The BN’s politics of direct candidates

Political parties can work together in an election in order to have a better chance of winning. The Liberal party and the National party in Australia, for instance, have been collaborating with each other for decades, but this type of electoral collaboration is not the same as the Barisan Nasional (BN) concept.

Australia practices a parliamentary form of government, but it does not use the first-pass-the post system as practices in Malaysia to determine the winner in its election. In Australia, in order to win in an election, a person must have more than 50% of the total votes cast.

So when the Australians go to the poll, they have to decide which candidate is their first preference, and which candidate is their second preference.  If there is no clear winner in the first count, the second prefence votes are added to the first preference votes.

This is to ensure that the winner is supported by more than 50% of the voters. In Malaysia, one can win an election even with as low as 30% of votes cast.

In Australia, both the Liberal party and the National party have direct candidates. In Malaysia, the BN candidates are indirect candidates, as they are chosen by their respective political parties.

Now, for the forthcoming Sarawak State 11th general elections, suddenly the BN is comtemplating of having direct candidates.

Why is the BN resorting to this? Is this not against the fundamentals behind its formation in the first place? Has the BN abandoned its core values and basic principles?

Is the BN seriously thinking that this tactic will help it to win higher percentage of seats than it is currently holding?

The BN is a grand coalition of political parties that have agreed to come together to solicit favour or support and to govern as a group after having won the election.

How will the BN accommodate its direct candidates in the government? Ministerial positions or other political executive positions in the government are recommended by the various political parties, but for the direct candidates how are these going to be done. Will these be done at the expense of the BN political parties.

Is this going to be the case where the direct candidates nominate themselves for ministerial positions.

But they have to be rewarded, as they have helped the BN to win the election, and in fact expect it.

The direct candidates understand fully well that they are significant and important for the BN to achieve its goals of morale-boosting victory, and that is why they are picked as direct candidates. If they win, they have the bragging rights.

Politics involves the notion of office-seeking. The BN and its predecessor, the State Alliance, have been in office since day one.

By having direct candidates does this indicate that the BN is a little worried about its performance in this forthcoming Sarawak State election. Will direct candidates make the BN more competitive?

Is the BN government scared of losing some grip on Sarawak politics? Is this about adopting anything to retain political power and to form the government again?

When we talk about politics, we also talk about political leaders.  Are the direct candidates the chosen one? Why is it not possible to dispense with them? Are there no other capable people to choose from?

Political parties are the bridges between the people and the government. How will direct candidates become a link between the people and the governments, as the term ‘direct’ means that direct candidates do not belong to any of the BN component political parties.

Is direct candidates about comradeship in politics? If this is so, then the BN is taking a risk by having direct candidates, but as we have seen over the years, the BN always have a way of tackling the problems affecting it.

But one thing is for sure: this is not going to be the last time the BN is resorting to using direct candidates in an election. Is this good for the BN? Well, only time can tell. – SARAWAKVOICE.COM