Many of my friends including myself are working very hard behind the scene in spreading the message and calling for the March To Putrajaya by supporting Pakatan Rakyat.
Lately, many are getting very tired and feel illusion from the behavior of PR leaders, mainly from PKR. As usual, like any other leaders, they only wanted to listen to the people surrounding them which very often provided them with only news, false or otherwise that the leaders wanted to hear and not from the rakyat on the ground.
The voters trusted and believed in Anwar Ibrahim, a true and capable leader that can lead the change for a better Malaysia. His capability to cement and bond the three political parties, DAP, PAS and PKR together is well known everywhere.
Now, what happened to this great figure, who seems not able to resolve his own party problem? Is his party so much bigger than the three parties coalition that he cannot controlled nor managed? Is he being fed the wrong information from his close aids that everything is still fine, his support is gaining more ground and Putrajaya is now within reached or even closer? But let me tell him, the sentiment on the ground is totally different, many are questioning his integrity and ability to lead them to Putrajaya. How can he lead the whole country when he cannot even put out the small fire now raging inside his party?
DAP also has its own problems but kept under tab, how long can it hold before all the problems burst into the open? They really need to look into it and solved the problems and not to let it simmer.
PAS will most likely face with problems only when Umno challenged and instigated the Malays regarding religion and PAS working with DAP.
Contrary to many who believed that the 13th GE is a do or die mission for Umno-BN, I would say its just the opposite, its a do or die mission for PR if PR does not shape up it will be shipped out.
Paktan Rakyat leaders must start to look into minute details how they are going to campaign for the coming 13th GE and the selection of their candidates.
I am not sure any of the PR leaders would want to listen to this one stupid rakyat comment and opinion but anyway I will still write what is on my mind.
My general ideas for Pakatan Rakyat on their planning for the coming 13th General Election:
1) PR must start to talk and act like they are running the federal government.
2) Stop the bashing and challenging of Umno-BN failings to do this or that, price increases, mega projects, wastage of public fund etc.
3) Instead, chart out a program what PR will do to rectify all the wrongs being done by the previous government.
a) What would PR do for each of the state, from Perlis to Sabah.
b) Removed all unfriendly projects and reintroduce projects that are beneficial to the people as well as to the FDI.
c) How PR will distribute funds to all the states irrespective which political party is controlling.
d) A special fund set up to help all the poor Malaysians (set a level mark for earning figures to indicate what constitute as poor) from working families, agriculture to small traders.
e) A one time discount for first time buyers of housing costing 150k and below. Bumi discount will continue but will only be once per person for unit costing 350k and below. (These are just examples, PR needs to study further in details to avoid the soon to be opposition twisting and spinning the actual facts.)
There are many items that you can think off and how PR is going to implement them.
4) Removed all archaic laws and introduced laws that are more aligned to the 21st century.
5) Working with the police force on how to make Malaysia a safer place to live in.
6) How to control the influx of illegal immigrants.
7) How to fight inflation and keep consumer good prices affordable
8) Will toll be totally abolished or a total revamp of the rates calculation, reducing the financial burden for the rakyat.
9) Bang on transparency and how it can save the country billions of ringgit. Use chart and figures as proof available from PR ruled States.
All the above are just what I think the rakyat wanted to know and PR may need a few good economists to help out further.
PR must campaign on the same platform with the same ideas and topics throughout the country rather than telling different stories to different audience.
Lastly the candidates.
There are going to be big fights over the selection of candidates, trust me. PR should start screening all their potential candidates for their integrity, honesty, but most important are they willing to work for the rakyat and not for self glory and power. There are many existing Aduns, MPs that are good which could be retained while a few may have to go, whether they like it or not.
For this coming 13th GE, voters will definitely weigh the candidates as well in their decision whom to vote as they had seen too many frogs jumping after the 12th GE.
In conclusion, Pakatan Rakyat cannot continue their old method of 'opposition like' campaigning, not any tom, dick or harry is a suitable candidate, forget about the 308 tsunami and start creating a new wave, stop listening in total whatever your close aids are feeding you, start cleaning up your own backyard, stop boasting, praising yourself, just remember no leaders are indispensable.