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Monday, March 10, 2008

How about you kiss and make up for the Rakyat?

Datuk Wong Chun Wai pointed out a possibility in his Editorial comment yesterday:

(But) federal-state relations will never be the same again.

With the Barisan still in control of the Federal Government, it may even review its numerous projects in states lost to the Opposition.

As the most industrialised state in Malaysia, Selangor will be affected in many ways.

I don't think the Datuk's observation are far from wrong given the fact that politics is factious and petty, but I'm hoping this doesn't happen. In fact, it would be much better for the BN-led Federal Government to keep up the projects, ensure they are completed on time and show the rakyat that its intentions and actions are always their best interests regardless of who controls the state government.

Why? Because (and I'm offering an alternative viewpoint, with no expertise or research other than Mamak stall polls here) the elections showed the issues weren't about race or religion or loyalties to political parties. We've gone past that despite what you may read.

Personally, I'm not a party-voter. Neither are most of my friends. They may support either BN or Opposition, but their reasons for supporting is either because "Chew Mei Fun has really done a lot for our community" or because "Tan Kok Wai was the one who fought to abolish the unnecessary Cheras Toll."

The issue for us was whether the existing governors, councillors and people in power have done their job and if they were honest, forthright and transaparent people with no shady dealings. What we want is a government (whether it's a BN or Opposition government) that's going to be responsible with taxpayer's money, transparent in its administration, and concerned for the Rakyat's needs.

Thus, watch this: it's extremely important how BN treats the four new 'Opposition' states and the rakyat there this next four to five years. It's going to be an interesting dynamic and I'm curious to see if there will be more cooperation between BN and Opposition (wishful thinking?) or outright rejection and skirmishing.

BN, the ball is in your court (given you're forming the Federal Government).

Be nice, gentlemanly and genuinely concerned, then maybe you'll win back some votes and gain some love and respect. Be snarky, mean and petty (withdraw funding) and it'll only harden the rakyat's hearts for the Opposition.

Because at the end of the day, it isn't about whether you're Opposition or BN. It's about getting the job done right for the Rakyat.


suanie said...

how can? a lot of contracts already signed mah ;)

davidlian said...

Mmm.... sometimes I suspect when there's a (political) will, there's a way.

moo_t said...

"when there's a (political) will, there's a way."

you are straight on the bulls eye. But I don't think BR are stupid to make those move. As long as the contract with BN government, BR can always use them as bullet to shoot BN.

BTW, I am laughing. Because people keep selling down those cronies company shares, perhaps to a cheap level that the people can buy up the company. ;)

noname said...

It seems like the whole blogging community is anti-establishment. Hmm. Oh well. As much as "the ball is in BN's court", it's also in the opposition's court. If election is really based on issues, then the promises of maintaining subsidies, minimum wages, free education and welfare state is indeed attractive propositions. So the balls in the opposition's court to meet the election promises. My guess is, like what happened in 2004, when Pak Lah victory was brought about by a sense that great changes are at hand, the same is true of this election. But I have a feeling that like Pak Lah, not everything can change overnight. A country can't be build overnight but it certainly can be destroyed. While I'm happy the opposition did well, I'm not entirely convinced they have what it takes to get the job done. But only time will tell. That's politics. Dirty and unpredictable.

davidlian said...

@moo_t: I think you meant BN, right?
@noname: You're right, a country isn't built overnight. But a small change is still change so it needs to start from somewhere lar. :)

Randy Khoo said...

Well, consider this:

Those projects are not short-term one month stints, therefore, it is reasonable to expect long term planning.

1) If they had managed & planned properly, do you think the projects would be affected?

Not affected - means that they have done a great job, and by no means would have lost their spot.

Affected - that means their short-sightedness on 'pet projects' will end when they end. Is this called good leadership and management?

2) Wouldn't people have confidence in BN again if we have seen the good consequences of the mega projects? Ask yourself - How many of these mega projects have benefited you lately?

Apart from Sepang being a drive for tourism, what other projects have elevated poverty? (that said, not every Malaysian in Klang Valley is benefiting from Sepang!)

What is KL Tower now? A huge white elephant or ego-booster?

KLCC? Apart from its role as a convention & exhibition centre? How much poverty has been solved with this giant twin phallic symbol in the sky?

Yuen-Chi Lian said...

Just a quick question popped up in my mind, do you read MalaysiaKini?

- yc