As I have previously wrote, the last time i did something politically significant in Kedah was during the Sungai Limau by-election in late 2013.
I was on the ground there for the duration of the campaigning period.
That however definitely doesn't qualify me as an expert of Kedah politics, let alone giving me the authority to tell Kedahans what they should or should not do.
You see, I don't believe in all these armchair analysis by people who have never really been on the ground, yet claiming they are the authorities of these and that.
But I did live in the north for quite a while many years ago and therefore more or less understand the general attitude or psyche of the people there.
At one point of my stay there, I even fell in love with someone from Kuala Kedah. A real heart breaker that one :)
So, I'm writing this posting based on what little I know of Kedah and its people from my experience when I was there.
Okay, two days ago I read somewhere that the new Kedah MB DS Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah was going on a campaign to win back the heart and mind of Kedahans following his takeover of the post from DS Mukhriz Mahathir.
I believe what he really meant by Kedahans were the Malays of the state who are directly affected by the current Umno mess there.
Now, I have no intention of discussing Bashah taking over from Mukhriz as MB because that's already water under the bridge. It's done and over with. Whether we like it or not, Kedah Umno/BN is going to be led by Bashah into the next general election.
Also, there's no doubt that the take over of the MB post caused a lot of unhappiness on the ground in Kedah. Even Bashah acknowledged this, thus the decision to go on a campaign to win back support of the people.
What I'm more interested to know now is how Bashah going to convince Kedahans to continue their support for Umno and BN under his leadership in the state amidst all the controversy of the take over.
The way I see it, he has two options on how to talk to Kedahans during his campaign to win back the people's heart and mind.
Option One : The 'either you are with us or against us' method.
"Kalau hang pa semua tak mau sokong pemimpin, hang pa semua boleh berambus dari parti. Kami pemimpin tak perlu hang pa semua yang dok asyik nak lawan cakap ketua. Cuma yang betul-betul setia pada pemimpin yang ada boleh kekal dalam parti. No retreat no surrender!"
Option Two : The "melayu" method.
"Tuan-tuan dan puan-puan, saya faham ramai yang tidak berpuas hati dengan apa yang berlaku akhir-akhir ini. Biar lah saya berterus terang disini bahawa keputusan pucuk pimpinan dalam hal ini adalah untuk kebaikan parti dan kesinambungan perjuangan bangsa Melayu. Kita perlu bersatu semula untuk menentukan Umno kekal memerintah selepas pilihanraya akan datang. Itu misi utama kita. Jikalau tuan-tuan dan puan-puan tidak berpuashati dengan saya atau kepimpinan parti, perkara itu bolehlah kita selesaikan dalam pemilihan Umno yang akan datang selepas pilihanraya umum. Undi lah orang lain sebagai ketua. Tetapi yang penting sekarang ialah kita perlu merapatkan barisan dan menentukan kemenangan Umno dalam pilihanraya umum akan datang demi kepentigan bangsa Melayu."
From what little that I know of Kedahan Malays, I think they will prefer to listen to Bashah if he chooses Option Two.
If he chooses Option One, I think Kedahan Malays will take off their shoes and slippers and throw them at him.
Okay, I admit Option Two is not so great either, but at least Bashah stands a better chance by being nice. Malays like nice people.
Chinese, especially DAP operatives (present and former) may prefer the gung ho leadership style of Lim Kit Siang and his son, but I don't think it will work with Malays.
Malays generally don't like arrogant bastards....or bitches.
It's something to do with their lemah-lembut culture.
Well, at least that's my humble opinion on it.
What do you think?
Anyway, Bashah actually have a third option.
He can go in front of Kedahans and sing like this cute girl,
But I don't recommend it.
From what little I know of Kedahans, they generally cannot be enticed with "wang".