Sunday, July 10, 2011

Excuse me, what's BERSIH again?

It has been a long time since I blogged. I have officially moved to twitter!

This BERSIH guys are getting on my nerves and I have a lot to say. First of all, let's start with - WHAT's BERSIH? An organization calling for clean and fair elections heavily backed and coordinated by Pakatan Rakyat. Come on, don't come and tell me "it is by the rakyat, for the rakyat". You don't speak for 28 million Malaysians.

I can hear you say, "so what if it is by Pakatan Rakyat? We want clean and fair elections!"

Now, here's some stats for all of us to ponder.
  1. Nik Aziz has been Kelantan MB for 21 years, elected rep (ADUN/MP) for 44 years.
  2. Lim Kit Siang has been an elected rep (ADUN/MP) for 37 years.
  3. Karpal Singh has been an elected rep (ADUN/MP) for 28 years.
  4. Dr Tan Seng Giaw has been an elected rep (ADUN/MP) for 29 years.

The list goes on.

The Government which you accused of rigging the elections somehow kept the country's loudest, most vocal Opposition figures around so that the Government can have more headaches and trouble.

In a crucial time when "Chinese votes" are most important to Najib, BN Sarawak actually doubled their losses in Sarawak State Election 2011 and analysts pointed out that Najib has yet to win over the Chinese votes.

The Barisan Nasional Government also "conveniently" lost two of the highest income generating States - Selangor and Penang - to Pakatan Rakyat. Yes, these are "trophy states" to Barisan Nasional and they lost them.

In fact, here's the overall view of the Malaysian General Election results to date.

To see folks like Anwar Ibrahim and Saifudin Nasution shouting for free and fair elections, it is more like a comedy to me when PKR's Party Elections were reportedly tainted, rigged and unfair. Hug him if you wish, but he's not going to be my Prime Minister, no way!

(picture from Malaysiakini)

Just in case you forgot, he's the man sitting in the middle of the table in this press conference with the "organizer" sitting to his right.

Excuse me, what's BERSIH again? Wake up Malaysians.

Saturday, January 01, 2011

2011: Najib must plan well

As we welcome the New Year 2011, we prepare ourselves for a year of political action.

If 2010 was a year of by elections, 2011 promises the most interesting political battles - the 13 GE, Sarawak State Elections and 4 Pakatan Rakyat held State Elections. Well, knowing Anwar Ibrahim and Pakatan Rakyat's style, they might not bother about any Agong or Sultan's decree to dissolve the State Assemblies and would rather choose to have Constitutional battles in courtrooms.

Taking a look at the report card of Najib's administration, things are going pretty well in several areas - reducing street crime, improving public transport system, fighting corruption, eradicating poverty, good fiscal management.

There are, however, a lot more to be done. When I was in Canberra, believe it or not, the buses there arrive on time according to the schedule at each bus stop. The buses leave on time too.

The Government should consider improving the public transport system along these lines. We don't need consultants for this.

There are many things the Government can learn from Canberra. If we can invest a few billion Ringgit to connect the whole Klang Valley and have transport system like Canberra, I believe many will leave their cars at home and vote BN in the next few series of elections.

Also, street crime affects specific target groups only. To win hearts, Najib should consider battling syndicates and gangs on kidnappings, home invasion and drugs. Keep our kids safe in the streets.

These things are the real "transformation" that will swing votes. The people are watching the Government and see if those who walk along the corridors of power can deliver, regardless of the Opposition's performance.

Time to map the plan for 2011 as we are still very much in the region of "too close to call" if we go for election today. Happy New Year dear readers and may this New Year bring many happy memories to all.