What makes a candidate "winnable"?
KUALA LUMPUR: Veteran journalist and blogger Datuk A. Kadir Jasin wrote in his blog on December 8 that political parties should be careful when they say their candidates are "winnable".
In a post entitled 'All Parties Will Promise "Winnable" Candidates', the blogger wrote:
In English, “winnable” means one can win. To become a candidate who can win, one must first become a candidate who can win over voters.
If you ask voters and the general public who the candidates who can win are, surely they’ll say it’s the candidates who are good, clean, friendly, hard-working, competent, who have principles and vision, and much more.
The problem is, all the candidates will say that they have those qualities. The parties will all say those are the kinds of candidates they put forward.
The blogger added that since Umno/BN came up with the "winnable" label, they should make the concept a reality by creating space for such candidates to thrive.
To do this, he said, Umno/BN should avoid running candidates who lost in previous General Elections. Also, former ministers now serving as Members of Parliament should withdraw as candidates so "winnable" candidates "can be identified and highlighted".
The blogger also had some advice for the Prime Minister:
The Prime Minister (who is also Umno President and BN Chairman) should tell all Members of Parliament and Members of State Assemblies who do not conform to the 1Malaysia slogan – people first, performance now – to withdraw and not cause any trouble.
The Prime Minister should be fair in going on walkabouts. Don’t just go to Brickfields, Petaling Street and the Curve. Please go to the villages, go meet rank-and-file citizens who don’t have Facebook or Twitter accounts.
I heard that the Prime Minister is going to prepare his list of “winnable” candidates within the next month or two. That’s for the best, the earlier the better.
Read more of the blogger's advice (in Bahasa Malaysia) HERE.