Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Vote-fishing at Kuala Besut

UMNO-BN is determined to win the Kuala Besut by-election at all costs. If you have been reading media reports, the political monolith has been promising generous funds totaling at least RM337 million! According to Bersih, the fiscal undertakings were made by the Prime Minister's Department, Education Ministry, Agriculture Ministry, Terengganu state government and Syarikat Perumahan Negara Bhd (SPNB) amongst others.

Bersih said if divided among the 17,679 registered voters, it meant a vote in Kuala Besut is worth an unprecedented RM19,089.92 so far, provided that all the election pledges are fulfilled.

This financial largesse is, to put it simply, vote-fishing – and it is a corrupt practice because it is an abuse of public funds. Already, Bersih is questioning why marginalised communities must depend on promises during elections and by-elections to get the infrastructural development they are entitled to. Indeed, political expediency rules over everything else in this country and every time there is an election (or by-election), the electorate waits in line for their freebies. 

Yesterday, MAS Melor Toastmasters aborted their meeting – they probably couldn’t muster a quorum – and I went to the Sime Darby Healthcare Toastmasters meeting instead. It was a short meeting and only twelve attended, six of whom were guests. Still I have not been to their meeting for a long while – the last time was on December 13, 2011 – so it is really great to be there and see familiar faces like Choong Jay Vee, Kelly Lai and Dr Hanis.

Sorry, I didn’t manage to capture photos of the General Evaluator, Stephen Fernando!

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