In the run-up to the 13th GE, ground intelligence reports suggested that, subject to one important condition, opposition could win 12-14 of the 25 parliamentary seats in Sabah.
That one all-important condition?
Straight contests in all the constituencies.
Government servants, uniformed personnel and small time businessmen dependent on small government contracts had to see and be sure that the opposition had got its act together. Many languish under the belief that how they vote can be ascertained by the government of the day. Most are fearful of voting for change unless there is a strong chance that their vote for change will be part of a tsunami that kicks UMNO/BN out. The sense is that multiple-cornered contests serve to hand the seat to BN. Multiple-cornered contests leaves these voters with the sense that opposition themselves are not united and that there is little chance of displacing BN.
And so, these votes are lost.
In the last GE, I asked this of leaders from Sabah and Pakatan Rakyat from Semenanjung : this election, set aside party interests. See themselves not as leaders of their respective parties, but as leaders of the Rakyat. Please work out straight fights in all constituencies.
On nomination day, it was plain to see from the numerous multiple-cornered contests that we were going to fare badly in Sabah.
In the end, we only won 3 parliamentary seats.
DAP and PKR are at it again in the soon-to-be held Sarawak state elections.
The want to ABU the nation?
Bring much needed reform to the Rakyat?
Do we continue, as we have done before, to place our hopes in them?
And if not, who do we look to, to save this nation?