I was busy with multiple events and shows managed by my company and did not post anything on the Sibu by-election. However, I have been following the news and updates on the sideline.
The Sibu by-election defeat is a wake up call for PM Najib. He should take note that vote buying and promise of funds for votes will not work anymore. This method is outdated and outmoded. As a PM who wants to ride on the reform platform, Najib should have promised the voters more reforms in UMNO and Barisan.
His party men and leaders have been anything but respectful and humble. Najib must state his stand on various issues and challenges brought out by his men and supporters. We want to know his stand on Perkasa, the May 13 gathering, Dr Mahathir's stand on Malay supremacy, a fair and just society and the rule of law.
Najib should know better than trying to entice voters with development funds. His gesture was seen as insincere and arrogant. It is unacceptable for the federal government to ignore the needs to Sibuans for more than 2 decades especially amenities and facilities upgrade and flood mitigation.
Sarawak is at the crossroads. The people are sick of elitist rule where everything revolves around a few aristocrat families.
Najib must heed the call for reforms by:
1) Truly implementing the spirit of his 1Malaysia slogan - fair and equality for all
2) Reject racism within his party and declare his opposition against organizations and individuals such as Perkasa, Dr M and other right winged leaders
3) Combat corruption and not doing it himself
4) Respect the rule of law
5) Implement real political reforms
Pakatan needs to pull up their socks too. The coalition can deliver if they stick together and work closely. However, PKR should review its entire leadership structure and strategy. The party must prepare to ride out of Anwar's shadow and the latter must accept an advisory role by helping to groom good and calibre new and untainted leaders.
Sibu had voted for change. Both coalitions must deliver their reform promises.