Vivere Pericoloso – Barisan Rakyat !!!

The title of this post reflects what I feel about the state of Barisan Alternatif  (BA) or Barisan Rakyat (BR) today.

Yes, it is true that BA or BR has been given a new lease of life as they have wrested  5 states from BN.

But it seems that they are facing a daunting task.

The first is about the very existence of BR it self. As of the time of this posting, (see this post: Is there such a thing called Barisan Rakyat ? ) it is not clearly known whether BR exist formally as a united political pact. If  (eventually) it does, then this bodes well for BR. If it does not, then things will be difficult.

Secondly, just hours after the first of the opposition state govt was sworn in, it has been “attacked” by one of the main stream media. Particularly Lim Guan Eng the new Penang Chief Minister:

Pulau Pinang bebas DEB – Guan Eng
11/03/2008 8:59pm

PULAU PINANG 11 Mac – Hanya beberapa jam selepas mengangkat sumpah jawatan sebagai Ketua Menteri Pu lau Pinang, Lim Guan Eng berkata, kerajaan campuran DAP-Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) akan mentadbir negeri itu bebas daripada Dasar Ekonomi Baru (DEB) yang beliau dakwa akan mewujudkan kronisme, amalan rasuah dan sistem yang tidak cekap.

Dalam ucapan sulungnya sebagai Ketua Menteri, beliau berkata, kerajaan negeri baru itu akan melaksanakan sistem tender terbuka bagi semua pemerolehan dan kontrak kerajaan.

This “attack” is made clear here:

Berikutan kenyataan Guan Eng itu, beliau ditanya mengenai hak-hak orang Melayu dan jawabnya: “Nasib semua bangsa dan untung nasib mereka adalah sama.

“Saya tak mahu cakap tentang nasib golongan itu atau golongan ini kerana nasib kita semua adalah sama dan hala tuju kita juga adalah sama

Are the readers aware what people in Utusan is trying to do?

They are trying to….. _______________________ .

I’m sure many readers can fill in the blanks.

In saying that I cannot but wonder what is going on. Aren’t Utusan aware that they has the responsibility not to ponder of racially sensitive issues?

Contrast this with the Malaysiakini report: Guan Eng sworn in as Penang CM 

A better way for Utusan to go about this issue is to print out in full Lim Guan Eng’s speech. Yes, print out in full LGE’s ucapan sulung (maiden speech). And then let their readers decide what Lim Guan Eng have said.

Of course, it is quite likely that Utusan will not do that… Why? Readers should be able to tell why…. Anyway, I may be wrong. Where I am right now, I can’t get a hard copy of Utusan Malaysia. So I base my judgement* on the online version of Utusan. My judgement is based o n the wordings that Utusan used in that news-article. It seems to me that the wordings are… I don’t have the words for it… but I know something is not right….

Also, just to compare – read the BBC report about the same issue – Penang abandons pro-Malay policy .

Whatever it is, I suppose it is appropriate to say this to Barisan Alternatif or Barisan Rakyat:

Vivere Pericoloso** – Barisan Rakyat !!!

 Why do I say this…???

 I’m sure readers know the answer(s)……..

 It is so obvious!



* There is a term for this “attack”. This is called spin-doctoring. I am not a sophisticated journalist with the ability to use words to manipulate meaning; so perhaps readers can refer to Rocky’s Bru in his post Is Mukhriz all for Abdullah? for a better explanation.

**What is vivere pericoloso? Just go to this post – The Origin of the phrase – Vivere Pericoloso!


Admittedly for the current Penang Govt and for all potential BR or BA governments, they will be “living dangerously” should they decide to drop the DEB, DEB like policies or any pro-Malay policies.  Because – as to drop these pro-Malay policies, they have to contend with potential Malay back-lash which is at this stage is very possible with or without Utusan “attacks” or negative “spin-doctoring”.

So whatever it is – Vivere Pericoloso – Barisan Rakyat !!!

Perhaps they should “educate” and “inform” first before taking any drastic actions. In particular they should educate the Malays about the effects of NEP.  But this would be a long process.  As I said before, there is no conclusive evidence about the NEP.  See this post –Some fundamental problems in estimating the effects of NEP for more discussions.

A potential backlash from the Malays – maybe… and this is likely under the current circumstances …. so Vivere Pericoloso – Barisan Rakyat !!!


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