Anwar's old strategy to topple the government: Get 30 MPs to join Pakatan Rakyat, table a motion of no-confidence of Pak Lah and the ruling government. This strategy was shot down after their own 3 jumped ship in Perak, resulting in the political calamity we are witnessing till today. Technicalities and legalities aside, the whole episode was triggered by defaction from Pakatan.
Anwar's new strategy: Run by-elections till the general election, then blame the government for not accomplishing anything during its term.
Fairuz has been cleared by SPRM of any wrong doing, but the Penanti by-election is still on. What is Anwar up to? PAS was eyeing the seat even though PKR intended to field its own candidate. The seat comes with a bonus of becoming the next deputy chief minister. The power struggle continues within Pakatan Rakyat and within PAS.
Manoharan, a member of the racist group Hindraf, was detained in 2007 for inciting racial sentiment and demanding compensation from the UK government for deporting the Indians during colonization. He ran for election last year and won as Kota Alam Shah State Assemblymen. Because he is unable to service the rakyat from jail, he is contemplating to throw in the towel, thus setting the stage for another by-election.
BN has yet to decide whether to contest for the Penanti seat. Win or lose, the current state government in Penang would remain. Of course, Pakatan is taunting Barisan of being afraid to lose yet again, based on the recent by-elections at Permatang Pauh, Kuala Terengganu, Bukti Selambau and Bukit Gantang.
BN must maintain its course and ignore the child's play by the opposition. The people have decided in Mar 2008. The people have decided that BN would continue to run the Federal Government. The people also have decided that they would give Pakatan Rakyat a chance to run 5 states. Nothing more, nothing less. We don't have to be reminded everyday of that fact. The results from recent by-elections do not represent the aspiration of the entire nation.
Parliament must pass a law to discourage elected representatives from vacating their seats at their whim and fancy, lest we have the stomach to witness 5 more by-elections before the next general election.
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