Tuesday, May 12, 2009

What about respect for the rakyat?

Perak Regent Raja Dr Nazrin Shah had to wait five hours to deliver his opening address to the Perak State Assembly due to the shenanigans last Thursday. As he was taking his seat, menteri besar, as reaffirmed by the High Court yesterday, Datuk Seri Mohd Nizar Jamaluddin requested to raise an objection on the forceful and illegal means employed by the Barisan Nasional to remove speaker V. Sivakumar.

The New Straits Times reported the Raja Muda then asked Nizar and the DAP’s Datuk Ngeh Koo Ham to approach him. The Raja Muda told the duo: “I don’t want to get involved in this. I just want to give my speech, so respect my speech, when I am giving it. You understand that? If you want to work with me in future, you have to respect my speech. Understand?
“So go and tell that." (to the Pakatan Rakyat state assemblymen)

The Raja Muda can demand respect due to his position as a constitutional monarch. Who will accord respect for the rakyat’s wishes? Only a minority of Perak folk voted for the Barisan Nasional. The majority of the people of Perak do not want a Barisan Nasional state government.

How have we come to the situation where the minority is allowed to rule over the majority? What does this say for the future of Malaysia? We took a huge step away from democracy last week. I fear we are on the path to kleptocracy. Dare I see a glimmer of hope following yesterday's court decision?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Dare we say that Malaysian governance is now robust compared to Kleptocratic Southern Island? We so much governance in check of each other, corruption is more difficult to proliferate. Cases are the 46 cows, Former Selangor Chief Minister now under probe and face disciplinary actions & the forced resignation of No2 in Penang.

The democratic process [i stand corrected] is somewhat similar to USA:

1. Police force = CIA
3. Govt BN vs PR = Democ vs Repubs
4. Royalty = ummm.. US President
5. Councils elected by govt NOT = to city councils stand for election

We are in for better times.

Cautious optimism due to risks:
1. Royals rule Military, risk of coup?
2. Govt installed civil servants who thus far are unproductive and risk derailing economy further
3. re-igniting old wounds - May 13[yes, I know you weren't born that time, but its real!Horror stories of abuse of powers by politicians using military to stamped out majority voice]
4. If cross overs to BN were due to bribes, expect more to come!

There is a slight glimmer of hope.