I admired the strength and fighting spirit of the Pakatan Rakyat which comprises Party Keadilan, DAP and PAS. They are strange bed fellows but able to work together and rise to the occasion.
Despite of many quarrels, misunderstanding, different stand on various issues, and many dangers lurking within and without, the 3-member coalition seems to be holding up very well.
One of the powerful force against them is the Election Commission (EC). The recent rejection of resignation letters from the 3 state assembly persons in Perak is one of many David Vs Goliath situation that they have to face.
Today, the Election Commission officially announced that the by-elections for the Bukit Gantang parliamentary seat in Perak and the Bukit Selambau seat in Kedah will be held simultaneously on April 7. Nomination day is fixed on 29 March.
I have no ability to analysis what is the reason behind the dates chosen by the EC for the nomination and polling. But I always believed any decision by the EC is made in the best interest of the ruling BN, although EC is an independent commission appointed by the Yang Dipertuan Agong.
Why such a long waiting period? Almost one and a half month away! The nomination day of 29th March is just a day after UMNO election, very good timing!
I think the long period of time before nomination and polling is to give BN in general, UMNO in particular more time to settle in ( internal problems), and the new Perak state government to "buy" the hearts of the voters..... It also allows Najib to take over the helm of the Prime Ministership on1-3-2009 without hitches.
More importantly, it is a conspiracy. Chinese saying: "long night, more dreams". It is a disadvantage to the Oppositions. May be they are hoping more (if any) frogs and snakes from Pakatan would come out to cause trouble for their own parties(especially in Kedah).
I thought the former EC Chairman Abdul Rashid is snaky, the new Chairman Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof is worse, he is a snake in wolf skin.
It may backfire! Just wait and see!
我非常敬佩人民联盟（民联）的战斗精神及能力。这个由三个政党 - 公正党、民主行动党及回教党组成的联盟，虽然是同床异梦的三个伙伴，但还能够合作，也能够面对挑战。
虽然时常有争吵 、误会 、对许多课题有不同的见解，还有内在及外在隐藏的危险，但到目前为止，还算是能够合的来，维持一体。