Sorry lah, we were teasing earlier but now must read this one
We’re guessing that readers who tuned in to our ‘Traitor! Traitor! Traitor!‘ posting yesterday were expecting something salacious on local politics, only to see on the page a Turkey story and it’s not even Thanksgiving.
But now, here is our brief observation on the domestic ‘traitor’ business.
Who it is usually who screams ‘penderhaka’ and ‘pengkhianat’ at opponents they want to shoot down? Umno, right?
So what do you make of the screams at Zaid of “Traitor!” in PKR? We’d think that the Umno DNA in PKR is showing.
The popular saying goes that you can only fool some of the people some of the time. While the Azmin camp may think they can get away with simply maligning Zaid, the ‘traitor’ label can bite back at the boy who cried wolf.
In the PKR election fiasco, the party machinery had blithely spread unsubstantiated allegations that Zaid was a ‘Trojan horse’. So if Zaid is a ‘traitor’ for highlighting irregularities …
… then so is Mustafa Kamil Ayub a traitor, Jonson Chong a traitor, Animah Ferrar a traitor, Chegubard a traitor and the other 162 complainants over the PKR election shortcomings all traitors — every single one of them TRAITORS!!! — as well.
All the PRK contenders mentioned above brought up the matter of irregularities in the party election. They’re not ‘nobodies’. They had contested major posts: Mustafa (for deputy president), Jonson (vice president), Animah (Wanita chief), Chegubard (Youth chief).
The name-calling and labelling are symptoms of Pakatan’s incipient gutter political culture.
And what do you make of PKR deputy president elect Azmin Ali whose first reaction was a vow to cleanse PKR of ‘traitors’, only to backpedal later?
In today’s FMT,
By G Vinod
PETALING JAYA: PKR and its de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim are suffering from a public confidence crisis, according to a survey.
The survey by Universiti Malaya’s Faculty of Literature and Social Science showed that the allegation-riddled PKR polls had an impact on public peception, especially in urban areas.
Involving 1,124 respondents aged between 20 to 50 years of all races, the survey by the faculty’s democracy and election research unit was done between Nov 19 and Nov 28.
“On whether the internal bickering during the party polls had eroded their confidence in PKR, a whopping 52% of the respondents said it had whereas 29% said it did not. Another 19% were uncertain.”
“However, the survey stated that 37% of the respondents obtained their information on the party polls from the mainstream media. Only 11.6% referred to the internet while 16.8% of the respondents gathered information from different mediums.”