Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Quasi-political ramblings

The infamous good friend of mine, Khairul Syahir, has authored yet another post (man, I love this guy, I really do). Instead of disagreeing though, I very much agree with what he has to say.

If you actually have the time, go read this excellent article up on Malaysiakini.com - here.

What the writer has to say is that if the voters had earlier known that as many as five states would fall into Opposition hands, they wouldn't have voiced their protest through the ballots boxes as loudly as they did. It's simple, really. Regardless of however much voters were against the ruling coalition, it's a fact that the Opposition has no experience whatsoever in ruling a state. So we're all worried now for the state of our states in the coming future.

We've given them their mandate to rule, but the question on everyone's mind is whether or not they can do so efficiently? Most are worrying about dissent among the Parliamentary leaders, seeing that they come from different parties. Some are worrying that with a weakened majority, the National Front (BN) coalition will be quite crippled and thus rendered quite useless (more than they already are, at any rate).

But there is hope yet.

I've been quite an avid reader of Malaysia Today, an news site, independent of any one political party, since about a year ago. Raja Petra, the site's owner and author recently write an article titled 'The Aftermath of the Bloodbath'. Don't let the title faze you. It's been what I've been wanting to hear ever since the elections took place.

Quote: 'Malaysia Today, which is already a nightmare for the ruling party, is going to now also be the nightmare of the five opposition-led state governments. And we are going to monitor these five states even closer than we watch the federal government.

So remember who put you where you are today. Remember who gave you your job. The rakyat can hire and the rakyat can fire. We, the rakyat, made you and we, the rakyat, can break you. Just remember that and with God as our witness we shall not fail to do that if you fail to do what you promised to do.'

The rakyat have spoken, and they will again if the Opposition fails to deliver.

Another point that I feel gives us a little more security is the fact that our elected MPs (here is Selangor, at any rate) are actually accessible and contactable people. I'm sure the young generation of voters and to-be voters (like yours truly) will have familiarized themselves with the political web scene, which have seen the uprising of political figures like Jeff Ooi.

If the people doesn't like what he's doing, do you think we'll let him have it off that easily? No, we'll voice our dissatisfaction, we'll spam his site till it crashes (okla, we don't have to be so mean).

And it's not just him. We have bright, young figures like Tony Pua, Hannah Yeoh, Teresa Kok and Fong Po Kuan, to name a few. All of whom have their own blogs, all who can at any time can be found by the people, and not only when the elections swing around.

Like Raja Petra said, 'We, the rakyat, can make you, and we, the rakyat, can break you'.

We'll be watching them.


Alright, that sums up my political ramblings. Be prepared for more mindless posting about pointless things in the days to come. :) I'll be off to Guangzhou, China tomorrow, so no updates for 5 days (heh, not like I actually update that often). Tata, humans!

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