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    playing to...the gallery and strategy

    Speaking of Mr Zaid, who had resigned from the Cabinet of Abdullah Badawi in 2008 to join PKR, Mr Anwar said a substantial group of opposition leaders who were supportive of him have withdrawn their backing because they say Mr Zaid is playing to the United Malays National Organisation (Umno) gallery and strategy.


    What does 'playing to...the gallery and strategy' mean in relation to rest of the sentence?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: playing to...the gallery and strategy

    "Playing to the gallery" means doing or saying things that will make people admire or support you, instead of dealing with the actual matters at hand. It's like being an actor on a stage - the politician says things that he thinks will please his audience, even if the things he says are not helpful in actually solving the problem.

    Likewise "playing to the strategy" means that Mr. Zaid was not interested in actually helping his people, but rather to say things in public that would be pleasing to Umno - his comments supported the beliefs/policies/strategies of Umno.

    The short explanation is that Mr. Zaid was trying to be popular, not helpful or effective.

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    Re: playing to...the gallery and strategy

    He is playing to [=following] their strategy, and Playing to the gallery - Idiom Definition - UsingEnglish.com . The zeugma doesn't work. (Perhaps this sort of florid wordplay is tolerated in Malaya )

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