Friday, February 3, 2012

When Pakatan Rakyat Forms the Federal Government

That I am a very staunch supporter of Tun Mahathir should be obvious to everyone.

I am pro-BN, pro-BN Govt and support the government of the day under Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib and Deputy Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin.

But it is not blind support.

It does not mean that I agree with everything the Government says or does. Follow some of the bloggers listed at this blog and find the Government, is never immune from hostile comments and will be questioned, when it is found wanting.

I admit and neither can it be denied, there are shortcomings and weaknesses that leaves much to be desired, whether within individual Barisan Nasional component parties or the Barisan as a whole, that needs to be addressed.

The Barisan Nasional is not perfect. Nobody ever claimed it was.

If I were to say that corruption, cronyism and nepotism does not exist, I certainly would be dishonest, if not plain stupid.

As far as all Malaysians are concerned from the rural folks right up to us the urban dwellers, corruption is the endemic disease that needs to be eradicated, permanently.

Not only within the Government. The GLCs and Corporations.

It is all about greed.

Greed leads to corruption of which cronyism and nepotism is a prerequisite ingredient or by product.

It's all about power.

Power which also leads to corruption, no need mentioning a particular personality at this point.

Most specifically, I abhor the use or rather the abuse of race and religion in politics.

Racial and religious issues exploited by every political and non-political entities have become the norm, for the pursuit of power and greed.

There is nothing wrong in defending race and religion but when it becomes extreme tit for tat, all sensitivities are lost. Common sense out the window.

We were never like this before.

When did all of this start?

I will say it now, the blame lies squarely on Pak Lah. I say it again, Pak Lah.

Firstly, it was exacerbations with allegations of corruption, nepotism and cronyism that contributed and hastened the former PM handing over the reins of Government to Datuk Seri Najib.

Secondly, Pak Lah may have had the best of intentions, though many among us disagree, but the fact of the matter is Malaysian society, is not suited to a completely open society, socially and culturally.

Our civil society is given and prone to all sorts of manipulation inside and outside the country.

We should be more guarded in how we manage this "new found freedom", post Pak Lah, to demands for every right existing on this planet.

If the unhealthy and divisive state we all are in now, is not proof that a totally open society is incompatible to Malaysian society, then I do not know what is.

This unhealthy and divisive state of affairs has escalated with the opposition gains of GE 2008 and has not subsided one bit with no end in sight.

NGOs, supposedly apolitical vanguards and reformers for civil society, very coincidentally having similar opposition political agendas, arouse high emotions among sections of citizenry but always denying intent and liable consequences.

For and on both sides. Retaliations making matters worse.

There can be no denying utilising the alternative media, the cyberworld and every instrument and tool of the internet, is a major contributing factor in the escalation.

The mainstream media cannot be blameless.

It is politically correct even chic nowadays to say that racial and religious sensitivities are a thing of the past. We are now more matured. More knowledgeable. More discerning.

If that were the case, why fuss over pig heads and white ang pows?

Who is making a fuss? The mainstream media, the alternative media?

You will hear the following statements being repeated and repeated as GE 13 draws near.

"We must do away with race based political parties".

"Parti Keadilan Rakyat is proof of a successful multi racial party"

"DAP is now admitting more Malays"

"and PAS..."

PAS what?

"Never mind PAS, Anything But Umno."

"We don't buy that 'racial violence will flare' threat anymore. May 13 1969 is legacy and bogeyman of the Barisan Govt. We are now a more responsible and matured society."

The pig heads and white ang pows has been hogging the limelight with intensity, a pun intended.

Who is making a bigger fuss? The mainstream media, the alternative media?

Do we need an Anders Brevik unleashed upon us, shed our tears and then blame the moon, the sun and the stars? After the Government had been soundly condemned and blamed as being causative?

One thing I know for sure, of late we suffer from the "it will never happen to us here and now" syndrome and complacency, ably aided by "civil society".

"Civil society" must be given credit for Malaysians being more civil.

Just read your twitter, facebook and blogs.

Even those claiming to support BN and the Government.

The spewing lies and spreading hatred is sickening.

You may say my Government is corrupt and racist.

At the very least, this "corrupt" and "racist" Government has given us peace and prosperity for as long as I can remember.

As long as I can remember, I could go to church and pray, freely.

I have got my education.

Ever since eligible to vote, I have voted in every election, freely.

My two elections vote after my first were for the opposition.

I remember too, I and others could be openly critical, in the coffee shops, office and anywhere towards that man.

The one I have the greatest admiration now, Tun Mahathir.

The Government I support has stood every difficult test in time, and to continue doing so, mistakes and excesses of the past and present, must not be allowed to occur and continue.

There is no denying there is a lot to be done and has to be done.

The economy, security, education, homes, environment.

The wealth and health of the nation and it's people must be kept in good hands.

It is now, more than ever, a daunting task.

Datuk Seri Najib is only 3 years into the job and the signs are positive, not all, but at least he focuses on the important issues. He is working very hard. It reminds me of that man.

Of course, in doing so, you cannot please all of the people all of the time.

You can please all of the people some of the time.

But you cannot and should not please some of the people all of the time.

The Barisan Nasional and it's predecessor, the Perikatan, has always had the right formula.

From Merdeka as the Alliance then and an extended family as the National Front now.

Sharing and caring.

Which brings me to the main topic, what would happen when Pakatan Rakyat forms the next federal government?

Brother Anwar Bin Ibrahim, indisputably by "consensus" , is Prime Minister of choice.

And who would be Deputy Prime Minister?

What about Minister of Finance? My opinion - Lim Guan Eng will be heavily recommended for this post by his DAP party.

Penang State Chief Minister saudara Lim's accomplishments, bringing in record FDIs, reducing state debt, improving his state security and implementing major projects, cannot be ignored.

But Anwar Ibrahim is the Prime Minister and recent convention dictates the Prime Minister to hold the Finance Minister post as well. Unless of course, Pakatan Rakyat does away with convention.

PAS candidacy for both posts cannot be ruled out, depending on which party holding the most seats in Parliament, it will be a contentious and drawn out affair filling those two posts among the Pakatan partners. And that's just for starters.

Here are other important portfolios -

Home Affairs
Education
Defence
Foreign Affairs

Folks, to put you back on page, the Pakatan Rakyat does not have a Shadow cabinet, period.

What they do have are shadow committees in 2009 barring the Deputy Prime Minitership. Bear in mind some of the MPs are no longer Rakyat of the Pakatan.

Just to illustrate how improbable it is going be, for the portfolios I mention, here are the Pakatan candidates -

Finance Ministry
PKR: Mohamed Azmin Ali
PAS: Dr Dzulkifli Ahmad
DAP: Lim Guan Eng

Despite strong claims from the DAP, with all it's Secretary General's accomplishments, it pales when compared to the other strong candidate for the Finance Minister spot.

Azmin Ali's one and only accomplishment, being apple of the eye and blue-eyed boy, of the Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim himself.

Home Ministry
PKR: Datuk Johari Abdul
PAS: Salahuddin Ayub
DAP: Karpal Singh

Do you already see the oncoming collision course? Never mind, let's proceed.

By present convention all Prime Ministers of Malaysia has helmed the Education post and allowing for the Pakatan to break away from convention, this is what is offered.

Education Ministry
PKR: Yusmadi Yusoff
PAS: Che Uda Che Nik
DAP: Chong Eng

Who? Prime Minister material? I do know YB Chong Eng. She is from my era.

Then there is defence. It should be already understood by now, some of the candidates cannot fill certain portfolios because of race. I am sorry but that is a fact. Politically and realistically. In as far as the Defence Ministry is concerned this is more pertinently so. Of course I could be proven wrong, so here it is.

Defence Ministry
PKR: Saifuddin Nasution Ismail
PAS: Datuk Seri Muhammad Nizar Jamaluddin
DAP: Liew Chin Tong

Forget Saifuddin, appropriately, Headband Nizar is a shoo in for the post.

As for as the Foreign Ministry, this are the choices.

Foreign Ministry
PKR: Sivarasa Rasiah
PAS: Datuk Kamarudin Jaffar
DAP: Dr P Ramasamy

You would also have noticed that Guan Eng and Ramasamy will have to vacate their State Govt position. Or maybe not, the DAP is adept at holding multiple posts.

It is easy to declare "I support the security of Israel", and "I support Hudud" when you are not the Prime Minister. It does not have any effect on the country.

That said, when combined how these oxymoronic 'I support this' and 'I support that' by a Prime Minister be practical, as an official foreign or economic policy if at all it is accepted officially, the Pakatan Rakyat is conveniently silent.

Brother Anwar thinks the Makciks and Pakciks in the remote villages are only interested in the Koran, that their economic concerns are secondary and that complex matters like foreign direct investment are beyond their comprehension.

Lawyers , who would consider him " a mullah from somewhere", among his cabinet, can be capable and negotiate foreign treaties and economic agreements, meandering the two opposing policy matters.

Therefore, Brother Anwar Bin Ibrahim Ibrahim, will support this, that and everything in between.

This is only the start when Pakatan Rakyat forms the Federal Government.

4 comments:

Dave Avran said...

Well written, bro Freddie.
You have put succinctly into words what many of us feel but are struggling to say. Syabas!

warm regards

Freddie Kevin said...

Dear Dave,

Really sorry for late publish for your your comment.

Took adavantage of the lonnng weekend and holidays to close one eye on politics.

Had both eyes wide open just yesterday, when, who should I meet having prawn mee?

YB Wee Choo Keong. Exchanged greetings and...a Wee bit of politics.

Appreciate your comment, Bro.


Yours truly
Freddie

Snuze said...

Excellent elucidation, as usual, Freddie.

Those who have never been involved in grassroot politics have it easy when it comes to condemning BN and all their component parties. I will admit that there have been mistakes and there is DEFINITELY room for improvement.

But I was also witness as to how grassroot politics lent a helping hand to those in need without asking for thanks. PJ used to have quite a number of kampung rumah haram, remember? These settlements are prone to destruction by fire. Who were those who came at 2 am and help make arrangements for resettlement, providing start up cash and helping with the police reports so that they could get their documents reissued?

BN parties. And you know what burns me? When it was BN parties who helped them get a temporary shelter AND arrange for them to get a lead up for affordable housing, they had the nerve to fly the PKR and PAS banners at the halfway homes when none of their reps came to even said how are you.

These are but a small bit of how BN has served the country. But many people have short memories. And they buy too easily into conspiracy theories.

:(

Freddie Kevin said...

Hi Snuze,

Understand your anger and disatisfaction.

I know from a very very very reliable source that there was an UMNO division chairman who funded a Chinese student university education.

It was in response to the student's father request for assistance.

These are the things that would not reach the public domain.

There is a lot inherent good in the BN Govt AND a lot of greedy, I will call them, opportunists.

They are in it only to make quick but big bucks.

BN must rid these rodents.

Always a pleasure having your comments.

TTFN
Freddie