Yesterday I posted Is Lim Guan Eng 'communist-minded'? which discussed the ‘expectation’ of a typical UMNO member, and by extension those of PKR members who were originally from UMNO.
These people ‘expect’ a share of the war loot, the ‘war’ being the election which their party had won to become the (State or Federal) government, and the ‘loot’ being the government contracts, preferential business status, official appointments, positions, etc.
Today The Malaysian Insider confirms my take in its article When a nobody is Umno Youth chief.
Talking about the difficulties Khairy Jamaluddin has as the UMNO Youth Chief but one without any official appointment in the government and thus without any ‘lollies’ to dish out to his supporters (to meet their expectation’), the article said (extracts only):
Perhaps more disadvantageous for Khairy has been his inability to dish out contracts or largesse to his hungry men. His supporters have always felt that without a position in the administration and the absence of a protector in the shape of Najib, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin or other senior Umno officials, Khairy would be hard pressed to satisfy exco members and youth wing members who need cash payments or contracts to oil their operations.
An Umno Youth official told The Malaysian Insider: “A lot of exco members are hurting. They have spent funds on their political careers and need help financially. In such a situation, they expect their leader to be the benefactor.”
Amin to his frank confession!
The disappointment of KJ’s supporters is exactly the same as some of those in PKR who were former UMNO members – their ‘expectation’ had not been met.
Meanwhile, political pundits have an ‘expectation’ of their own – they expect a number of PKR (former UMNO) members to ‘return’ back to UMNO. There have been whispers that UMNO has sinisterly ‘persuaded’ them with mucho lollies to jump ship. Anwar Ibrahim has just acknowledged this.
It has to do with UMNO wanting to seize control of very rich and yummy Selangor a la Perak, as well as regain through the back door its former 2/3 majority in Federal Parliament. The latter is to enable the BN government to approve the EC's delineation of federal and state electorates for the 2013 general election.
But hey, the above is probably the worst kept secret in Malaysia.
Another issue, this time in PKR and involving Anwar Ibrahim, was aired by my Facebook matey, Sunline.
He suggested that Anwar and PKR are worried about the probability (upgraded from mere possibility) of losing MPs to UMNO, not so much that UMNO will benefit, but more so because PKR could then possibly have less MPs than DAP’s 28 seats in Parliament. This was the reason given for Anwar Ibrahim’s reluctance to discipline or expel mutinous and defiant Kulim Wonder; Anwar's woe has increased because now he needs to add to this possible list Zahrain Hashim and what’s-his-name from Nibong Tebal.
PKR fears that if DAP turns out to be the Pakatan member with the most number of MPs it will demand the position of Opposition leader.
If PKR leaders fear such a silly possibility (and it’s not even a probability) then their political aspiration has sadly diminished to utter low level grubbiness, plain power craziness. C'mon lah, keep your eyes on the BIG picture - 2013 or if push comes to shove, 2018 then!
Regardless of the number of remaining PKR MPs, I have no doubt that DAP will continue to honour and recognize Anwar Ibrahim as the Opposition Leader, for the commonsense reason they are realistic enough about the difficulties that’s likely to be faced by a DAP leader in heading Pakatan, especially with a component party like PAS, and the ‘expectation’ of many Pakatan supporters in the rural constituencies.
It is better for Anwar and PKR to start pruning dead branches off its own tree and keep only the true believers, at least for 2018 if not 2013.
The problem is of course a 63-year old Anwar Ibrahim, assuming he merges unscathed from Sodomy II, is too impatient to wait until 2018. Age is also a consideration where he will then be 71 years old.