Of strutting peacocks and leaping frogs

Of strutting peacocks and leaping frogs

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Despite living in a small country, Malaysians can be considered as creative, artsy and outstanding to say the least.

And why not? Despite having such a small population base, Malaysia elicits ‘ooohs’ and ‘aaahhs’ internationally thanks to prominent Malaysians such as Yuna, Shila Amzah, Tan Sri Michelle Yeoh, Datuk Jimmy Choo and Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

Yes, Najib Razak, in his own personal capacity is an inventor. He invented not just any mediocre word, but THE word ‘winability’ which became trendy overnight and overused ever since.

When words like ‘winability’ are flying around faster than Typhoon Lan, you know that the next election is just round the corner.


Unlike the word ‘rejuvenation’ which is usually used as some sort of self-consolation in the aftermath of political defeat, the word ‘winability’ is actually used as a sales pitch promising ‘victory’ even before the war has begun.

The favoured ones will be portrayed as peacocks, adorned with crowns and topped off with cherries almost promising absolute triumph in political battles that can never be certain in any way.

Because the war has not even started, and nobody knows for sure who the actual winner will be, the hard selling of ‘winability’ should be viewed as mere ‘marketing’ pitches and nothing more.

Based on the previous election results, some peacocks have turned out to be mere chickens in disguise after the political onslaught by the opposition.

While we cannot deny that ‘winability’ is a factor, there is another factor which is getting increasingly common nowadays.

Let’s just call it frog-ability. In 2009, three Perak assemblymen having been elected as ADUNs by their voters under Pakatan Rakyat tickets, decided to turn into frogs by performing their infamous ‘major frog leap’ through the flaming hoops and landed on Barisan Nasional’s lap.

Boy, was the opposition furious! But alas, a little too late.

So what went so wrong? Blinkered by the obsession to win the battle, candidates were mainly chosen based on their ‘winability’ and other equally important criteria were overlooked and compromised.

As a result, frogs without loyalty were mistaken as princes and heavily invested in as such.

Although the opposition coalition won the majority of seats for Perak state in 2009 and even paid for the three-course meal, they didn’t even get to eat the mains and dessert.

And this is the danger of focusing only on ‘winability’ and not noticing the candidates’ ‘frog-ability’. — DayakDaily