by - Hesmel Faznee Faisal

The decision by Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak that BN will not be contesting in the Penanti by election has created a lot of fuss amongst politicians, in the BN camp as well as in Pakatan Rakyat.

The seat became vacant after its incumbent Fairus Khairuddin, who was also the former Penang Deputy Chief Minister, had embroiled in a corruption scandal and was “forced” to vacant it.

There were some grapevine comments who said that BN is afraid of losing the election. Some even think that the decision of not to contest in the by election will upset BN supporters in that area.

The Prime Minister might have his own reason for doing that. Besides wasting the tax payer’s money, he also thinks that it is about time politicians should stop politicking and Malaysians as a whole must start to concentrate and focus on the concept of 1Malaysia (No, Jose. The 1Malaysia concept has nothing to do with that of the Malaysian Malaysia concept) and to ensure that the economy is on the right track.

However, it is true indeed that we have missed out few important points, in regards to the said issue. Firstly, why did Penang Chief Minister, Lim Guan Eng aren’t aware about the brouhaha that is taking place in his state administration? Could it be that as the Chief Minister, he has been bypassed by some people in the self proclaimed PR coalition (I am still wondering as to when the PR coalition will come up with their own logo instead of carrying individual logos, respectively?).

To add salt to the wound, T.G.O.P (Refer to my previous posting to find out what it stands for!) has said BN should contest in the by election. Perhaps Najib was trying to use a reverse psychology to show the rakyat; BN is willing to sacrifice the seat and give a free win to PKR as they have a bigger concern (such as improving the economy) than wasting time in an election they will unlikely to win.

There are many possibilities pertaining to the issue, but it is more or less a win-win situation for both BN and PR. For BN, morally (so to speak) they have won theirs if they keep the decision to skip the by election. The road to recovery from the onslaught of the 12th GE is more important than trying to participate in a hanky panky political tussle, created by the opposition. As for PR, they should be thankful should BN decides not to participate in the by election and won the seat uncontested.

Datuk Seri Najib, I would like to quote Napoleon Bonaparte “You must not fight too often with one enemy, or you will teach him all your art of war.”

Perhaps it suits well with your decision and hope you will remain firmly to it.

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