Rafizi Ramli (PKR secretary-general) will try to help the Opposition bounce back from their devastating election defeat in Sarawak.
He plans to do this by recycling old stories of how the Goods and Services Tax (GST) is hurting the rakyat. Perhaps Rafizi has overlooked the fact that trying to resurrect GST doesn’t bring about the type of response that the Opposition (DAP, PKR, Amanah) will need to make a difference on Election Day!
If Rafizi has such ground shaking information; why hold back! Or as they say in the West during wedding ceremonies; speak now or forever hold your piece! He therefore should share it all at once and be done with it!
Perhaps Rafizi believes that a daily dose of the ills of GST will cause those who are fasting to connect the GST to their not eating and not connect their fasting to their love for Islam!
It is hard to imagine that those who are fasting and those who are not, will sit around and wait with baited breaths to hear what Rafizi has to offer.
If what he (Rafizi) has to offer is of such importance, he would have certainly shared it before the election in Sarawak!
If he had, then it is obvious from the results that the information did not help the Opposition achieve its goals in East Malaysia. If he did not share the information then one has to wonder; why not!
As no one could foresee the events that had taken place to bring about the Kuala Kangsar and Sungai Besar by-elections; Rafizi could have certainly gone all out to share his ground shaking information in order to secure a win for the Opposition in Sarawak!
There was no compelling reason to hold back unless he (Rafizi) was waiting for GE14 to drop the GST bomb!
What Rafizi and the Opposition want is for the rakyat to believe that they are suffering and that the Opposition has the cure for this imagined suffering!
And what is the Opposition’s well thought out cure that they have spent countless days and hours coming with? Abolish the GST!
Not only abolish the GST, but also introduce subsidies give this and give that, yada, yada, yada!
Throughout the world and in most elections, Opposition parties promise to do the same thing; get rid of a government program that is unpopular, yet necessary and promise the people anything that they believe the people want to hear!
The Opposition (DAP, PKR, Amanah et al) never tell you where the funds will come from to replace what the GST is no longer generating for the good of the nation as well as not mentioning where the funds will come from to pay for the election promises that they make to the people!
The rakyat is realizing that even though the GST was not initially popular (as grassroots explanation was slowly discriminated), its enactment was necessary as a mean for the government to continue to move Malaysia forward. The same forward progress which played a central role for Team Barisan National’s win in Sarawak.
With nothing to in hand to counter the BN’s success; the Opposition can only resurrect GST, hoping it will have better results in the upcoming by-elections.
Who knows, perhaps Rafizi GST exposé can bounce back from its missed flight to Sarawak by taking an express train to Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar in hopes of saving the Opposition from yet another election loss!