Yes we all know it's time for a change, but will this 13th general election be the time?
It’s time! All around us the signs are unmistakable. You leave your house for work and your neighbour gives you the “thumbs up” and you smile and give him that upbeat nod with your head that says “ini kali lah” and a solid thumbs up in return.
Ini kali lah? But what if Umno cheats?
What if Umno contingency plans include a May 13-type putsch by radical element within Umno that would plunge our nation into chaos, mayhem and racial conflict?
If it comes to that, then they have not factored the fact that the Malaysia of today is not the Malaysia of 1969. Today the Chinese know that PAS will deploy its rank and file to protect its Chinese brothers without being asked.
Today the sight of any Malay running through the streets of Kuala Lumppur brandishing parang to look for non-Malays and non-Muslims to maim or kill would raise the ire of not only Malaysians but more comforting, of Malays too.
A May 13 scenario would not be the way to go for any radical element from any political persuasion bent upon creating a situation where advantage can be taken to take the government in the name of “national security”.
What dastardly deeds and “rancangan” have Umno cooked up with the Election Commission? They may well try what they have done successfully before: to tilt the election their way but mark my words, should the tide starts to turn against Umno, EC will jump through the hoops to ensure an “honest” election.
They are all civil servants and they know where their bread is buttered. The civil service takes its cue from its political masters – whoever that may be.
And if Pakatan Rakyat wins, the civil servants will stand at attention, feet together and salute Pakatan with a resounding “Tabek Tuan” and happily take orders from their new political masters.
Is the Malay-dominated army prepared to do what radical Malays and Umno hope they will do to keep Umno in power, or will they, as they have done in the past, largely stay out of politics?
I think we have faith in our generals and our soldiers to do what is right for them and for our country. They are our army personnel, not Umno’s.
The police force will do the bidding of who they perceive shall be their political masters but this is moot. We will have to wait and see.
For now the police force and Umno are entwined in a fatal embrace that discredit both parties in the eyes of the people. Let us hope that there are enough responsible leaders within the police force to do the right thing by our nation.
Dubious voters at play
Will the “pendatangs” (immigrants) be able to cast their vote for Umno? If given the necessary protection by the police, they will try. Without such protection, they will melt back into the black hole that they have come from.
But we must not forget that we were all “pendatangs” once. The situation these “pendatangs” now find themselves in is intolerable for them and for us. They are beholden to Umno for their right to stay in Malaysia but their ties with Umno hold no permanency.
This is where Umno’s thinking is flawed. BRIM is a done deal. And so is giving the right of abode to the “pendatangs”. Now tell me, having got what they want, why would the recipients of BRIM and the “pendatangs” vote Umno now? “Mereka selalunya pun mudah lupa!”
Will the Malays give their votes to Umno this time around? The question should really be: will there be enough Malays who want change?
Malay youths too want change: this is obvious from the rumblings coming from the universities and places of higher learning. The young will want change.
Will the Indians and Hindraf make a difference? The Indians must have their usual song-and-dance act but in the end I believe they will err on the side of right – as their heart dictates – as they did in the 12th general election.
Hindraf will go the way Samy Vellu went – he tried to go back to Sungai Siput and was told that Sungai Siput did not want him anymore.