Really, who's sleeping with who in Sabah?

Dec 9, 2012 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: The Star Online

The newest political party in the eastern state may impact the coming general election in just about any way, depending on who you ask.

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Joan

Hillsboro, OR

#1 Dec 10, 2012
Star Sabah is not gaining momentum. I don't think so.
Joan

Hillsboro, OR

#2 Dec 10, 2012
The opposition are all sabotaging one another, that is no good for neither of them.
Joan

Hillsboro, OR

#3 Dec 10, 2012
Why is Jeffrey so afraid to be linked with UMNO?
Joan

Hillsboro, OR

#4 Dec 10, 2012
Even going extreme measures to sue people of said that, really Dr Jeffrey?
Joan

Hillsboro, OR

#5 Dec 10, 2012
Star Sabah is not strong enough to topple BN-UMNO.
Joan

Hillsboro, OR

#6 Dec 10, 2012
With the current problem of disunity among the opposition, there is no chance for them to take down BN.
Joan

Hillsboro, OR

#7 Dec 10, 2012
Instead of cooperating in a strategy, the opposition are more focused on sabotaging each other.
Joan

Hillsboro, OR

#8 Dec 10, 2012
All the better for BN Sabah if the opposition are fighting each other.
Joan

Hillsboro, OR

#9 Dec 10, 2012
There is no need to spread rumors if the opposition are not afraid of competition.
Joan

Hillsboro, OR

#10 Dec 10, 2012
In fact, the opposition has been spreading rumors about BN when nearing the elections.
John

Asia/Pacific Region

#11 Dec 10, 2012
What's going on Joan?
Its about "dirty politic" in Malaysia?
vladimir

Scranton, PA

#12 Dec 14, 2012
Nearly one year ago, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak urged Barisan Nasional to come to full election readiness; began the candidate selection process; and called the governing pact's parties to a war footing.
vladimir

Scranton, PA

#13 Dec 14, 2012
In the year since, Najib has not only repeatedly gone to ground himself, but has overseen other BN leaders doing so. In the same time, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and Pakatan leaders have gone to wherever a friendly media outlet may be found, to various courts, and to their usual places of leisure.
vladimir

Scranton, PA

#14 Dec 14, 2012
In what was seemingly a surprising turn of events, Pakatan's leadership have now discovered that they are not prepared for an election that could be called at any time. Thus, at what was supposed to be a major DAP rally at its annual convention in Selangor (roughly one-fifth of all delegates showed up), DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng and party stalwart Teresa Kok (MP-Seputeh) warned those delegates who bothered to appear that all was not well.
vladimir

Scranton, PA

#15 Dec 14, 2012
Working off of what he described as secret sources, Guan Eng informed listeners that Barisan Nasional was at a high state of readiness, from 47 per cent to 90 per cent depending on racial area and state, whilst DAP is not.
vladimir

Scranton, PA

#16 Dec 14, 2012
The younger Lim's message to state delegates then vacillated between "Selangor is solidly Pakatan" and "if we are not ready, we cannot be sure of victory." At a subsequent press conference, he admitted that he was not pleased by Selangor DAP's readiness level, though he would not disclose what that level was or how it was measured.
vladimir

Scranton, PA

#17 Dec 14, 2012
All of this coincided with news that Pakatan Rakyat is once again fumbling in Borneo, where they have intermittently focused their attention since GE12. Roughly once every six months, Pakatan leaders announce that they are challenging BN's 'fixed deposit' in the Borneo states, and then virtually nothing comes of it.
vladimir

Scranton, PA

#18 Dec 14, 2012
The fights over seat allocations with local parties, the inability to bring the Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) into the fold, the quixotic relationship with Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan's State Reform Party (STAR), the complete failure to understand rural Sarawak, the on-again and off-again indifference to the unique issues in Borneo, all of these and more have doomed Pakatan so that they can now merely claim a handful of seats at GE13, down from their promise to take the states altogether.
vladimir

Scranton, PA

#19 Dec 14, 2012
One might be tempted to note that this complete inability to prepare for an election that Pakatan's leaders themselves describe as imminent (and which must be called by April in any event) is just another feature of a coalition formed of inherently incompatible parties. While undoubtedly true, that is too facile by far.
vladimir

Scranton, PA

#20 Dec 14, 2012
The greater truth is that Pakatan Rakyat are fantastically good at holding a ceramah, they are very comfortable before cameras and friendly (and at times unfriendly) media, they are terribly good at political slander and grandstanding.

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