Since nomination day, I have not been visiting the PKR propaganda machine, also known as Sarawak Report (an opposition blog), as often as I have in past weeks.
I suddenly realised it’s not as relevant in this election as I thought it was going to be.
With so many things happening every day in Sarawak, the opposition blog was just getting a bit too tiring, a bit too formulaic. A bit too boring.
Besides, in the past few days, the online space has been getting more and more exciting and blogs and websites from all sides are coming up with some very interesting materials for all of us to absorb.
I guess that was always one of the disadvantages of having an armchair journalism operation based in London town instead of Kuching town or Sibu town or Miri town…it’s always better to be closer to the action!
Anyway, the reason I’m bringing up this PKR propaganda machine again was because I came across a story in Star’s online news portal about the opposition blog’s blue-eyed-boy, the “Chief Minister-apparent from the highlands”.
That is, Chief Minister-apparent IF the coalition of convenience sometimes known as Pakatan Rakyat, manages to win 36 or more seats in this 10th State election.
For weeks and months now, Sarawak Report has been highlighting this lawyer and making him out to be the only one that is capable of becoming the next Chief Minister of our beloved State.
Why you may ask has he been bestowed with such an honour? Well, he is after all the leader of PKR in Sarawak now.
That is after PKR realised that it’s not the wisest thing in the world to appoint a guy from Malaya to be the PKR leader in Sarawak.
When I say not the wisest, I meant it was the dumbest thing in the world to do!
Anyway, that’s all water under the bridge now, as PKR will probably never repeat that mistake…Probably…Maybe…Who knows?
So what’s changed now, you may ask?
Well, apparently the only ones still excited about making the blue-eyed-boy the next “coalition of convenience” chief minister are the people of the opposition blog Sarawak Report and the Sarawakians in default coalition Pakatan Rakyat.
PKR Malaya now doesn’t seem to think that it’s such a good idea to limit their choices so soon.
Basically, it’s a preemptive move by PKR Malaya – they’ve basically counted the chickens, even though they realise some of the eggs may turn out to be fake.
But because the chickens have already been counted and they’ve even planned on how the chickens will be served for the kenduri doa selamat, they are now of the opinion that the blue-eyed-boy should not be the automatic choice to become the next Chief Minister of Sarawak.
I don’t want to speculate on who they have in mind now, but at least their lie has been uncovered before it’s too late.
When I say too late, I meant too late for us to realise that they’ve been misleading Sarawakians into believing they’ve already named a candidate to become a CM, IF they win.
What we know for sure now is that PKR has lied to its Dayak leaders…when it appointed a guy from Malaya to be the party leader in Sarawak (which later caused a lot of Dayak leaders to leave PKR in utter disgust).
We also know that they’ve lied to SNAP (and SNAP lied back to them, and so forth…it’s complicated!) just prior to the start of the election campaign.
And we also know that PKR has lied to its first (and only) elected representative in Sarawak, as I mentioned in an earlier post.
And the latest lie is of course the lie to the blue-eyed-boy of the opposition blog Sarawak Report.
And PKR nearly got away with another lie…this time to the people of Sarawak…had the party not revealed that it was currently in the act of counting chickens before the fake and real eggs had actually hatched.
So now we know. And so now we won’t let ourselves be lied to.
Phew! That was close!
The counting of chickens by PKR, as viewed by The Star:
Baru as CM raises questions among many
By RAHIMY RAHIN
Tuesday April 12, 2011
KUCHING: The position of PKR chief Baru Bian as the likely chief minister if Pakatan Rakyat wins in the state election is now in the balance with a senior party official denying a decision was ever made in the first place.
Baru was first touted as a possible chief minister several months ago by the Movement for Change, Sarawak (MoCS) , which is closely aligned with Pakatan Rakyat.
And his name cropped up again when Pakatan Rakyat unveiled its 10-point manifesto last Friday with state DAP secretary Chong Chieng Jen saying that his party gave full support to the Ba’Kelalan candidate to be the next chief minister if the opposition coalition won.
PKR vice-president Tian Chua, however, twittered yesterday that no decision had been made by PR on it and it was not the right time to choose anyone.
“Not true, no decision by PR. It is not the right time to choose anyone lah,” he said.
PAS state Datuk Seri Nizar Jamaluddin, who is the former Perak Mentri Besar, had earlier stated that his party also had no problem if Baru was appointed.
This announcement saw posters of Baru as the next chief minister appearing in various Malay and Melanau constituencies and PKR has been trying hard to defuse the matter which has become a hot issue among Muslim bumiputra voters.
PKR Youth chief Ahmad Nazib Johari described the distribution of the posters as racist propaganda.
He said that PKR supported Chong’s statement but he was not in a position to speak on behalf of the other opposition parties.
“According to our president Datuk Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, the decision to elect Baru Bian as the next chief minister was not final. We will discuss the matter with the other parties if we win,” said Nazib who is involved in a straight fight with state Housing and Urban Development Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg of PBB for Satok.
Santubong MP Datuk Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar questioned the credibility and experience of Baru as a choice for the chief minister’s post.
“What does he (Baru) have?” he asked, adding that a chief minister needed vast experience in managing and representing the people.
That’s why the people should choose the Barisan, which had a proven track record in managing the state, he added.