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December 24, 2010

100-day reforms: BN has lost and Pakatan deserves a chance

Mariam Mokhtar, Malaysia Chronicle

Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin scoffed at Pakatan’s 100-day reforms in the event that they formed the federal government and reminded the public ‘why BN has been in power for more than half a century and counting’.

His shameless attempt to discredit Pakatan is an insult to the electorate. He said, “Pakatan can promise the sun, moon, stars and mountains… But that is not the way of the BN government. We cannot squander our nation’s wealth.”

Muhyiddin is far removed from reality. People are disillusioned. After 53 years, the nation is more divided than ever, and our economy is in tatters. Our standards in education are falling, our defence budget is spiraling out of control and the civil service is bloated. The Prime minister’s residence and the King’s palace are undergoing a multi-million magical transformation whilst some people live without piped water and electricity.

Does Muhyiddin still think the electorate deserves to give BN another chance? Is 53 years of failure not long enough?

Muhyiddin said, “For BN, the prime minister has already a long road map for a high-income nation. But Pakatan only has plans for their first 100 days. They have absolutely no plans to reform the economy or anything.”

Only a megalomaniac will equate ‘high-spending’ with ‘high-income’? The mega-projects that the Prime minister announced are mere monuments to vanity, to satisfy BN’s perverse ego that bigger is always better.

The Pakatan led states of Penang and Selangor are examples of good governance and they have introduced younger voices to have a greater say in shaping policy On the other hand, BN’s talk sounds outdated and wearisome.

Malaysia’s lack of political reforms means that our ranking in ‘The Democracy Index’ is 71 out of 167 countries. Ours is defined as a ‘flawed democracy’. The Economist Intelligence Unit which compiles this index bases its findings on electoral process and pluralism, civil liberties, functioning of government, political participation and political culture.

Muhyiddin should realise that amongst other things, there is a restriction on our freedom of expression, the Internal Security Act is used to stifle criticism and university students are barred from participation in politics.

Would the DPM care to come up with a similar package for reform because the only things most people remember from the BN convention are Najib’s four political diseases ‘inertia, delusion, amnesia and arrogance’. Besides, its 7-point charter lacked not just lustre but also substance.

Unsurprisingly, Muhyiddin belittles not just the opposition, but also the public and companies. He said, “They probably think that the general election is close, so maybe they know better than us. They are just luring voters with their empty promises, like a supermarket sale.”

Not content with insulting the electorate, our DPM must also ridicule the retailers. He believes that ‘supermarket sales’ are just a gimmick with ‘their empty promises’.

One sincerely hopes the consortium of Malaysian retailers such as Giant, Tesco and Carrefour will protest at such a damaging charge.

If Pakatan has to make good on its promises, as pledged in its 100-day reform, then it also faces a long, thankless slog repairing the damage and economic mess of 53 years of BN rule.

Pakatan has dared to announce their reforms and it is for the electorate to choose if they are attractive enough for deciding their future.

Has BN been as ambitious in its political reforms? As far as many can see, BN’s policies are more of the ‘same-old, same-old’.

At least Pakatan leaders are on the right track. It has shown preparedness, clarity and bold vision for a better government. Who dares wins!

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3 Comments »

  1. We want to assure the DPM that Sarawakians shall certainly vote wisely in the coming election after having mindlessly and stupidly voted for BN for the last 47 years. We want to thank Muhyiddin for reminding all Sarawakians to be wise and not be stupid again to vote for BN.

    Comment by Mata Kuching — December 24, 2010 @ 3:03 PM | Reply

  2. To think we ever had an Education Minister. Or a Deputy Education Minister!

    Anyway, looks like PR have already started thinking well ahead.

    Top 10 Reasons Why Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin shoud RESIGN:


    10.
    Formation of a Royal Commission to solve the problem of illegal immigrants and citizenship issues in Sabah and Sarawak.

    9.
    Increasing oil royalty payments to Sabah, Sarawak, Terengganu and Kelantan from 5 percent to 20 per cent, and

    8.
    Cancelling Felda plantations and opening up its farms to second- and third generation Felda settlers

    7.
    Free wireless Internet access to those in urban and semi-urban areas

    6.
    Transferring private water concessions to the government

    5.
    Revamp the salary scale of civil servants and increasing teachers’ salary by RM500 a month

    4.
    Restructure of the country’s subsidies, including transferring gas subsidies to private power producers to the public at large

    3.
    Take over of tolled highway so that tolls can be abolished

    2.
    Repeal of the Internal Security Act (ISA)

    1.
    Restructure of institutions including the Elections Commission (EC), the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), the Attorney-General’s Chambers and the Royal Malaysian Police.

    Comment by Watcha — December 24, 2010 @ 11:24 AM | Reply

    • 100 DAY REFORMS?

      WE NEED MOE THAN 100,000 DAYS TO RECTIFY UMNO BN VANDALISM AND DAMAGE OF COUNTRY!

      OK! Pakatan we can vote for you for the reforms. If you win, Sarawak and Sabah are also waiting for the”full autonomy” you promised within the 100 days.

      As have been said better still give us our “full independence” if you are that progressive and enlightened! Also return the money stolen from our oil and gas resources over 47 years. We want this to rectify the damage done by UMNO PBB BN in Sabah and Sarawak!

      Mariam- as for “flawed democracy”- unsure if it means “no democracy” or really dictatorship of the few over the many?

      We want a real government of the people by the people for the people.

      Muhyiddin said – “Pakatan can promise the sun, moon, stars and mountains… But that is not the way of the BN government. We cannot squander our nation’s wealth.”

      We say to you UMNO PBB BN – WE WANT TO TAKE BACK OUR MOUNTAINS LAID BARE BY YOUR CORRUPT REGIME AND WANT TO TAKE BACK OUR COUNTRY SARAWAK!

      WE WANT TO GET RID OF YOU ALL BAJINGAN2!

      You said “SQUANDER” ???! Shit! Who has been squandering our oil wealth and causing major damage to people’s lives and environment with their fascist/racist apartheid policies for 47/53 years?

      Watcha gave “Top 10 Reasons Why Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin should RESIGN” (and suggest he and all of UMNO commit harakiri):

      10. Formation of a Royal Commission to solve the problem of illegal immigrants and citizenship issues in Sabah and Sarawak.

      Comments: Another Royal Commission? Whatever for. Seems like another waste of time and public funds. Just CANCEL all Mycads issued to (ILLEGAL) foreigners who were reclassified as “Melayu” and organise deportation back to country of origin. Restore citizenship right native people who have been made stateless by the above mentioned UMNO BN racist policies.

      (May be too much to ask to abolish the monarchy system as Sabah and Sarawak will never have a King to rule Malaysia- Then you have some “democracy”. But why worry if Pakatan will kindly give us our independence any way!)
      ____________________________________________________________________________________

      9. Increasing oil royalty payments to Sabah, Sarawak, Terengganu and Kelantan from 5 percent to 20 per cent, and

      Comments: Disagree totally! We demand for more!

      Why 20% of Sabah & Sarawak oil royalty etc? We own the oil and gas in the first place and this right should be restored to US.

      Our “leaders” were sleeping when Malaya stole this right in 1963. They did not even say “we want 50%. We are the owners and have the say!” How shamefully did they submit themselves without protest!

      It should be 100%. Kuala Lumpur robbed us for 47 years and it should not get one more cent from us. It should pay us back all the money from 47 years of robbery so we can use to compensate those who suffered from UMNO PBB BN policies and to use the money to re-construct our lopsided economy.
      ___________________________________________________________________________________

      8. Cancelling Felda plantations and opening up its farms to second- and third generation Felda settlers

      ALSO CONSIDER
      (a) cancelling titles to the NCR land illegally seized and sold to private Taib crony enterprises AND return all illegally seized land to real owners where possible and consider giving the oil plantations to the relevant tribal communities as a communal asset so all members can share the income, proper compensation paid to dispossessed landowners caused by illegal (all) seizure of NCR land profits from timber logging oil plantations and dam buildings.

      (b) SEEK out the private companies involved in the plunder and make them return profits from the land robberies,

      (c) Replant the wasted land caused timber logging with native trees to re-generate our country’s lungs and environment, distribute land to the landless farmers plan for agricultural self sufficient in basic foods like rice etc.
      ___________________________________________________________________________________

      7. Free wireless Internet access to those in urban and semi-urban areas

      Comments: Yes but not sure why this demand? A smart gov’t should be in touch with its people.

      ____________________________________________________________________________________

      6. Transferring private water concessions to the government

      Comments: YES, YES! Fully agreed. All public utilities including the new Kuching sewer system which Taib has monopolised.

      Improve public BUS transport TO ALL SUBURBS.

      Consider trans Borneo fast rail system from Sarawak to Brunei and Sabah.

      Develop and improve health system, school system bastardised by UMNO BN .
      ____________________________________________________________________________________

      5. Revamp the salary scale of civil servants and increasing teachers’ salary by RM500 a month

      Comments: This should be done- may be higher but scale down overpaid pubic servants. Importantly overdue promotion of deserving public servants and recognition for loyal service to our country Sarawak.
      ____________________________________________________________________________________

      4. Restructure of the country’s subsidies, including transferring gas subsidies to private power producers to the public at large.

      Comments: Cancel all subsidies to private power producer – why pay them to supply power when they are making oversize private profits.

      We have too many dams and our money has already been spent- so all electricity from existing dams should be provided at cheap rate to the people in all accessible areas.

      Promote or further improve any environmental friendly power sources like solar power systems and gas plants in remote inaccessible areas and even in the towns and cities- sunshine and human waste are free.

      Subsidise construction of self-reliant source of energy like gas supplies from re-cycling sewerage from Taib’s sewer system into natural cooking gas and fertilisers.

      Promote and encourage more development of this in the ulu areas. All rumah panjangs are already geared to this energy production- just need to implement construction of proper systems to have cheap self- reliant fuel system. This cuts out dependence on petroleum gas and also chopping down trees for firewood. Combined with solar panels you have all the electricity and gas ready made and relatively cheap.
      ____________________________________________________________________________________

      3. Take over of tolled highway so that tolls can be abolished

      AGREED. Free access to the highways. We have paid for them from our oil and gas money- why pay more? How silly.
      ____________________________________________________________________________________

      2. Repeal of the Internal Security Act (ISA)

      LONG OVERDUE. Arrest all Special Branch operatives/goons and bring charges for terrorism, murder, assassinations, illegal imprisonment of many and torture and killings of many innocent people since 1946. Also consider bringing charges of human rights abuses against UMNO BN and Britain during its occupation of our country (Sarawak).
      ____________________________________________________________________________________
      1. Restructure of institutions including the Elections Commission (EC), the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), the Attorney-General’s Chambers and the Royal Malaysian Police.

      LONG OVERDUE- consider abolishing these if redundant especially retire RMP which is the blunt instrument of UMNO corruption and oppression of the common people with their literal highway banditry. The RMP are public servants but behave like the master.

      Bring charges where possible against the RMP for corruption and persecution of citizens, for breach of their public duty to protect citizens not abuse them.

      Bring charges against the current and former Attorney-Generals for abuse of power including any one involved in tearing up or Land Rights Charter the Native Land Code to allow the rape and plunder of our land. Strip them of all titles awarded to such public servants.
      ____________________________________________________________________________________

      Alright, I agree that some of the above demands may be unrealistic for the present. But it is not extreme in any way as we are only ASSERTING our rights- some of which form part of the Malaysia agreement. Why compromise further as we have been sold out many times by the useless “leaders” of all BN parties?

      It requires a revolution of the people’s mindset and with the people in full and firm control of the country to get things done. Pakatan cannot possibly deliver such a transformation. So we wait and see.

      Terima Kaseh.

      end comments.

      Comment by Orang2bangkit — December 24, 2010 @ 2:29 PM | Reply


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