In little more than a week from now, Najib Abdul Razak will be faced with the fact that he and his phoney 1Malaysia have finally lost Malaysia, and the vast majority of Malaysians will be congratulating themselves on having won their beloved country back.
Because even if BN manages to steal back into power by hook or its customary crook, it will be living on borrowed - or rather bought - time, and surviving only in fear and dread of how even more urgently than ever the people will want to see it destroyed.
But on balance, I'm betting that the people are disgusted and determined enough to seize their long-awaited chance to make this May 5 their ‘D-day'. ‘D' for the destruction of the dumb, despotic, deceitful, double-dealing and altogether despicable BN regime; ‘D' for the decent democracy most have dreamed of and been denied for decades.
And will be denied for many more decades to come, if BN is ever again allowed to have its way. As it is absolutely desperate to do, and thus is trying every dastardly dodge it can think of, from denying the disgraceful degree of gerrymandering, roll-stacking and outright bribery with public money that so tips elections in its favour as to make a total mockery of its dacing symbol, to illegally demanding the support of government servants.
Possibly the most blatant case of such illicit solicitation thus far has been that by Umno vice-president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (left), who according to Malaysiakini employed his position as caretaker defence minister to tell an audience of 600 army personnel at an official event in a camp in Johor Bahru that "I'm not asking for your support, I'm not campaigning. No, I merely ask for your votes, that's it".
And he was so arrogant in his committal of this outrage that he actually went on to turn to journalists who were covering the event and ‘joke': "The press, don't write this, ya!"
Apparently confident that the press - or at least the miserable BN-owned and dominated ‘mainstream' sector of it - wouldn't dream of writing a word against its masters, he then went on to try and dispel what he called "rumours" that the ballots of defence personnel are marked in favour of BN by their superior officers.
Cross BN off the list, more like
Claiming that "the secrecy and transparency of army votes will be protected with the unprecedented implementation of advanced voting for security-forces personnel in this general election", he then went on to urge his audience to "go ahead and cross whatever you want, as long as you cross BN".
Cross BN off the list, more like it. As I hope most Malaysians of Indian descent have finally decided to join those of other ethnicities in doing, in light of the way Hindraf's disgraceful recent double-crossing of their community.
Against all its previously-stated principles, Hindraf did what it called the "unthinkable" in signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with caretaker Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak and throwing its support behind the BN regime's bid to retain power, and if possible, regain the two-thirds majority it lost in 2008.
Hysterical attempts by P Waythamoorthy and his Hindraf henchmen to justify this "historic" act of treachery have been enough to make long-time BN stooge in charge of suckering while pretending to succour the Indian community, the vile and ever-venal S Samy Vellu.
Waythamoorthy had the hide to declare that "it doesn't matter whether Malaysia is ruled by Ravana (the demon of Hindu mythology) or Rama (the god) as long as disadvantaged Indians are finally taken care of.
Taken care of economically, that is, revealing that Hindraf's concern is as exclusively about money as BN's has long been. As Hindraf adviser N Ganesan later admitted, according to Malaysiakini, the group had to drop demands pertaining to human rights and the issue of Indian deaths in custody in making its financial deal with the devil.
How the hell the Hindraf head honchos managed to convince themselves that Najib would honour the agreement that he so gleefully signed with them is anybody's guess.
But it doesn't seem that they've been able to convince anyone else, as the rest of us are aware that behind Najib's claims to be the nation's great transformer, he's shown himself to be nothing but an incorrigible misinformer.
And thus, that he is as little likely to deliver on his promises to Hindraf as he has been to keep the promises he made to all Malaysians in his so-called Election Integrity Pledge.
A timely pre-GE13 reminder
Here, by way of a timely pre-election reminder, are the ‘principles' which Najib promised that he and other BN leaders would uphold in contesting the now-imminent general election:
*Truth, integrity, ethical conduct and accountability, including not accepting or giving bribes or being involved in corrupt practices in any way;
*Upholding and giving priority to the interests of the rakyat as a whole;
*Good governance and transparency; and
*Compliance with all the applicable laws and regulations of Malaysia.
As everybody very well knows, Najib and his BN accomplices have broken every single word of this alleged pledge, and clearly never had the slightest intention of adhering to it in the first place.
Thus, only proving for the umpteenth time that their capacity for pathological lying and perjury is surpassed only by their appetite for plunder.
Not to mention their perversion of justice for the purpose of escaping punishment for the countless billions they and their cronies have picked from Malaysians' pockets, as well as for all the lives they have callously taken in the process.
Hindraf may prefer ringgit above human rights and lives, but millions of other Malaysians will be going to the polls on May 5 determined to both regain their stolen rights and to avenge BN the likes of Altantuya Shaariibuu, Teoh Beng Hock, A Kugan and the hundreds of other BN victims.
For these and its countless other crimes and corruptions, BN must finally - and for once and for all - be destroyed. And after all these decades of domination and depredation by this detestable regime, every honest, sentient and upstanding Malaysian deserves the satisfaction of sharing in its destruction.
DEAN JOHNS, after many years in Asia, currently lives with his Malaysian-born wife and daughter in Sydney, where he coaches and mentors writers and authors and practises as a writing therapist. Published books of his columns for Malaysiakini include ‘Mad about Malaysia', ‘Even Madder about Malaysia', ‘Missing Malaysia', ‘1Malaysia.con' and ‘Malaysia Mania'.