I spent a few days in Johor Bharu talking to people I know and old classmates, shop owners, Grab drivers and the mak cik in Larkin Market — the “representatives” of ordinary Malaysians. The week before that I was in Beruas and Lumut in Perak. The concerns of the people there are the same, and are centred mainly on their livelihood and how the prices of most things are increasing beyond what their income allows them to buy. They are worried about not being able to save enough and if their children will ever be able to afford to buy a house for themselves. They are all looking forward to the General Election.
Don’t get me wrong: I was not campaigning for anyone and I am not lobbying for a seat. I just wanted to know how the people felt about this coming election.
They must be worried when they see Opposition leaders fighting among themselves. I am trying to make sense of why Opposition leaders are squabbling and calling each other liars when the votes are ripe for the taking.
Maybe this is what happens when they think the government is about to fall. There is a mad rush as Opposition groups try to secure as many seats as possible for themselves. All they think about is the interest of their group, because they all believe that winning is inevitable. PKR is particularly visible as the party that wants to control Putrajaya (interim PM notwithstanding). They want to dictate the terms that other Opposition groups must follow. They are behaving as if they are the de facto leader of the coalition. In Selangor and in Negeri Sembilan, they showed their true colours.
I am not going to say much more about the Opposition, before some of you lash out at me and accuse me of being ungrateful or being sour grapes, etc. All I can say is that if there is no change in government this coming election, it will be mainly because the Opposition coalition was unable to instil discipline and manage the prima donnas in PKR well.