Friday, October 16, 2009

Dealing With A Good Loss

“But there is suffering in life, and there are defeats. No one can avoid them. But it's better to lose some of the battles in the struggles for your dreams than to be defeated without ever knowing what you're fighting for” ~ Paulo Coelho

Pakatan Rakyat (“PR”) has been harshly criticised since losing Bagan Pinang’s (“BP”) by-election to corrupted UMNO.

Mr Wenger told me not to be too disappointed – winning and losing is part of the game. Mr Duke The Whisperer asked me how was I doing, dealing with the loss. Surprise, surprise, I told these concerned gentlemen that I am doing perfectly fine because, as scientifically proven*, my mind is locked on the last two words – corrupted UMNO – in the first sentence.

* Note 1 – we are innately pre-programmed to pay attention to the last words or any negative words in a sentence.

'Well Oiled Referees’

There’s a saying that corruption follows you till the grave so what is winning when we know the referee is biased i.e. isn’t performing ethically? Do you still remember why my Favourite Frenchman was fuming mad during Gunners-MUFC’s match in Old Trafford last August?

“Corruption is authority plus monopoly minus transparency”

Only this afternoon, one Mamat proposed in one assembly that “Federal aid to the governments of opposition-ruled states should be reduced and be channelled directly to the people there because opposition parties were getting mileage out of the socio-economic programmes in these states, when little do the people know that what the opposition government is giving comes from the -tuuuut- Federal government”. Little does this Mamat know that the money belongs to the people and not to one or two political parties.

Here in this Ibu Pertiwi, the ‘referees’ are subservient to the ‘Demi-Gods’ they ‘worship, causing them to become paranoid, suspicious and neurotic by any attempts to ‘rock their boats filled with treasures’. Let’s pray that their conscience will be clear, soon. Amin 44x.

Dealing with this Good Loss

Mr. Dnightcaller says this loss is a good one and I have to agree with that.

Vanquish ‘Hantu” Supporters

Based on his experience in BP, he told me that most supporters of PR were not genuine – they jumped on the ‘bandwagon’ to get the opportunity to torment UMNO supporters. Instead of blessings to PR, they became a nuisance to the local people and their votes for UMNO are a telltale sign of their protest to these ‘hantu’ supporters.

Memartabatkan and Memakmurkan Rakyat Tempatan

“Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean” ~ Ryunosuke Satoro

It is a good lesson to PR supporters that in any campaign, the locals are THE Kingmakers. We must learn to be their confidante – what are their concerns, problems and aspirations – and only then, we could gain their respect, their trust and be their saviours, when they decided to do so. Dr Zul has proven his mettle to fight for Rakyat Tempatan in Broga – with Madam Alice Lee, he is a good example of an activist. BP needs an activist to help the local people to address their local issues.

PR should know by now that campaigning and helping people are not seasonal – they should be continuously done, regardless if it is your constituency or not.

They should start being a watchdog to the elected ADUN, to ensure that the rights of local people are well taken care of i.e. goodies distributed are not gifts but delayed rights after all these years of inaction by the elected ADUN.

Exorcise ‘Hantu’ Leaders

This loss should eliminate the ‘Trojan Horses’ and baddies in PR – those so-called leaders of People Power because they could have ‘worked’ hand in hand with BN. These ‘leeches’ normally have their personal agenda or problems that it is too easy to ‘entice’ them with goodies.

In addition, this shock is vital for survival of PR because ‘When defeat comes, accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound, rebuild those plans, and set sail once more toward your coveted goal”. So, what’s the coveted goal of PR, in which we have bestowed our hopes for a better Ibu Pertiwi in the last GE? Is it power? Or is it for us, the common people?

“The opposition is indispensable. A good statesman, like any other sensible human being, always learns more from his opponents than from his fervent supporters” ~ Walter Lippmann

It’s time for serious soul-searching, for both PR leaders and us because “We learned much more from defeat than we ever learned from winning”, about each other.

Let’s not forget the legendary speech of Mr. Abraham Lincoln in Gettysburg: –

“The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work, which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us, that from these honoured dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion, that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth”

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