Politics of Perception…sort of, I guess…

Posted on March 12, 2011

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The Politics of Perception means that to reach one’s goal, reality needs to be distorted to one’s advantage. The Chief Minister of Sarawak believes that in this year’s State elections, the Malaya-based opposition and their fragile coalition will go all out in using this strategy.

However, not all opposition politicians have got the knack for this Politics of Perception (and probably not much better at the Politics of Reality, either), as demonstrated up north, recently.

Case in point is the chap from DAP Miri, who recently tried adopting the Politics of Perception but ended up acknowledging how hard the incumbent has been working for his constituents.

Apparently, the DAP YB wannabe said: “Hard work alone is not enough, you still need to get your directions right, which we (DAP) have always maintained.”

And he then apparently followed that up with: “He’s (Chia) hiding behind BN (Barisan Nasional). He really should be worried about keeping his seat.”

Hard work alone is not enough??…He should be worried about keeping his seat?? WTF!!

I always thought the real danger in politics was that if you didn’t work hard enough, you’d end up alone (or seat-less!).

I’m just curious though about what the DAP YB wannabe meant when he said “get your directions right”.

I wonder if he meant the hardworking BN YB should cut down on the hard work and focus instead on pointing at drains and holding press conferences to appear in the newspapers. I wonder.

In any case, I’d like to thank the DAP YB wannabe for pointing out how hardworking YB Andy Chia of BN component SUPP has been in serving the rakyat in his constituency N.64 Pujut.

Congratulations YB Andy Chia…in advance. With opponents like the one you have in Pujut, who needs supporters.

The Borneo Post article, copied verbatim from the printed copy because I couldn’t find it online:

Fong says he will defeat Chia in Pujut

MIRI: Democratic Action Party (DAP) Miri branch chairman Fong Pau Teck said he will defeat Pujut assemblyman Andy Chia in the upcoming election.

Fong said he did not think highly of his rival’s chances of defending the seat because Chia was taking the “wrong direction”.

“Hard work alone is not enough, you still need to get your directions right, which we have always maintained,” he said.

“He’s (Chia) hiding behind BN (Barisan Nasional). He really should be worried about keeping his seat.”

On the length of the campaign period, he said a shorter time is preferred.

“The shorter it is, the better for us actually, since we have always been ready.”

* published on Friday, March 11, 2011