BN secretary-general Tengku Adnan asked the question, and then answered it himself, “BN lost Selangor in GE12 because of Khir Toyo (former MB) who demolished Hindu temple and awarded civil servants with brooms.”
Khir, who has been out of public vision for some time, jumped out in his own defense: “Don’t always make me a scapegoat. You should look for the reasons yourself!”
Ku Nan did not stop there: “I’m Umno’s sec-gen and I have all the reports. You know that!”
From the perspectives of political analysis, Khir shouldn’t have been the only reason for BN’s defeat. The other reasons included the weak leadership and ineffective reforms by former PM Abdullah Badawi, slashed subsidies and escalating goods prices, tense racial relations, internal fighting within Umno due to uneven distribution of benefits, and the successful integration of opposition parties, among others.
Anyway, Ku Nan has highlighted the key issue in Selangor. Indeed, Khir was to be blamed. He was highly unpopular, arrogant, crude, money-faced, racist… problems that should’t have been associated with a politician could all be found in him.
The last straws, nevertheless, were the demolition of a century-old Hindu temple that ignited the wrath of Indians, and the awarding of brooms to civil servants that humiliated many.
You might be curious for heaven’s sake why Khir should do all these foolish things that would kill his own political career.
Even the most mediocre politicians would know how to please their voters. If they are unable to provide goodies to the people, at least they know they should not antagonize them.
From the moment he was appointed Selangor MB by Dr Mahathir, this young dentist started to savor the sweet taste of power. He had everything he wanted, and became increasingly power crazy.
The electoral mandate had been taken for granted, and the voters would have to submit themselves to him.
So the voters in Selangor fought back in force during GE12 to teach Khir Toyo a lesson and bring down the BN administration.
Today, we still have plenty of politicians like him, who think they are the best and who invariably mix personal and public interests together. Whenever something goes wrong, that’s not my fault, for sure, and when they are put under public scrutiny, they always have a thousand and one excuses to rationalize their follies.
Do bear in mind history does repeat itself!