Sunday, 20 September 2009

Cakap cakap.....Bagan Pinang

All this talk about people wanting UMNO out. That the majority of Malays wants UMNO out. The Chinese have had enough of MCA and that the MCA no longer speaks for the majority of the Chinese. For the Indians MIC is no longer relevant. Is that all it is? Just talk?  Right now I feel myself very involved with this because of my blog. I write about it, I read what I can about it and and I am constantly ‘talking’ to others on the net about this. Today I ask myself to take five. On average about 1000 people visit my blog a day. Let us say that on average each one of them talk about what they read on steadyaku47 to another – a friend, wife, husband or family member. That makes 2000 that knows of what I write. Be generous to me and add another 50%  - that makes a total or 3000.  That is the number of shoppers that Suria KLCC gets in 15 minutes. 3000 is nothing.

Malaysia Today gets over a million hits a day. So between me and Malaysia Today are we doing our bit about making right what we perceive to be wrong in our country?  Or is all this just bluster and no substance. That people come on to our site – read and after a few minutes are on their way to another site – seeking something else to read. Do what we write, what we say lingers in their minds long enough to make a difference to whether UMNO/Barisan will continue to be with us after the next GE – or are we deluding ourselves that we do make some dent in the scheme of things?

I am beginning to have my doubts. I know that if 1000 people read my blog they do so without its contents affecting them much – not enough to write a few lines of comments. When my articles are posted on steadyaku47 invariably I will probably get between 5 to 10 comments - but on Lim Kit Siang site the same posting can get as many as 30 hits. Of course it is because many many more read LKS’s blog. So where is the relevance of steadyaku47?

But consider this. Even on Malaysia today where there are over a million hits a day – when my articles are posted there at most I will get about 20 comments.

What does that say about our readers – about our people? That they will read and listen to what we have to say – but they are not prepared to act. If they agree with what we say what will they do to help us do our work? I think nothing!  A short discussion with the average Malaysian will confirm this trait of ‘doing nothing”. This will not do if we are to effect change at the next General Election. So what do we need to do to make them realize that doing nothing will give UMNO life again and will kill Pakatan Rakyat. I really cannot  say.

Najib knows that he can make the people forget about virtually anything negative about UMNO – given time. This is one of our weaknesses. Our people forget with time. If UMNO spins enough stories and time their campaigns to peak during election time – Pakatan Rakyat will lose. We need our people to be more proactive. Show your displeasure. Your discontent. Your disgust. Your contempt to what they do to us. They do enough to deserve our disgust and contempt – but because the majority of us keep silent they will continue to do so. We must have the critical mass to flow from now towards the next election and the flow must be with Pakatan Rakyat.

This Bagan Pinang by-election – how many of you would be prepared to do something about it. Do not ask what you can do. Think of something and just go and do it to make that difference to Pakatan Rakyat winning. God knows they need our help there. Go do something. They need money to help out with the costs of running a good campaign. They need volunteers to run the campaign – every little thing helps. Go and help - then when Pakatan Rakyat wins we will know that it is OUR victory.