How should we judge a government?

In Malaysia, if you don't watch television or read newspapers, you are uninformed; but if you do, you are misinformed!

"If you're not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing." - Malcolm X

Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience - Mark Twain

Why we should be against censorship in a court of law: Publicity is the very soul of justice … it keeps the judge himself, while trying, under trial. - Jeremy Bentham

"Our government is like a baby's alimentary canal, with a happy appetite at one end and no
responsibility at the other. " - Ronald Reagan

Government fed by the people

Government fed by the people

Career options

Career options
I suggest government... because nobody has ever been caught.

Corruption so prevalent it affects English language?

Corruption so prevalent it affects English language?
Corruption is so prevalent it affects English language?

When there's too much dirt...

When there's too much dirt...
We need better tools... to cover up mega corruptions.

Prevent bullying now!

Prevent bullying now!
If you're not going to speak up, how is the world supposed to know you exist? “Orang boleh pandai setinggi langit, tapi selama ia tidak menulis, ia akan hilang di dalam masyarakat dan dari sejarah.” - Ananta Prameodya Toer (Your intellect may soar to the sky but if you do not write, you will be lost from society and to history.)

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

RNC vs Nurul: all about money?

Raja Petra has just posted 'Malaysians are a load of bullshit'

"Again, no cheong hei article, just a short post to tell you that the total collection so far over the last one week for the Nurul Izzah Anwar election fund is only RM24,145.00. ABU konon. You can’t even put your money where your mouth is. Yes, let's vote for change, just as long as someone else pays for it and we don't have to do anything. ATPB: Asal tak pelu bayar."

A few days ago, a close friend actually called me from KL, asking if it is a genuine request for funds for the stated purpose. He said his friend donated and he was thinking of doing so if only it was genuine. I replied that I have read the article and did not take it seriously, simply because the initiative came from a third party (RPK) with a bank account number purportedly that of Nurul Izzah, without a word from her!

For all RPK's experience in helping Anwar Ibrahim and PKR before, I find it odd that Nurul would have enlisted his help without her personal appeal to the public. He can insult all he likes but I find his appeal on her behalf not convincing enough (based on an article by Malay Mail and his opinion as to why Nurul needs to fight RNC's money with money).

Even though RPK might be right about the reason why Nurul won (because RNC's supporters voted against Shahrizat), I believe she won because of her own star appeal, being Anwar's daughter and an icon of Reformasi. Many people sympathised with Anwar and family when he was beaten up by then IGP, when Nurul being the eldest, was only 17. Just imagine a happy family being torn apart because of politics. The arrest of Anwar was unnecessarily high-handed, leaving behind a vulnerable wife and young children. Nurul could have won earlier, in 2004, had she stood for election when the sentiments were even stronger.

Update on Sept 5:

The following picture (lifted from Dali's blogsite) reminds me of another picture in which a Rolls Royce sales rep said something similar ('If you need to ask the price, then you can't afford it') to a prospective buyer...

In the above example, the context is different from Nurul's case, in that she needs to influence the electorate, not a businessman trying to influence a candidate. But I am using it to highlight the part relevant to our topic, which is how much money is required to influence the electorate so that Nurul can win if standing against RNC, as implied by RPK. I am of the opinion that in Nurul's case, though money is necessary to a certain extent, she has what it takes: previous victory against all odds; proven capability and fairness in her work and views. In addition, unlike others, she is an icon of Reformasi, which I believe will see her through the next election.

Raja Nong Chik, on the other hand, has yet to prove he is winnable at the elections. He has the money and the power to do what he is good at doing, which is to win over the electorate. But, if money was the only consideration, then the last GE would not have seen the fall of 5 states and the loss of BN's two-third's majority, and especially Nurul winning as a rookie against incumbent and minister, Shahrizat.

Soon after GE 2008, DBKL punished certain sections of the electorate in KL, including Setapak (highlighted by then opposition MP, Wee Choo Keong) and Jalan Ipoh (our former family house) by high-handed actions in demolition of illegal structures on private properties. By high-handed actions, it involved the use of bulldozer or other heavy equipment in Setapak, and some 20-30 enforcement and other personnel in Jalan Ipoh. Though RNC might not be responsible at the time, he will have to answer to those affected.

It is still fresh in our memory when DBKL, under RNC's FT Ministry, refused permission for Bersih 3.0 at Dataran Merdeka, and then recently, refused permission for Janji Demokrasi (aka Janji Bersih) at the same venue. The huge crowds seen at both events at the risk of arrest and bodily harm have proven beyond doubt that DBKL's actions were unpopular. The multi-racial composition of the crowds has proven the emergence of a new mindset based on universal values. RNC will be held responsible for the fiascoes at both events, and no amount of money will be able to reverse the trend against the high-handed actions by the authorities.


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