In the lead up to the June 18th by-elections in Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar, Pakatan Harapan (DAP, PKR, Amanah et al) is like a cook trying to add seasoning to a meal to make it more palatable!
They are doing this so that no matter how the results turn out, they will be seen in a favorable light. Or that is how they want to be viewed.
If par chance the Opposition scrapes by with a minor victory, they will proclaim from the highest mountain that they victory no matter how marginal is a referendum on Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s leadership! It would be as if they (Opposition) had 1.2 million voters for them when in reality the numbers may be far less as Tun Mahathir can attest!
Conversely, if Team Barisan Nasional wins by let’s say a small margin then the Opposition will still attest that it is a referendum against Prime Minister Najib Razak’s leadership!
An even larger BN win would probably have the Opposition saying something to the nature that the BN government promised those who vote for their candidates will receive a bungalow somewhere in Penang as they are available way below market value as recent history proves!
The Opposition will also blame PAS for any positive outcome for Umno in Kuala Kangsar and Sungai Besar stating that both PAS and Umno are in cahoots as if the two (2) if they ever decided to should never cooperate! Some of the Opposition’s reactions over PAS and Umno being seen together or communicating is likened to a jealous spouse who says if I can’t have you, I don’t want anyone else to have you! They will make this pronouncement while feigning a hug for Amanah!
In the collective mind of the Opposition (Tun Mahathir included) there is no rational explanation for the rakyat to vote in favor of Prime Minister Najib Razak and the Barisan Nasional government! Therefore, any victory is only a victory for the candidate and the Prime Minister played no role what so ever in the outcome!
We can expect that type of spin when things don’t go the Opposition’s way; which is the very same position they had taken when they (Opposition) were largely defeated in Sarawak!
The Opposition along with Tun Mahathir cannot come to turns with the rakyat not wanting what they have to offer! 1MDB, GST and Save Malay pleas are not what the people want to hear!
But it seems that is all the Opposition has to offer. That is why they want to keep the focus on things like 1MDB, GST, hudud as well as trying to make the Sungai Besar and Kula Kangsar by-elections a referendum on the Prime Minister’s leadership!
Having failed before, will those issues take root this time around!
It stands to reason that the Opposition will be hard pressed to come up with another spin for any type of Team Barisan Nasional by-election win!