Records show that BN is on the rise, regaining voters confidence with by-election wins in Galas and Tenang. BN claimed that they are back in business regardless of who they put up as candidate.
UMNO Jasin has forwarded 7 shortlisted name for Najib's consideration including Mohd Said Yusof, Jasin's former MP. Other names mentioned are the three chiefs ie Youth chief, Wanita chief, Putri chief whilst 3 committee members make up up the numbers.
Since Merlimau is BN's stronghold, why not BN choose Mohd Said Yusof as their candidate? This choice will be BN's benchmark for GE 13's candidates. Will the voters choice blinded by party or will they choose character over politics? If Mohd Yusof can win Merlimau, then BN can breathe easy and afford to put any Tom, Dick and Harry as candidates with business as usual...
UMNO prove that party post is an important criteria for candidate selection. Just look at the 7 shortlisted candidates - all have posts in Jasin division. So, in short, where is 1MPM6's idea of choosing a candidate who is "acceptable" to the voters? BN is shoving their candidate into the voters' throat - take it or leave it! For those who aspired to be selected as BN's candidates, take note of Merlimau...
On other points, still remember how MCA crowed that the Chinese are back into BN's fold after winning Galas and Tenang? Mind you that this is Chua SL's claim and he is MCA President!Why not Chua SL whisper into Najib's ears and beg for this chance and allow MCA to stand in Merlimau this time? Just to prove that the Chinese which makes up 21.1 % of the voters are back in the bag? Ada berani ke? BN should not be afraid, not in Merlimau which has been BN's traditional stronghold to go for the unconventional... with the Malay votes is BN's for the takings no matter who BN has to offer.
The same argument is applicable for Palanivel's MIC. MIC claimed that the Indians are the kingmakers so why not act as king by demanding Merlimau as the place to prove to Najib that the Indians are all for MIC? Indians make up 14 % of Merlimau voters and with the Malay votes almost 100% are reserved for BN, will BN take up this offer?
PPP ? Why not? They are also a BN component who was once slighted by Ali Rustam before. They too has to show that PPP is stronger without Murugiah who has since crossed over to be under MIC's shelter.
BN is spoil for choice in selecting a candidate to prove that BN has recovered from 208 flu. But... do you think BN is ready for "out of the box" decision? This scribe seriously doubt it. Najib is a play safe man. He is not the one willing to rock the boat and despite his pledges of getting the best person to represent Merlimau, his hands are tied and he has to choose one out of the seven shortlisted.
Even if all the seven are unqualified to be a candidate, Najib is not one who dares to cross sword with Ali Rustam. If Najib is not the type to cross sword with Ali Rustam, then do you hink Muhyiddein is up to mark to go one on one with Ali Rustam? Forget it.. Muhyiddein needs UMNO disciplinary board to win UMNO's deputy post by canning Ali Rustam through DQ two years back!
Seven shortlisted for Merlimau with none of them coming from the grassroots! Does that mean Merlimau's UMNO grassroot members are all incapable of being selected as candidate?
Since Merlimau is another BN stronghold, is Chua SL, Palanivel, Kayveas busy preparing speecehes crowing that the Chinese are back in MCA, the Indians are back in MIC and those Chinese, Indians and Malays who are not in MIC and MCA or UMNO are back in PPP?
Some claim that PR is falling apart or at least PKR's problems is breaking up the party. Why not use this golden chance to go for the unexpected? Select a BN candidate who is not from Jasin's shortlisted 7 and prove that UMNO Jasin can work with any person selected by Najib-Muhyiddein team!
BN, with all resources in its hands, is not ready to prove points. BN is only willing to go for that same formula - allowing Melaka UMNO to dictate who should be the candidate, even if it means Mohd Said Yusof! To BN, whoever they choose to win Merlimau is Wakil Parti and not Wakil Rakyat! To BN, their candidate is only Merlimau's wakil rakyat for 10 days ie during campaigning period. After that, that person is wakil parti who only laps Ali Rustam, Muhyiddin and Najib's boot and same say RM's high heels too...
Some may ask why nightcaller? It is my favourite TV series way back in the 80's.
Back then, Jack Killian @ nighthawk goes on the air nightly to talk about issues in USA whilst this scribe reach out to the netizens with apolitical views on issues that interest him inclusive of global issues. In commenting to other blogs, he goes by the nick nightcaller with the callsign "Till then...G'nite M'sia...wherever u are..."