PAS deputy president Mat Sabu may be right when he thinks that Pakatan may not gain victory in Selangor again.
Don't get me wrong, in spite of their limitations, Pakatan has done a bit - brought prosperity to the state, high wages for teachers etc.
The problem is that UMNO has been forewarned of Pakatan's might and potential. Before March 8, 2008, UMNO thought that Pakatan Rakyat was a silly bit of joke. Heck, even the Pakatan Rakyat leadership didn't think they could sweep that many seats.
But they did. And now UMNO is wary. Every single dirty machinery that can be employed, WILL be employed.
The truth is that we do not have free and fair elections. We badly need reforms, but the ruling coalition, led by UMNO, has absolutely no intention of playing by the rules. They have resorted to stirring up racial sentiment, playing the religious card and nothing has materialised yet.
The real issues have been swept under the carpet, and the fabricated ones are growing old and/or fast becoming non-issues. Very few people believe that Anwar Ibrahim is guilty of sodomy or soliciting favours from prostitutes.
People's opinions are not going to change the election outcome. Nor are their votes, for the most part, if UMNO is allowed to play dirty.
Which is why the Bersih 2.0 rally scheduled for July 9, is so important. We collectively need to force the government to make elections fairer, cleaner and more transparent.