Monday, April 26, 2010

A BN Buy-election

Check out Art Harun’s posting today in his blog “ARTiculations” on the Hulu Selangor buy-election (yep, the correct word is buy-election, not by-election! Anwar Ibrahim quoted a sum of RM100 million spent by the federal government to win this by-election, and Najib Razak had defended the federal spending saying it was not vote-buying but really to help the public! Wah, he is so benevolent and generous to the people of Hulu Selangor! Kindly refer to webpage http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/index.php/malaysia/61354-bn-accuses-pkr-of-paying-voters). Art himself wrote that many Malays do not know the difference between a “gift” (for which they should be thankful or grateful) and something which they are already entitled to.

He was referring to the RM50,000 paid to each of the 100 FELDA settlers. That money was not a gift from the government. Nor was it a contribution of any sort from the government. That money belonged to the settlers in the first place because their lands were been taken away more than 10 years ago. That money was long due to them. So there was nothing to be thankful to the government for paying it.

They are owed about a million each for their lands. They are now paid 50,000 bucks and they thought it was a gift.

Okay, somebody should tell them in their faces that they have been played for a fool.

Art also talked about the Indians being a predictable lot. They would follow whatever the Barisan Nasional say. Even if UMNO rejected their own party’s preferred candidate, the Indians would still support BN. MIC had wanted Palanivel. Local UMNO boys preferred Mugilan. UMNO head honchos put in he-whose-name-is-truly-1Malaysia. And the Indians still supported him.

Again, somebody should tell them to have a mind of their own and stick to it!

But even as I reproduce the above comments – let us not be quick to judge the electorate. We should be cautious about claims that are more generalization than fact. There are significant numbers of Malays and Indians who are enlightened and who see through the trickeries of BN. After all, Zaid Ibrahim did pocket 23,272 votes!

It is interesting to read that the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission chief commissioner Abu Kassim Mohamed was surprised at the legal setbacks the MACC faced in recent corruption cases. Abu Kassim had told Nanyang Siang Pau that the MACC had been confident of winning the case against the two former Perak PKR state exco members and three others, but had to drop the charges in the end for having failed to establish a prima facie case against them (The Sun, April 26, 2010, p 6). I am suspicious, aren’t you?

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