Karpal Singh said " we are ready for the election, DAP and PR are ready for a battle with BN"(FMT 21/5/2012). This is a provocative statements , which give the 'message' that DAP had been well prepared for the 13 General Election and will continue to defend Penang. It also gives signal to Penang BN that Penang DAP is not afraid to BN election machinery . Does its true that DAP Penang is not afraid to BN young leader that lead the BN machinery right now ?
But, when we go futher to Guan Eng statement " next general election would be tougher than the previous, he called party member not to underestimates their opponent,reminding them that BN was capable of comming up with magical trick to regain Penang"(FMT 21/5/2012), from this statement Guan Eng is still not confident with DAP election machinery especially with the words “underestimates” BN and he is very confident that BN is still strong when he said "capable of comming up". It shows that Guan Eng still afraid to BN especially when that is a leadership changed in BN that is led by Teng.
Though, Karpal Singh is strongly believed by saying "he called on his party comrades to work hard to hammer the final nails in the coffins of MCA,MIC and Gerakan in the next poll"( FMT 21/5/2012), meaning that Karpal believed that MCA, MIC and Gerakan is dead and forfreited. This is because the BN component cant even fight DAP in the first place. This is very brave statement compared to Guan Eng. But Karpal’s statement can be classified as extreamly provocative statement especially the words “to hammer the final nails in the coffins”, eventhough its quite weird statement to as Karpal has just wanted to hammer only for Penang MCA, MIC and Gerakan but not “to hammer the final nails in the coffins of UMNO”
Why Karpal did not mention UMNO? Based on the possibility theory, that is probably because Karpal knows that Penang UMNO is too strong and also have a strong election’s machinery that led by Dato’ Zainal , the young charismatic leader. Karpal knows that the last election ,UMNO manage to stop BN from be wipe out by large tsunami because UMNO had won 11 seats, but the other’s BN lost. Therefore , Karpal Singh was afraid to bury UMNO “with last nail", if its happen Guan Eng’s government will be violated in every corner and Karpal know the impact, it will weaken the Guan Eng’s government.
Therefore, the facts that Karpal is confident as " to hammer the final nails in the coffin of MCA,MIC and Gerakan " actually is not quite convincing statement to continue to topple BN in Penang . This is because DAP still must deal with Penang UMNO election machinery that now is stronger and stronger. So its true when Guan Eng said not too “underestimate” BN because BN " was capable comming up with magical tricks to regain Penang". Its means Guan Eng and Karpal Singh knew the strength of the BN, is in the hands of UMNO.
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