Thursday, February 5, 2009

Perak imbroglio another indictment of Barisan's poor ethics

I was about to post a blog on stimulus packages, the inept delivery of even the modest RM7bn initial stimulus announced last year and how we can emulate some of what Singapore proposed in its Budget for 2009. But the turn of events in Perak makes this moot.

The Barisan Nasional (BN) is quite clearly still focused on politicking and seeking to wrest, by hook or by crook, what the people don't want it to have – the right to govern in 5 states in Malaysia. Rather than using its vast majority in Parliament – just 8 seats short of 2/3rds! - and all the resources it controls as Federal government to help Malaysia navigate this global economic storm, it is still politicking, nearly one year after the general elections.

Some would blame Anwar and PKR for starting this cross-over nonsense. I agree, and it is also the DAP stand, that individual cross-overs are unethical and a betrayal of the will of the people. In our political system, we vote for the party as well as the individual.

The mainstream media is trotting out comments by various “experts” justifying party-hopping. Their logic is it can be OK for MPs and assemblymen to hop because it is difficult to tell what exactly the people voted for – whether the individual or the party.

Against this argument, I have one simple question: Would these cross-over reps have been elected had they stood as independent candidates? Highly unlikely. Therefore, if they had truly lost faith in their respective parties, the honourable thing to do is to resign, join the new party and seek re-election again.

Right now one could be forgiven for casting aspersions on their motivations for hopping. We might be able to accept the hopping if they gave good, clear reasons why they chose to hop. What has changed in PKR and DAP between then and now to cause them to revisit their allegiances? Are they privy to bad practices that we, the rakyat, do not know about? In that case, it is incumbent upon them to bring these to light. But there have been no such statements.

Also, consider the willingness of BN to accept two assemblymen with pending corruption charges. What signal does this send?

10 comments:

bla bla bla said...

"The Barisan Nasional (BN) is quite clearly still focused on politicking and seeking to wrest, by hook or by crook, what the people don't want it to have – the right to govern in 5 states in Malaysia. Rather than using its vast majority in Parliament – just 8 seats short of 2/3rds! - and all the resources it controls as Federal government to help Malaysia navigate this global economic storm, it is still politicking, nearly one year after the general elections."

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak announced in 2006 that the new LRT lines linking Kota Damansara and Cheras would be operational in 2010.

Unfortunately, the LRT extension is expected to be ready only in 2013.

Did the government really taking care of the people?

Savimbi said...

There is difference between defection and abduction. WE can't blame DSAI for this. Did he abduct Bota assemblyman like Najib abducted PKR men? Obviously not. Furthermore, Anwar doesn't have federal power to threaten anyone let alone use money to induce. If money was give the Bota man, would have defected to Umno again? Here we have Excos who were abducted, blackmailed and apart from money were promised corruption clearance. Nothing of the sort was carried out by the PR leadership. The DAP lady deceived her party since she always said that she was a DAP woman. But she was waiting for the completion for the programme and within minutes decided to switch sides. PKR forced Bota man to go to his voters and explain and he did. He was reabducted and we know what happened. There should be a difference here.

Anonymous said...

This whole thing stinks to high heaven. BN's energy should have been better expanded on ways to tackle the economic crisis but NOOO they have to go and create political uncertainties. We, the people, are going to suffer. I for one will know who to vote in the next election. I will not forget.

- Collateral Damage -

Tonberry said...

I could see Myanmar's shadow in Umno's rule. I hope i'm wrong..

Anonymous said...

Notwithstanding this, an analyst told me today that Malaysia's economy will still grown by 4.5%. What's your take on it?

Cyril

Purple Haze said...

Najib is Malaysia's own Dick Cheney - schemer behind everyone's back.

And such irony when Malaysians protest about the rights of Palestinians in Gaza when our own Perak rakyat have been robbed. This could have been averted if the DUN was dissolved or by elections held for the assemblymen who resigned.

I am so pissed off.

Chi-Chang said...

To Cyril: which analyst is claiming 4.5% growth? Do send me the report. I would like to know which areas specifically he expects growth in.

To Anonymous citing Myanmar: Scary thoughts indeed, but I agree, It is something, unfortunately, that no longer seems implausible.

Antares said...

Once again, we have to rewind a bit to the Mahathir era when the laws were amended so that MPs resigning from their posts are disallowed for 5 years from recontesting their seats under a different banner. In effect, the only way a parliamentarian could express unhappiness with his or her present political affiliation would be to crossover, not quit - unless they were prepared to take a 5-year break from their careers. Nobody likes the idea of defection, any more than most folks would applaud divorce - but ideals are to aspire to while realpolitik plays by different rules. It's easy to bitch from the political sidelines but I doubt you and I would last a week in the rough-&-tumble game of politics! :-)

Chris Leong said...

Both parties are focusing on politics. With the by election coming in Kedah and Perak, I foresee that the focus will be there. This is a very worrying trend, and that’s the last thing this country needs.
We should be having debates and highlights of the economy in our mainstream media. Politicians should be debating on what’s the best way in bringing the economy up again. With your experience, I hope you can share your views and DAP’s views on how we can survive this crisis. Or better still make Malaysia stronger by finding our own niche. We really need to go up the value chain and find something that can differentiate ourselves from the low cost countries.

Chi-Chang said...

Thanks, Chris, for your constructive comments.

I agree completely with you and will continue to present ideas.

Unfortunately though, these ideas will remain just ideas while BN continues to control the federal government. One of Tun Mahathir's worst legacies was concentrating power at federal government level. The states are too a large extent, powerless.