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Thursday, February 28, 2008

The Position of the Opposition

In Sarawak, you'd know the elections are coming when a certain someone's white beard starts to grow.

You can even be more sure that it's gonna happen in a few days time when these people start appearing in the front pages, launching projects which have been kept on the shelves for 4 years, waiting just for an ocassion like this.

Taib: No way opposition can form govt (Borneo Post)

I think in Malaysia, a lot of people are confused about the role of a government & also the actual role of an opposition. There's this misconception on the part of BN that the opposition are actually evil rockets from hell. So there is really a need to clear up this confusion, otherwise people outside the country will think that we're all so sua pa (jungle).

Fact No. 1: Let's face it. BN will always win & it will always be the rulling party. It will always be the government.

Fact No. 2: In a true mature democracy, the role of the opposition is welcomed. The opposition has a very important role, and that is to check & balance, sort of a watchdog if you will.

It will bark & make all the noise of protest that it can if there's any sign of deviation from the actual course, if there's misuse of public funds, misconduct, derogative comments about women, stupid money-wasting mega projects, if the roof leaks, if a super model gets bombed, if someone draws a keris & makes racist remarks, if someone says 'looks like him, sounds like him, but it's not him'.

You see, their role is to bark so that the herd stays in line, and on course. They do not have to bring in funds, nor fix the drains, nor improve police security, nor build schools or mega multi-billion dollar projects. That's the job of the government. Simply because the government holds the power, and our hard-earned money.

If the opposition is to do what the government is supposed to do, then we should be paying taxes to them instead. Don't you think?

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Politics of Longkang

It's interesting to note that after losing almost all the Kuching seats in the last state elections, BN’s SUPP still doesn't get it.

In Alan Sim's letter to voters (Borneo Post Feb 25), he had this to say: "Give the opposition another 3 terms, the earth drains in front of your houses will not turn into reinforced concrete drains, the traffic woes in Kuching will not be resolved, the security in Kuching will not improve and the inflation will not stop."

Uhh... I thought those were the responsibilities of the Local Council & the police. You know, the institutions where our tax money goes to? I am most certain that our tax money didn't go to the opposition.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I have nothing against Alan Sim personally. He seems like a nice young chap who's willing to work hard. He's even got a new mantra "New Way, New Hope". I think he is working hard, but it’s just that he seems to be veering off course.

I don’t understand this thing about SUPP. They like to talk about drains. They think when they mention drains, the people would seriously think twice and swing their votes to them.

"Oh sh*t! I forgot about the drains! Must vote for BN!"

Then of all things, SUPP came up with this rap song.

WHO SAYS vote rocket will bring development?
WHO SAYS vote rocket will bring in the funds?
WHO SAYS vote rocket will bring down fuel prices?
WHO SAYS vote rocket will change people's lives?
WHO SAYS SUPP can't change everything?
(Translation provided by Kenny Sia)

Chk chk chk chk. Now this rap song is making me really confused. IF the rocket is not able to do all this, then who can? As far as I can remember, SUPP couldn't do it either (you could almost hear the crickets chirping & the frogs croaking). At least we know that the rocket is loud when it blasts off.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

The Elections: Drama Minggu Ini

So let's see what's been happening this week. The national election campaign has kick-started & is going on at full blast. What Malaysians enjoy the most at a time like this are the endless kopitiam talks, election rumours, speculation, theories & conspiracies surrounding the elections & the candidates themselves.

Before I go on, let me make a few things clear here. This blog entry is purely kopitiam talk. There is no evidence whatsoever supporting what I'll be writing here. It's pure speculation without proof, based on hearsay & the general popular belief among the public. The logical argument here is that if we are free to talk about all this in a public place like the kopitiam, then it should logically be alright to discuss this on a blog. After all, it's just hearsay. Right?

With that Ladies & Gentlemen, let's start the show, for it has already started.

Yesterday Badawi has finally came out of hiding from his coconut shell to say this:
No empty promises: PM ‘BN’s pledges are realistic; we make promises with the commitment to implement them’ (Borneo Post)

Right. I can still remember when he said he'd get rid of corruption & introduce transparency.

We have much to learn from that. For ekjample - The Boy Who Cried Wolf. Ring a bell? Once Bitten Twice Shy. Get it yet?

Even a child would know better not to be lied to twice. Either our dear PM's just plain ignorant that people will actually believe him again, or he has really thick skin on his face, or he's just simply right about the people.

Back in Sarawak, the drama has also begun! Yong Khoon Seng pleads with tears for an SUPP win.
All those years of watching Drama Minggu Ini on RTM & Hallmark on Astro, I've never seen anything as emotional as this! Whysay, it's a shame this did not go down in time for the Academy Awards nomination.
Otherwise Daniel Day Lewis would really have tough competition for the Best Actor award.