GE-13: A Hung Parliament Is Not Necessarily Bad

April 29, 2013

GE-13: A Hung Parliament Is Not Necessarily Bad (Last of Four Parts)

 by Dr.M.Bakri Musa, Morgan-Hill, California

Najib and His Manifesto

Many fear a hung parliament as they think that would lead to chaos and uncertainty. Yes, there may be both but neither is inevitable. On the contrary I see many potentially redeeming aspects that could benefit citizens, the permanent establishment, and yes, even those politicians.

For citizens, seeing these freshly-victorious politicians brazenly jockeying for positions would be both instructive and revealing. It would be quite a sight to watch them behave worse than hookers. At least hookers are consumed with satisfying their present customers first, and would solicit new ones only after they have done that. More importantly, they do both discreetly.

Hung PoliticiansThose politicians on the other hand would be openly and lustily auctioning themselves to the highest bidder without even a promise of satisfactory performance to their current customers – citizens who had only recently voted for them. Those politicians would whore themselves brazenly. What matters to them would only be the price their new customers would be willing to pay, regardless how filthy and disease-ridden they are. Damn the consequences, for them or the nation

The jockeying would be intense, shameless and endlessly shifting, threatening both Barisan and Pakatan. It would not be below MCA for example, to align itself with DAP and throw their weight behind Pakatan, demanding an outrageous price in return. Or MCA could demand a stiff price for remaining in Barisan. Not to be outdone, as alluded earlier, PAS could bolt Pakatan and align itself with UMNO in an ugly chauvinistic attempt at reviving Ketuanan Melayu.

UMNO would sell its soul to get PAS support, and PAS in turn would readily sign a pact with the devil given the right price. There would be only one certainty; our politicians would finally be exposed for all their corruptness and hideousness. In the end unfortunately, citizens and Malaysia would be paying the terrible price.

Perhaps the nation needs such a sordid spectacle to jolt it into realizing that elections have consequences, and that the politicians and leaders we have today are far different from the earlier generation that brought us merdeka.On the other hand, our politicians may well surprise us.

Without being unnecessarily Pollyannaish, a few might discover that politics is after all a noble profession, and at its best and essence, a fine exercise in the art of compromise in order to get things done for the good of all.

At the very least a hung parliament would prompt us to be more prudent on our voting and not be so casual with this important exercise of democracy. If that would also encourage otherwise thoughtful Malaysians to offer themselves as candidates, then the whole exercise would not have been futile.

A hung parliament would also have a salutary effect on the permanentThe Crossbenchers establishment.The last time there was a similar debacle, in Perak following the 2008 elections, the permanent establishment including the sultan, did not acquit themselves well.

Who could forget the spectacle of the Speaker being hauled out of the Assembly desperately clinging on to his chair, or the Raja Muda, the Sultan’s representative, being forced to cool his heels in an adjacent room while waiting out the mayhem? It was not pretty. The stench stained all, and stayed to this day.

You can be certain that this time, with the real possibility of Barisan being toppled, members of the permanent establishment would be more circumspect for their own selfish reasons. Thus I do not expect blatant displays of partisanship as we saw in Perak. To add flavor to that, the King today, DYMM Sultan Abdul Halim, was the Sultan of Kedah when PAS took over from UMNO. Thus working with a non-UMNO chief executive would not be a novelty for him.

Once we have established this fact at the Federal level, all the other Sultans at the state level would follow suit. They would, out of concern for their own survival, no longer be so blatantly partisan. That can only be good for them and the country.

A hung parliament is nothing to fear; it is just another though less clear-cut expression of a Barisan defeat. Stated differently, a hung parliament is a not-so-pretty Pakatan victory.

21 thoughts on “GE-13: A Hung Parliament Is Not Necessarily Bad

  1. Let us make sure that we vote wisely and avoid a hung parliament. A hung parliament means that we can’t make our minds. To me, the choice is clear; it is either the incumbent UMNO-BN or Pakatan Rakyat. We should ensure that the independents booted out. Give a strong mandate to the coalition we prefer to govern our country,–Din Merican

  2. I also disagree with the notion of having hung parliament. Just look at britain. It doesn’t really augur well. Worst still, it would be the unelected top echolen civil servants who are running the country

  3. To me a hung parliament is when Election fraud and vote buying worked better than expected. But that’s a personal opinion. Any questions?

  4. Marina Mahathir tweeted this today on Twitter:

    In democracy, we need a government and we need an opposition. Lets hope the government is not too strong and the opposition is not too weak. Sekian.

  5. Uhh.. Dato, your blog stats exceeded 9 million!
    That calls for a funky celebration with witless lyrics! Where’s Bean?

  6. A Hung Parliament in my own humble opinion is like watching Muay Thai match and we the Raayat are the losers. BN and PR representatives will be shadow boxing all day long in Parliament instead of looking after our woes. Inflation, hardships worse bankruptcy will destroy our beloved country. So voters must be courageous and make the Right Choice. Do not be indecisive and follow your heart. If the Incumbent is good keep him if not give the other fella one term to prove his words are not louder than his deeds.

  7. I normally look forward to Bakri Musa who has never disappointed us with his incisive analyses and well crafted, persuasive arguments.

    However, this time he seems to veer to the side of slightly over-generous optimism over the consequences of a hung parliament. A favourable outcome is far too remote to merit any serious consideration. One side will be more desperate than the other, and will do everything in its power to politically destabilize the other, using money to lure party-hoppers. A period of damaging political instability might very likely follow.

    Therefore, the first order of business of any party with the slightest edge must be to pass an Anti Party Hopping Act. This is not only strategically necessary, but it is the most vital first brick on which to build a new Malaysian political rubric. Morally, it is an indispensable step, to prevent elected MPs from committing an egregious fraud upon the Malaysian voters who had returned them to Parliament. This will give the country some time to breathe, and to order the other pressing business of state into place.

    To recap, an Anti Party Hopping Act must come first. It has to be the first item of the national order of business.

  8. yes, congratulation and celebration to you Dato’ the DJ Blogger!
    I wonder how many hits the pro – bn blogs have???

    we had Hang Tuah, Hang Jebat and now Hang Parliament! so whats wrong with it lah?

    I agree with Dr. Bakri Musa’s advice, vote wisely because we have to be aware of the consequences of our votes. the odds are pro-PR at this moment so vote for Pakatan and give them a safe majority.
    we have had never a government other then umno-bn; as we know absolute power corrupts absolutely, as is the case with umno-bn now.

  9. If that happens, the Hung Parliament thingy, then we will just watch the horse trading, than we will know, how committed those YB’s are, for the Rakyaat or their bank accounts???…Oouch!!!

  10. Our democracy will eventually evolve into one where the coalitions are formed AFTER the elections, as is common in the free world.

  11. Shucks! And I thought the writer was encouraging us to hang our erstwhile parliamentarians.
    Come to think of it, that’s not too bad a notion. Considering that many of them have pretty ugly ideas of what they are there for.
    Hopefully the next bunch will be better.

  12. Brother Bob Marley says:

    Get Up! Stand Up! Stand up for your Rights !

    You can fool some people sometimes,
    But you can’t fool all the people all the time.
    So now we see the light,
    We gonna stand up for our rights!

  13. A hung Parliament will create an opportunity for unscrupulous elected members to cash in and that would tilt to UMNO/BN forming the government, as they have the financial firepower !!! Multi million jackpot winners all and that explains the rush to be candidates .

  14. In the states held by PKR the BN has more than demonstrated its ability to play the role of the opposition. Can you imagine how effective they will be in Parliament. WE THE PEOPLE will benefit form that as the government will be kept on its toes.

  15. Scrutinize Sports Toto and ENE drawings after elections. There will be many dubious 1st place winners. They can even win the jackpot without buying a single ticket.
    Hung Parliament, i thought they mean hung Parliamentarians, no wonder there are less ladies nominated. Not sure how many are hung but many of the present should be hung after GE 13.

  16. The Economist? What’s that?
    Look we are living the Deal. We don’t need the ‘Economist’ to tell us anything – dip-shit or not. Perhaps Rudyard Kipling’s poem “If” is more relevant.

    Anyway, it won’t be a “hung” anything – it’ll be a simple majority. The numbers aren’t that important, but a functioning government is. Instead of Populist policies ‘hung’ all over the place, we need to look to the future and build up our human capital – not pay mere lip service, acronym nonsense, presidential advertising and cheap sloganeering.

    Perhaps if Jibs the Incredible, gets a second chance (which i doubt), he could hire Din’s bloggers to save his sorry ass. Disband Pemandu and other irrelevant whore-houses. Get rid of Goldman Sachs are other highly paid but useless foreign consultants. Use local talent, including the Opposition. No need to plagiarize, but admit copying. Enough of negative porno politics and mat rempitism.

    Still i’d pass, as no amount of make-up can cure a disfigurement such as he. Add in a single stroke to the “I lurv PM” and what you get is “I lurv RM”.. What an idiot!

  17. Am I the only one here who doesn’t get what Dr Musa is talking about?

    A Hung Parliament is only possible when neither BN nor PR has a clear majority in the House. As only East Malaysia has parties that are not aligned to either BN or PR, then only these parties can be the Kingmakers – not quite unlike the Lib Dem in the last UK election.

    The Lib Dems had the choice to join either the Conservatives or Labour. Likewise, the East Malaysian parties will have the choice to join either BN or PR.

    It has nothing much to do with what the MCA or PAS politicians might do in the peninsular.

    Unless I’m missing something?

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