Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Pakatan Rakyat Shadow Budget, Shadow Cabinet and Shadow Play

Following up on my post yesterday I said that Pakatan Rakyat should also unveil its shadow cabinet. It will allow the rakyat to assess whether the Pakatan federal "Ministers" are competent to disburse the allocations, let alone competent to run the ministries.

You see up to now there is no Pakatan Rakyat federal shadow cabinet.

This despite numerous calls upon the Pakatan coalition to provide a federal shadow cabinet as reported by Nutgraph and also posted in the Malaysian Bar portal and articulated by Dr Sivamurugan Pandian from Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) in FreeMalaysiaToday, to do so.

Finally bowing to those growing calls what they did form was not a shadow cabinet but a shadow parliamentary committees.

Nathaniel Tan curiously starts his post,

"it may not *exactly* be in the shape some of us imagined"

I don't "exactly" know what he meant by that. But more interestingly blogsite malaysianpolitics.wordpress.com carrying Nathaniel's post, apologetically remarks and cites a pertinent quote,

"Perhaps one out of the three would be named Minister, and the other two would be Deputies, should the time come that they truly take over the reins. I don’t know. I’m just saying, I find it odd."

"A committee is a group of people who individually can do nothing but collectively meet and decide that nothing can be done." - Governor Alfred Smith

The latest mention of shadows in the Pakatan I could find, was carried by the Raja Perkara Konspirasi in March of this year.

If one were to read the original post at Malaysia Today then, you will see the author admitting a fear that is unfolding now. Quote the author,

"Some of the members of the shadow committees have defected, making the members list outdated. It has to be updated."

Defection will be a key word when he says,

"For instance, observe the issue of Islamic state. Members and sympathizers of Pakatan Rakyat have defended some of the frictions by stating that it is part of democratic culture, where there will always be difference of opinions."

And his real fear,

"The bickering that might happen due to who should be whom might even reduce the chance of Pakatan Rakyat winning the next general election."

Those quotes sums up precisely what this post is all about.

Pakatan Rakyat is all about shadow play, Wayang Kulit.

The Shadow Pakatan Budget will be only that, like their shadow cabinet committee, shadowy.

Oh yes, The Pakatan Rakyat has a shadow cabinet, in Sarawak, from Pakatan Rakyat Chief Minister designate reduced here and here when Cina DAP tocang naik.

Even though Malaysians are a forgiving lot, should the time come god forbid, will Datuk Seri Anwar tit-for-tat the DAP, being Prime Minister designate not mentioned in the shadow cabinet committee?

"DAP Members of Parliament declares our whole-hearted support for Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim as the Parliamentary Opposition Leader and the Prime Minister designate for Pakatan Rakyat."

All emphasis in text quoted not in their original posts are mine


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Comic relief Added 4.20 pm

Rolling On Floor Laughing My Ass Off

Scrutinising the Shadow Committee of the Pakatan Rakyat, seriously folks, is good for a laugh.

In a previous post I mentioned not mentioning PKR. In this post defections alluded to had depleted the number of PKR candidates. Some of the others are not 'Who's Who' more like 'Huh?Huh?'.

As for the DAP, well here goes.

PKR YBs gone. Datuk Zahrain - Transport Ministry, Tan Tee Beng - Youth and Sports Ministry, Wee Choo Keong - Federal Territories Ministry, Zulkifli Nordin - Higher Education Ministry, N. Gobalakrishnan - Natural Resources and Environment Ministry

Nearly more - S. Manikavasagam.

The laughing "Yes, that's him. No, that's not him" Datuk Johari Abdul - Home Ministry no less.

And for good measure sitting along side Karpal Singh.

Must be a first in Malaysia, dual portfolios held other than Prime Ministers, William Leong - Prime Minister's Dept and International Trade and Industry.

Now here is a howler. The alternative budget must come from the Finance Ministry Committee. DAP Minister - Lim Guan Eng. Must be, right? Such an important portfolio other than Prime Minister. Okay, never mind.

Finance Minister or not but surely, Lim Guan Eng can cite source of National Income by him getting loads and loads of FDI to Malaysia by virtue of being the safest country in the Universe!

Hahahahahaha. Aiyoh, must stop, stomach pain.

Yes, yes it's a committee.

Apa lu orang ni ingat Malaysia ini korang punya bapa punya kelab ah?

Oops. Sorry forgot, Wayang Kulit.

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