Thursday, May 20, 2010
Sibu by-election revisited ... Deal or No Deal?
Days earlier, at Rejang Park, the prime minister convinced me that BN does not have the interests of the people of Sibu at heart.
1. He said: “I don't have to come here…..to Rejang Park……This is not the place for a prime minister to come.”
2. He insulted the intelligence of the people by making deals in exchange for public service.
3. He lowered the tone of his speech by saying “Bull Shine”. Is vulgar slang accepted speech by a prime minister?
Who could forget that 'speech'? Some people have called it 'You help me, I help you' talk. Those present witnessed the display of arrogance of condescension; how he talked down to people; and disgracefully made the public gesture of money in exchange for votes.
He showed us how NOT to demean people and thus get the backs up of those whom we wish to help us. Surprisingly, Najib overlooked how the Internet beamed his unflattering comments worldwide.
Najib also showed the political elite how NOT to treat the electorate or to make empty promises. To a lesser extent, it revealed how his spin doctors, who stage-managed his campaigns, failed to register the suffering of the Sibu people.
The PM joked about solving the flooding, saying: “Can we have deal or not? Can we have an understanding or not? You help me, I help you. It is quite simple.”
I recall how a policeman once stopped me for apparently going through a red light, even though I had not. He also used similar phrases like, “We got deal or not? We have understanding, yes? I can help you. Easy-lah.” These phrases sound very familiar don't they?