Another lifeline to the Opposition in Malaysia?
The voters of Sibu who were predominantly Chinese threw another lifeline to the Opposition coalition. The Democratic Action Party or DAP, which Wong Ho Leng belonged to, can still thump their chests. Karpal and Lim Kit Siang can still declare the DAP as the main player in the Opposition camp.
The result of this by-election proved once again how hard it is to earn the support of the Foochows in Sibu. Yes, some may ask: Are they one ungrateful lot? Maybe yes, would be the appropriate answer. Why do they go for the Opposition?
One probable answer would be the local economy of Sibu or to be more exact, the retail trade which is visibly in a sorry state. The key players are the shopkeepers, Coffee shop operators, Taxi drivers, vegetable sellers, small time contractors and many more. These are the people who wished there were more pedestrians traipsing the streets of Sibu and spending their money at the same time.
With the latest development, is there any change in the Parliament? Hardly, if one may say so. With the exit of Wee Choo Keong from PKR the number of MP’s on the Opposition side was one less. Come Ho Leng and the number are there again.
The number of independent MP’s has increased by one. The boys in the middle are getting merrier. The question is still; will there be more of them joining in? Yes! Yes! I bet there will be more of them. If we were to take the words of Zulkifli Nordin [ a former Opposition Member of the Malaysian Parliament] there will be more of them.
It seemed that the number of party members exiting the PKR is increasing. These days they exited not just in one or twos but the whole branch. It just happened in Kedah and Perak. So, what happened to that party of which Anwar Ibrahim is the Supreme leader. Are they trying to escape the political mud being thrown at Anwar Ibrahim.
Is that lifeline strong enough to really lift them out of their never-ending problems? There is that sodomy trial and it is not going to stay put. Anwar will face a Parliamentary Committee on the 8th of June concerning some remarks he made outside the House.
Even for a seasoed politician like Anwar, the days ahead are trying indeed.