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BN bid to blunt Pakatan attacks brings risk of being seen as weak

August 23, 2012

By Ida Lim August 23, 2012 (TMI)

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 23 — By agreeing to successive demands — from investigating Sabah’s illegal immigrants problem to repealing security laws and considering a review of oil royalties and even allowing public rallies — the Barisan Nasional (BN) government is hoping to blunt Pakatan Rakyat’s (PR) momentum on issues the opposition has championed, but political analysts say it also risks being seen as being a weak government ahead of elections expected soon.

BN politicians have argued that the government’s position is not one of capitulation but is a sign that the ruling coalition is now listening to the public and making the right moves towards political reforms.
Najib has carried out various reforms ahead of the general election. — File pic 
But political analysts and watchers interviewed by The Malaysian Insider say the BN government runs the danger of projecting an image of having no grand ideas of its own.
Ahead of the 13th general election, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has carried out various reforms in what is seen as a bid to hijack PR’s aggressive campaign to take power in Putrajaya.

Najib’s administration has abolished the Internal Security Act (ISA) and plans to repeal the controversial Sedition Act.

It has also enacted a new law that allows public rallies although any benefit from that was severely eroded after the authorities forcibly broke up the latest Bersih protest on April 28.

PR and Sabah opposition politicians were also using the problem of illegal immigrants in Sabah to score points among disgruntled voters in the state, but Najib stepped in recently to set up a royal commission of inquiry after the recent defections of senior Sabah BN lawmakers.

Wan Saiful Wan Jan, chief executive of the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS), told The Malaysian Insider that “it’s unfortunate that we have a government that is copying what the opposition proposes.”

“They should be the ones leading. Copying is not really leadership,” he said, adding that “they need to start coming up with policies of their own.”

However, he notes that “it shows that it’s good for a country to have a strong opposition” as there would be “real competition” between politicians on “what is good policy for the public.”

Asked about the effect of BN’s measures on voters, he said “it’s risky for the government to continue this strategy of copying PR.”

… it’s unfortunate that we have a government that is copying what the opposition proposes. — Wan Saiful Wan Jan, chief executive of the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs

“People may start questioning who is the real leader,” he said, warning that it will “harm” BN in the long term as it may “lose leadership status and become a follower.”

Prof Dr Jayum A. Jawan, a professor of politics and government with Universiti Putra Malaysia, agreed with Wan Saiful, saying that “they (BN) are doing the right thing but they are stealing somebody’s idea.”

He points to the federal government’s “weak think-tank” for its failure to come up with its own “grand ideas”.

He said BN appears to be “responding because of pressure from PR”, saying it needs to have a “comprehensive review” instead of “responding to one or two issues.”

“Is BN going to respond every time PR comes up with an issue?” he asked, saying that the opposition will never give up asking.

He said the BN’s reforms will enable the opposition pact to claim credit by saying that its campaign worked.

Professor Datuk Dr Shamsul Amri Baharuddin, a political analyst with UKM, disagreed with the view that by fulfilling the public’s demands the Najib administration would be seen as weak.

But he told The Malaysian Insider that it is an “illusion” that BN can change voters’ minds with such reforms, saying it is only a “feel-good” factor.

Shamsul said the people would not be easily satisfied, adding that they are more interested in changing the federal government.

He said the real impact on elections will be from “issues that directly affect voters’ daily lives”, especially the economy and “people’s fears about crime”.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. najib manaukau permalink
    August 23, 2012 4:59 am

    What else can the scumbags and parasites from Umno do when they don’t have ideas of their own ? The only idea they have is to dish out money to buy votes, which is the only format they have. This is one of the reasons why it is time, in fact it is long overdue, for all true Malaysian to vote the scumbags and parasites out of Putrajaya in this coming GE and best of all to have all of them indicted for the atrocities they have committed over the decades especially the mentor of all of them, the grand son of the pariah from Kerala, the shenanigan Mahathir !

  2. Mohamad permalink
    August 23, 2012 7:44 am

    Biasalah Penipu Rakyat kalau wakil rakyat dari Barisan Nasional seperti Bumburing dan Lajim melompat parti menyokong Penipu Rakyat maka itu adalah kebebasan dalam demokrasi, tapi bila ADUN Changkat Jering, ADUN Behrang dan ADUN Jelapang keluar dari Penipu Rakyat dan menyokong Barisan Nasional maka Penipu Rakyat akan menyalak ke hulu ke hilir tuduh rampasan kuasa dan sebagainya, lihat Penipu Rakyat ni kaki kelentong, diorang buat semunya boleh, tapi kalau orang lain dapat manfaat semuanya haram, berdosa dan macam-macam lagi tuduhan keji yang mereka lemparkan, dasar muka tak malu, memang Penipu Rakyat muka mangkuk jamban, muka tak malu, bodo dan tak berhati perut.

    Kerajaan Barisan Nasional sibuk dengan agenda pembangunan negara demi kesejahteraan rakyat melalui Kedai Rakyat 1Malaysia, Kedai Ikan Rakyat 1Malaysia, Kedai Kain Rakyat 1Malaysia, bantuan tayar percuma sekali setahun kepada pemandu teksi, bantuan pembangunan usahawan, bantuan pembangunan petani, bantuan pembangunan kesenian dan media, bantuan kesenian, bantuan kepada orang-orang susah, dan berbagai pembangunan demi kesejahteraan rakyat, tapi lihatlah Penipu Rakyat pula sibuk mempergunakan rakyat untuk merosakkan negara, mereka mempergunakan rakyat untuk memporak perandakan negara supaya negara jadi tidak aman dan mereka akan ambil kesempatan untuk buruk-burukkan kerajaan, inilah cara komunis dan sememangnya Penipu Rakyat adalah golongan komunis, mereka mencetuskan kekacauan, mereka membuat hasutan, mereka mencetuskan propaganda kegelisahan di kalangan masyarakat, ini adalah taktik komunis, jelas bahawa Penipu Rakyat memangnya komunis, berhati-hatilah rakyat Malaysia sekalian, golongan komunis seperti Penipu Rakyat ini memang tidak boleh dipercaya, dasar penipu, jenis kaki auta dan jenis janji nak buat baik, tapi lepas menang menindas mengalahkan perompak. Lihat di negeri tadbiran mereka, penindasan demi penindasan dibuat untuk mengekalkan kuasa mereka, lihatlah berapa banyak peniaga kecil yang diainaya dengan alasan tak ada lesen berniaga kedai mereka dirampas dan dirobohkan, sedangkan permohonan untuk mendapatkan lesen tidak dipedulikan oleh Penipu Rakyat, lihatlah betapa zalimnya golongan penyangak seperti Penipu Rakyat ini, jenis komunis memang begini. Tapi lihat pula pusat hiburan dan maksiat yang berleluasa di negeri tadbiran mereka, mereka kata mereka tak keluarkan lesen pusat hiburan, tapi pusat hiburan tak berlesen dibiar berleluas dengan berbagai kegiatan maksiat, jelas Penipu Rakyat bersekongkol dengan golongan pengusaha pusat maksiat, sebab itulah mereka tak ambik tindakan langsung, memalukan, sungguh memalukan, kerana Kerajaan Penipu Rakyat di negeri tadbiran mereka tahu lambakan pusat maksiat, tapi tak ambik tindakan, Exco dan Menteri Besar dan Ketua Menteri bodo piang tak reti buat kerja dan bersekongkol dengan golongan pengusaha pusat maksiat, Cekap, Akauntabilit dan Telus konon, blah la, korang Lembab, Bangang dan Tak Guna sebenarnya, blah la, Penipu Rakyat komunis!

  3. Black Arrow permalink
    August 26, 2012 12:59 am

    The BN leadership especially the current PM is not a man of ideas, much less a visionary leader.

    • Mohamad permalink
      August 26, 2012 9:36 am

      Pimpinan PAS pula lagi teruk, berkelakuan pelik tak tentu arah, kononnya Barisan Nasional jahat, tapi lihatlah diri mereka yang mempromosikan keganasan seperti BERSHIT 3.0, hasutan buruk itu dan ini, ceramah maki hamun, entah apalah nak jadi dengan PAS ni, makin teruk, makin buruk, makin menjahanamkan masyarakat.

      Blah la, Penipu Rakyat komunis, kerana memang Penipu Rakyat komunis pun sebab kelakuan, sikap dan ciri-ciri Penipu Rakyat adalah sebiji komunis, mencetuskan huru hara, menghasut, membuat kekacaun untuk memburukkan keadaan sebagai cara untuk merampas kuasa adalah ciri-ciri komunis, dan Penipu Rakyat adalah komunis, sangat berbahaya, jauhi Penipu Rakyat komunis yang jahat ini.

      Blah la, Penipu Rakyat komunis.

      PRU 13 undilah Barisan Nasional demi agama, bangsa dan tanah air.

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