From the title of her Malaysiakini article one shouldn't be blame for assuming that even sweetie Welsh has been caught up by the Najib versus Anwar battle that some in Malaysia want to portray as a fight between good and evil. Who’s good and who’s evil would depend on your political affiliation wakakaka!
Since I have none (political affiliation) save a current support for DAP’s reasonably clean politics and righteous political ideology, I am most qualified to pass judgement wakakaka – OK - I admit having an immense distrust for Anwar Ibrahim and his brand of shameless 916 politics, far greater than I have for Najib, though I consider both of them as from the same cesspool.
When Najib was DPM and thus deputy chairperson of the BN, it was only natural to hold him responsible for BN election (including by-election) successes or failures, as the BN election campaign director is traditionally the deputy chairperson of the BN.
Thus Najib was blamed for the loss of Permatang Pauh and Kuala Terengganu. Mind you, the former was never in question a guaranteed victory for PKR and therefore a no-hoper for the BN, whilst, yes, the latter was lost to PAS.
Najib is now the PM and therefore the BN’s campaign director is Muhyiddin who should rightfully be held responsible for the BN’s successes or failures in the one batang and two b
… WTF, keep the gun sight on Najib and make sure we blame him for not winning the Bukit Selambau seat from PKR or the Bukit Gantang seat from PAS. They are referendum on Najib's PM-ship, especially if BN were to lose - wakakaka.
I wonder what referendum was on in 2004? wakakaka!
Before Najib became PM, he as DPM was also blamed for the draconian use of ISA, police and the law to suppress the press, rallies and virtually everything, even though there was a certain PM by the name of AAB and a certain Home Minister named Syed Hamid Alba, but …
… WTF, we had to keep the gun sight on then-DPM Najib and make sure we blame him for those over-the-top use of the law, police, courts, whatever …
G.A.N (Gerakan Anti Najib) has so successfully demon-ized Najib that the bloke has to be blamed for every which thing, and many of us like lemmings would follow that G.A.N demon-ization path without bothering to use our brains independently ... alas!
After all, we argue, didn’t he threaten to soak his keris in Chinese blood … probably the only UMNO bloke to ever threaten Chinese Malaysians, unlike good olde Anwar Ibrahim, who only told Chinese to f* off back to Tiongsun, and Indians that temple bells might not ring again if they don’t watch it.
I wonder whether evil Najib has ever wrecked an international meeting in Malaysia, like Apcet II?
Hmmm, come to think of it, Who was in charge when Apcet II was attacked by thugs?
In keeping with current trends set by G.A.N, perhaps it was Najib.
I bet Najib would have said after UMNO’s successful wrecking of Apcet II: “Our mission was to stop the conference and we did just that.”
As for the two Bukits, I recommend you read the analyses of my good matey Ong Kian Ming in Malaysiakini titled Bukit Gantang: PAS to thump Umno by 3,000 and Bkt Selambau: PKR to win by 1,500-2,000.
Ong is probably the best Malaysian pollster and would each time share with us his erudite dissections of the factors he analysed to come to his fairly accurate predictions.
One amazing sea change he has brought out has been the voters' swing of preference by ethnicity. If we examine Ong’s table for Bukit Gantang from 1999 to 2008, we see that the Malay voters have remain generally equal and fairly stable between PAS and UMNO at the 50 percentile mark.
How much will the ‘mohon derhaka’ misinformation and accusation of Nizar’s pro Chinese stand influence the heartland, and how much will be the effect of Dr Mahathir returning to the campaign trail for UMNO remain to be seen?
But what has been startling has been the swing of non-Malay (chiefly Chinese) voters, from an all time high of 84% for BN’s Bao Gong in 2004 to an abysmal 35% in 2008, in the period of one mere general election, more so when the candidate standing in the 2008 election was a PAS candidate.
I believe Nizar will continue to enjoy the 65% non-Malay support if not more because of his immense popularity. Ong suggested that non-Malay support may increase by another 5% for good olde Nizar.