By Singa Terhormat
Over the last few days, a few friends met up with me and expressed their concern that there could be trouble just before, during or immediately following polling day. In doing so, they referred to some so-called ‘attacks’ on BN’s posts up north and they all said they were concerned.
I told them that the so-called ‘attacks’ remind me of the history lesson I was taught in Form 3 at school. Hitler seeking to annex Poland needed an excuse to invade Poland. Deviously, and to justify his unwarranted attack, he had his Secret Service boys appear like Polish soldiers and attack a German radio station.
Yes, Germans dressed in Polish army fatigues attacked a German radio station so Hitler could invade Poland.
This is an old trick, almost as old as the hills.
True to form, and following Muhyiddin’s earlier statement, today’s Malaysiakini reports Chua Soi Lek blaming the incidents up north on Pakatan.
Even before the police have finished investigating the matter!
All part of a preconceived, desperate plan.
It is inconceivable that the Opposition can be behind these so-called ‘attacks’ on BN’s posts.
The Opposition has for the last couple of years been ‘egging on’ Najib to call for elections. Why would they now, when elections is finally underway and when victory is possibly within its grasp, do anything at all that might disrupt the elections?
That would be utter stupidity.
Really, BN, cannot you get strategy-advisors beyond the schoolboy- level?
It is all so apparent for all and sundry to see what you are up to.
The only party that might gain from any disruption to the elections is the one that has much to lose. BN is quite obviously reeling from the groundswell of support for change. They are in panic stations as intelligence reports that come in, and I do mean reports and not a report, do not favour BN.
The tsunami of 2008 is nothing compared to what is happening.
Even their age-old strategy of dividing the rakyat along racial/religious lines does not seem to be working. They have blundered badly in this direction (Ibrahim Ali and Zulkifli Nordin come to mind) and have been ‘crying wolf’ once too often. In utter desperation it appears they now hope to disrupt the elections, probably in the hope it can ‘buy’ them more time.
It is therefore up to all of us to prevent this deviousness on their part.
How do we go about doing this?
For starters, know for sure that it is BN themselves that is behind all these so-called ‘attacks’. Tell others about this.
When Najib uncharacteristically stated several weeks ago that BN would hand over power peacefully if BN lost, I did then have my suspicions that he was laying the groundwork to disrupt the elections.
This is what is termed doublespeak.
Wikipedia has this to say about doublespeak.
“Doublespeak is often used by politicians for the advancement of their agenda. The Doublespeak Award is an “ironic tribute to public speakers who have perpetuated language that is grossly deceptive, evasive, euphemistic, confusing, or self-centered.”
What next can we do? (Remember it is “robbery” of the inherent right of the rakyat to determine our leaders if the elections are disrupted.)
Be alert at all times.
Most handphones these days have camera/ video-camera features. Use it. Record whatever untoward happenings that you come across. It is important that evidence be gathered. The act of the rakyat pulling out their handphones to record matters will in itself serve as a deterrent to these trouble-makers.
Remember the ‘Bangsar Spring” video-clip where DBKL officers backed down in the face of the rakyat’s videoing the event?
Let us Malaysia Spring the elections.
On the slightest hint of impropriety, let us all pull out our handphones and start videoing.
Next, let us all be present in large numbers during polling day at the polling stations and later at the counting centres. Nothing deters a troubler-maker like a large crowd.
If we have to to go for lunch etc, let us organize ourselves to take turns in doing so.
Report untoward matters to the cops and Election Commission officials or anyone of authority. Have a friend video you making the complaint and the response of the person complained to. Have some of the crowd accompany you too. The official will be less likely to simply ignore your complaint if they know they are being videoed and the matter likely to go viral. Being videoed too will ensure they are civil towards you.
Remember too that in the last few days before polling, BN will pull out all the stops.
The media will carry all kinds of stories to mislead the people.
There will likely be daily accounts of Pakatan branches and divisions being dissolved and mass crossovers.
There will likely be reminders of May 13th with the screening of old doctored scenes of that tragedy.
Do not be taken in or be deluded by any of it. Tell your friends this too.
I am sure many of you out there have your own ideas too on what we can do to stop us being “robbed”.
Share those ideas here and let us together march to victory.
The greatest thing to fear is fear itself.
Let us all remember that what we do, we do for the future of our families, our children and the generations to come.
Let us dispel fear for the sake of our nation and its peoples.
Believe that good will always triumph over evil.
For some of us too, we can tell ourselves, in the words of Sydney Carton in Charles Dickens “A Tale of Two Cities”, that “It is a far, far better thing that I do than I have ever done”.
Let us rise to the challenge and may God be with all of us.