After reading my good friend’s A. M. Ubaidah’s comment in my previous article, I had some sort of an epiphany.
What I am writing below may not be my definite way of thinking but I pose this dilemma for the readers to chew upon.
Voters can be quite finicky with their choice of wakil rakyat in a by-election. Either they will vote for you. Or, they won’t. Chances are, their minds have been made up long before the voting day.
Some will vote a candidate because of the party the candidate represents. Some will vote due to the sheer charisma of the candidate. Some will vote because they hate the other candidate or the party that particular candidate represents.
Nevertheless, all can agree that voters’ choice is the most democratic outcome of getting their representative to the state assembly.
Suara rakyat, suara keramat. Agree?
Whoever the candidate is, his or her credentials will be solidified due to the fact that he is appointed and voted in by the rakyat to be their representative.
Hence, as I see it presently, whatever the background of the candidate, it will not matter to these voters. That is why, we see people like Loh Gwo Burne, Anwar Ibrahim and Nazri Aziz get voted in by their constituents.
One is a do-nothing, the other was a convict for abuse of power, the other one is… oh well, you can just see for yourself. Nevertheless, the fact is, people still voted them in. We have many other instances of lowly qualified characters being voted in by the people.
If suara rakyat is suara keramat, then who are we to question the credibility of the wakil rakyats?
Therefore, if Isa Samad is nominated by BN, and if he wins the by-election, then who are we to ridicule Umno and BN for fielding a tainted candidate?
The winner is the voters’ choice. Why would some people want to disparage whatever the people have chosen? Afterall, the people are actually the common folk like you and me. The rakyat. The one with the suara keramat.
Think about it.