Might have been good if the both PKR and DAP also put candidates - then, we would finally see which of the Opposition parties really enjoy most of the support...wouldn't we? But now...really no conclusions will be derived?
What was Pakatan Rakyat? A coalition like the Barisan Nasional or merely an electoral pact? Well looking at how the different Opposition States under different MB/CM from different parties were ruled, it seems that there is no common agenda or policy - it all seems to depend on who is the then Menteri Besar or Chief Minister?
Now we have a new 'Pakatan Harapan'? Any better?
In these by-elections, it becomes obvious that PKR certainly do not want to break ties with PAS - just visit PKR media site - how many media statements or reports about support for the Amanah candidates...
DAP also is not too keen to worsen relations with PAS - after all, at the end of the day, come next General Elections, the chances of the Opposition would be slim if it is a 3-corner fight?
PAS is also weaker today, thanks also to the re-surfacing of the syariah or hudud law... PAS forgets how it managed to lose Trengganu because when that elections came around, there was also much talk about Islamic State. Was there a rejection of a more conservative Islamic State by the people?
But then, an observation of Kelantan will show that really PAS too does not intend an Islamic State - maybe the incorporation of more Islamic values and principles, which really is not that much of a problem because when it comes to values and principles, there so much in common in all religions and cultures.
Now, for the Opposition parties to move forward, there must be real policies and alternatives promised. Malaysians really do not just want a more 'clean, efficient and trustworthy' government compared to the Barisan Nasional ; they are looking for more...
Healthcare - Will the Opposition parties make heart healthcare once again affordable to the ordinary Malaysians who are not public servants? Now, for other than public servants, the charges are thousands and tens of thousands of ringgit?
Education - Will there be changes in the syllabus?
Taxation - will there be higher taxes for the very rich?
POOR and MARGINALIZED - will there be an option in favour of this category. It is disturbing that Malaysia may now have their own 'homeless'...
Labour - Will the Opposition abolish the 'contractor for labour' system? Will the Opposition promote regular employment until retirement - abolishing or restricting the use of short-term contracts?
What are the laws that will be repealed?
Worker Rights - Selangor, Penang and the Opposition States could have put a condition that worker and trade union rights should be respected as a condition for business permits, or permission to do business in the States >> but I do not think that they even did that, which was so simple...
Will Selangor amend its constitution, to be in line with the Federal Constitution, to enable the ADUN with the confidence of the majority to be the Menteri Besar irrespective of religion, ethnicity and gender? Remember, the majority wanted Wan Azizah as Menteri Besar - but alas, they compromised, and now we have Azmin > was gender a factor?
So, what should the voters in these 2 by-elections do?
By 2018, we will be having our next General Elections - will that have a factor in these by-elections? Will the voters choose to express their feelings about the BN not now but maybe at the next GE?