Will the ‘tortoise’ in PH-BN outsmart the PN ‘hare’ to the finishing line?

WITH today being exactly a month to the six state polls which have been slated to take place simultaneously on Aug 12, one cannot help wondering if the Pakatan Harapan-Barisan Nasional (PH-BN) alliance lacks the exuberance demonstrated by the opposition Perikatan Nasional (PN) in oiling its election machinery.

But if the age-old adage “slow but steady wins the race” can be of any inspiration to the PH-BN coalition which helms the unity government, then it is hoped that their seemingly trailing behind in terms of preparation – both physically and virtually on the social media a.k.a. cyberspace – is simply a reflection of the Aesop tale of the tortoise who toppled the hare by crossing the finishing line first by merely walking/crawling at his own pace.

After all, ancient Greek philosopher Plato may be right for suggesting that “the empty vessel makes the loudest noise” for the best outcome would come from consistent gradual progress as opposed to merely brief, intense effort.

Hence, it is hoped that the unity government’s election machinery will forge ahead in lightning speed in line with the chosen theme “Unity for Stability and Prosperity” following last night’s (July 11) Unity Government Leadership Consultative Council meeting chaired by Prime Minister and PH chairman Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim himself.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim chaired the Unity Government Leadership Consultative Council meeting at the Menara Dato’ Onn in the World Trade Centre, Kuala Lumpur last night (July 11)

A fruitful outcome from the meeting is that all 19 political parties which form the unity government – who themselves are components of PH, BN, Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS), Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GPS) and WARISAN – have steadfastly undertake to extend the Jelajah Perpaduan Madani and launch of the Unity Machinery series after the successful run in Selangor on June 12.

Similar events will be held in Kedah on July 15, Penang (July 16), Kelantan (July 23), Negri Sembilan (July 27) and Terengganu (July 28).

“I am satisfied with the spirit and togetherness displayed by all supporters of the (unity government) leadership which will surely provide continuous stability to the existing government,” penned Anwar who is also the PKR president on his Facebook page.

“Such spirit is more crucial than to indulge in playing political games based on narrow and backward racism agenda that serves no benefit to the people and the country.”

Echoing such confidence was Sarawak Premier-cum- GPS chairman Tan Sri Abang Johari Openg who saw the need to “make it clear to the people that GPS will never allow any effort to overthrow today’s government until it affects the stability and effort to restore the country’s economy”. – July 12, 2023

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