Monday, January 19, 2009

BN lost in the Kuala Terengganu by-election

Although the Barisan Nasional government is the government that committed all-out efforts for the development of the nation and achieved remarkable results since independent, but it fails to retain the Kuala Terengganu parliamentary seat in the by-election but the loss does nothing to change the political landscape of the country.

The main factors found to be underlie the failure of the Barisan Nasional to retain Kuala Terengganu parliamentary seat are BN had been too long in the political comfort zone and the quality of the candidate was absence of the UMNO members’ unconditional full recognition.

Political parties seek power in order to accomplish their goals. Ironically, it had been too long for anyone to remember that BN has slipped back into their political comfort zone, which a remarkable abdication is the lack of political initiative of the members to get involved as well as to facilitate the on-going goals of the party.

How can they begin to push the limits of the comfort zone? On the other hand, they get involved in the internal crisis in the party, which reflected by lack of full recognition of the candidates and the by-election campaign.

The opposition supporters, on the other hand, shown their unconditional support for Pakatan Rakyat especially PAS in carry out the campaign during the by-election. The campaign machinery that PAS has built is much better than BN. The banners, flags, image of the candidate, issues of upholding Islam’s position for the Malay and anti-corruption are by far more effective and destructive to BN.

On the contrary, the Chinese community seems buy the big BN allocation for Chinese school, religious organizations and the issues PAS does not respect Chinese community’s rights on freedom of religion. The propose implementation of hudud law and the Terengganu PAS government before had proposed to acquire the temple had hurt Chinese community but unfortunately their votes are only comprise 11% of Kuala Terengganu's electorate that can't effectively change the political landscape.

When under PAS rule, the Terengganu government had proposed to acquire the Tien Hok Temple which has been a place of worship for the local Chinese over a century.

The proposal was approved by the PAS-led state executive council in 2003 and the PAS candidate for the Kuala Terengganu by-election, Mohd Abdul Wahid Endut, was a state executive councilor then.

Abdul Wahid Endut from the opposition Pas beat off Wan Farid Salleh from the Umno by a majority of 2,631 votes.

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