP, so its 3-in-1. It never been a fair fight, neither its fair to assume a fairplay in any elections. Surely SAPP had taken this into consideration before joining the fray, weren't they?