Look at the ‘No, No, No’ debacle in the Han Chiang school field another way. It has sealed Lim Guan Eng’s reputation for kiasu-ness, that is if you weren’t already yet convinced.
The chief minister of the host state had asked participants to make a political protest out of a festive gathering by wearing Bersih yellow and Himpunan Hijau green colours. The Deputy Prime Minister said itu kerja bodoh. The Penang CM retorted that the DPM is “racist” for using the “bodoh” word, duh.
Then the Prime Minister’s CNY banners wishing gong xi fa cai were taken down by council workers. So were the 1Malaysia pennants put up to greet Psy and other guests to the BN Open House.
How spoilsport can Guan Eng get?
Finally to top it all, the pro-DAP crowd were led to cause public embarrassment to Najib Razak, someone who made the effort to don a Chinese-button red colour shirt as well as bring along his son to CNY functions to address the crowd in Mandarin.
Where is the graciousness of the Penang Pakatan people?
“Could have brought that Psy feller to Johor instead”
Rakesh Kumar commented 2013/02/13 at 2:33 pm:
“Holy Lucas, Batman! Am thinking of Star Wars: Attack of the Clones now. Factory loads of LGE clones unleashed…arrrrr……
“By the way, I think BN deserved the embarrassment when the crowd said no to it at that show. I mean, why would you want to go to a place you know so well is majority anti-BN, and you know that it is going to be mostly freeloading DAP supporters and ask if they support BN, I mean come on! You could have brought that Psy feller to Johor instead, there are more grateful people there.”
Han Chiang crowd were votes that BN never had anyway
My response to Rakesh originally here:
If sections of the crowd really shouted ‘No’ and other sections of the crowd jeered, then I think the BN should just face up to it and strategize thereon from this vector.
The kiasu behaviour reflects badly on the freeloaders and not on the PM who is seen to have made an effort to outreach to the other side.
Plus Najib can ride on the sympathy factor from the shoddy treatment meted out to him — the federal chief executive who’s willing to venture into ‘enemy’ territory and make offers.
The ‘No’ rejection is of little consequence as after all urban Penang is already in DAP pocket and whatever reception – warm or cold – given Najib wouldn’t change the outcome of the voting there. Those people in Han Chiang that day were votes that BN never had anyway.
However the behaviour of the Penangites led by their Malacca import (two states which are former crown colonies of Britain) has been put on display for the rest of Malaysia to see. Najib would have scored points with the non-Malay fence sitters.”
Other views along the same track
It takes two hands to clap
Shamshul Anuar reminds: ‘May this incident makes Najib realises what the Malays have been saying all this while … That Najib should not forget the time tested saying ‘it takes two to tango’.”
On the ‘middle finger’ incident that occurred in Penang during the same day:
Don’t be mean, don’t be petty
Bongek wrote 2013/02/13 at 12:34 pm (partial extract):
“I think Pakatan have to restrain their supporters. Their leaders must have the quality of being magnanimous, ie loftiness of spirit enabling one to besar trouble calmly, not to disdain meanness and pettiness and to display a noble generosity.
“I could not see that quality in LGE, Anwar or Hadi. I tried very hard not to be bias but honestly, I could see that quality in Najib despite all his shortcomings.”
Ask direct question, get straight answer
Suzaku wrote 2013/02/13 at 10:10 am:
“I really think what PM Najib did was a brave and the right thing to do.
If he really want to know the grass root then he need to meet them directly.
He gathered the people and ask them a direct question and he got a straight answer.
Now there is no other excuses can be given on the failure of MCA and Gerakan and they wont have a say if they are being sidelined in the next government if BN still in power.
Another point scored by our PM is by being in this situation he had made himself a victim of the Chinese and DAP and thus gather more support from the Malay and other races.
This can be a great political mileage if used wisely. To all BN supporter please be honest… The Chinese already made up their mind and we need to except the fact that this coming GE its Chinese vs BN.”
“Let Penang keep DAP and vice versa”
Garrett wrote 2013/02/12 at 11:20 pm:
“With regards to the PSY performance, the DAP’s critical comments and heckling of the concert and party’s host smacks of sour-grapes! They can’t have PSY but they want to spoil the party. How Hannah Yeoh (low-class) can you get?
“And for the Penangites who went there for the free food and free show, but jeered at the host, that’s in extremely bad taste and goes to show how cheap they are. Thus, let Penang keep DAP and vice versa. They deserve each other.”
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