The title is a quotation by John Donne which goes “Perchance he for whom this bell tolls may be so ill, as that he knows not it tolls for him; and perchance I may think myself so much better than I am, as that they who are about me, and see my state, may have caused it to toll for me, and I know not that”.
The quote in some respects perfectly sums up the plight of the opposition.
When the opposition does a post mortem on the events resulted in the beat down they have collectively taken in Sarawak’s election; they should come to the conclusion that they were ill by were self deluded in thinking that they were well!
No doubt the DAP and PKR believe this as they constantly sent a barrage of unfounded accusations at the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and the government at large and received only scant responses from the Prime Minister.
The opposition to their detriment believe that the Prime Minister’s lack of response was due to some internal guilt on his part or the lack of a fighting spirit! Whichever the case, they perceived themselves (opposition) to be ‘well’ and headed for the first of many political wins!
On their (oppostion’s) part they no doubt believed that bombarding the public with accusations that the Prime Minister was responsible for looting billions of Ringgit from 1MDB would cause the Parliament and the public to demand for the Prime Minister resign or be arrested.
To influence the public even more; the opposition held a ‘People’s Congress’, A Citizen’s Declaration and a Save Malaysia Rally! These were done in their effort to further show how Malaysia was ‘ill’ and that they (DAP, PKR Tun ‘M’ et al) had a cure as they are the doctor that could cure all of Malaysia’s illnesses.
The plan was to cure Malaysia by first ousting the Prime Minister, the cabinet then change government in Sarawak and finally capture Putrajaya!
However, the opposition should have realized that their ‘Kajang Move’ was a sign of things to come as egotism is a poor substitute for the lack of planning skills and having a clear strategy!
So the ‘Kajang Move’ failed! (here) and it was part of a growing list of failures!
Trying to create events to get Former DPM Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin in as the new Prime Minister failed! (here)
Tun ‘M’ wanting to also use the change of Prime Minister to position his son Mukhriz to be the future number one; failed! (here)
Trying to oust the Prime Minister by falsely charging that he stole money; failed! ( )
A few opposition members’ effort to try to sow discord between the Deputy Prime Minister and the Prime Minister; failed. (here)
The opposition belief that a running a negative campaign against the Sarawak’s government and the national government resulted in a Big Fail!
The election in Sarawak demonstrated what the citizens there thought of the opposition’s politics; they rejected it! Sarawakians are optimistic and see Malaysia’s as having a healthy future! (here)
Given all of the opposition’s failures; one only has to think of the modified ‘For Whom the bell tolls quote:
‘Perchance them (the opposition) for whom this bell tolls may be so ill, as that they know not it tolls for them; and perchance they may think themselves so much better than they are, as that those who are about them, and see their state, may have caused it to toll for them, and they know not that’.
The bell was tolled for the opposition and they believed to be for the demise of Malaysia’s democracy when in fact, it was Malaysians sending a message to the opposition that the bell was for them and that democracy in Malaysia is live and well!