Hornbill Unleashed

March 14, 2010


By Maximus Kho

There appeared to be something akin to “a gauntlet thrown” for a reply to the articles on jumping politicians herein and how to in fact stem the tide.

If I may, I would like to  just take a moment to pause and state, in response, a truism.

The truism is “Qui tacet consentiret”: the maxim of the law is “Silence gives consent”. If therefore you wish to construe what my silence betokened, you must construe that I consented.

Briefly, one shouldn’t be too bothered if one doesn’t elicit the required response, as silence is a response in itself.

Nonetheless, I shall thus venture to add to the well-discussed articles. As stated above I do agree that there is much disappointment amongst the stakeholders when a candidate emerges victorious only to jump ship and join the “other side”. This is indeed a “cancer” that needs to be eradicated, for reasons that have already been much discussed.

A cleansing appears to be in order. However there is a danger of throwing out the baby with the bathwater, so to speak.  The situation is not unlike a cancer patient undergoing chemotherapy.

Those of you who have had experience with the disease will know in that situation, a lot of healthy cells are being destroyed in the process and if the treatment works than the body resumes some semblance of normality. That is the ideal situation.

What we have to bear in mind is that it doesn’t always work that way. In fact, cancer patients more often than not get a recurrence and chemotherapy needs to be initiated over again. This time, there are fewer healthy cells to be spared and the patient is weakened over and over again. And without trying to be morbid, the probability is such that it ends in tears.

Therefore the word “cleansing” is sexy and has appeal when we are faced with party members turning into political frogs. But in doing so, we should be aware that we should do so in a manner that does not put off the “healthy” members of the party.

It then develops into the classic “chicken and egg” question. Care has to be taken that the proposed cleansing does not develop into a witch-hunt that might prove terminal to the body/party. The cleansing process often develops suspicion, encourages finger pointing and cliques within the social grouping. These are the worst attributes of mankind and may prove itself to be a cancer of the worst kind.

Furthermore the political chameleons amongst us would be the hardest to catch. They will be the ones that will be most apt at camouflaging their intend vis-a-vis the ordinary member who just aspires to do fulfil his own calling at some form of social work. Thence the cleansing will end only in the healthy members being evicted and/or discouraged.

I would rather trust and appeal to the positive traits of mankind. Behavioural science defines this as “Theory Y” in direct contract to “Theory X”. In brief Theory X presumes the worst in humans, that they are lazy and work only because they need to make a living. Therefore we need to consistently police them. In short ‘ walk slowly and carry a big stick’.

‘Theory Y’ is the at the other end of the scale: we presume that people are positive and would like to work. In turn, the employers have to offer guidance, encouragement and motivation.

Ideally the person becoming a member does so because he subscribes to the party stance and manifesto. He is aware, and joins the party and never leaves because he has made a conscious choice. In reality members often join because their friends are in it and they like their friends, so what is good for Joe is good for me.

That doesn’t automatically mean that this type of members will jump because they have no ideology. They are still open to acceptance of the party’s stance and ideas. What these members need, is NOT cleansing but encouragement and guidance. Therefore the ideologists, the NGO’s, the diehards AKA the stalwarts of the party need to work continuously to keep the fire alive and pass the torch on.

Only when there is a party base that is motivated and knowledgeable of the struggles, we can talk about the processes of candidate selection that are immune to frogs. The Party should then subscribe to direct elections to party positions and candidacy.

The process then becomes truly transparent and the candidates chosen are from the grassroots themselves.

Therefore, a good starting point at eradicating these jumpers is oneself. Look yourself in the mirror and challenge yourself to join the party knowing it is an uphill climb and fraught with sacrifices. After that, try and motivate the members around you and get some like-minded people to be members. When you have the required numbers, things will happen.

It is too easy to sit at the keyboard, blame Anwar for the frogs and deliver him ultimatums. We must understand he has started a momentum but he cannot do it alone. He should not do it alone, as the stakes are high for the ordinary Malaysian.


  1. ➡ CRAZY FROG ❗ 🙄

    Comment by Ho Ho Ho — March 17, 2010 @ 9:45 PM | Reply

  2. Ho 😆 Ho 😆 Ho 😆
    ➡ Those jumping FROGs are really hungry for $$$Money lah and they have betray the RAKYAT POWER that voted for them and they will get their KARMA comes 13th GE 🙄 and PEOPLEs POWER will kick them all froggy out forever 🙄 🙄 🙄

    Comment by Ho Ho Ho — March 17, 2010 @ 9:08 PM | Reply

  3. All kind of jumping frogs found in Malaysian jungle.

    Most jump because of the lure of money.

    Some jump because of the attraction of power.

    But none will jumps because of the welfare of the ‘rakyat’.

    Comment by PH Chin — March 15, 2010 @ 12:53 PM | Reply

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  5. I agree we must encourage party members who subscribe to Theory Y, and want to work, as well as punish those who follow Theory X, and serve only themselves.

    These ideas aren’t new. In the 5th century BC, Meng Zi proposed that human nature is essentially good, while two centuries later Xun Zi argued that human nature is fundamentally evil.

    But most members of political parties are not one or the other. Instead they are a mixture of both, like ordinary Malaysians too. So we must encourage excellence among members like some land rights lawyers, and condemn certain greedy members whose only aim is to become “YB”. PKR must take a stand on both fronts.

    Anwar does, in fact, need an ultimatum from civil society. Surely Anwar must have given himself an ultimatum by now, after all those slimy frogs left. We, the ordinary Malaysians and voters, should keep up the pressure on Anwar to do the right thing. We ought to support reformasi, both internal and external.

    Comment by Pak Bui — March 14, 2010 @ 4:02 PM | Reply

  6. If we were to equate financial vulnerability to susceptibility to jump, then the opposition will be seriously depleted. Mosts of them are idealistic, in various degrees, and therefore are financially challenged most of the time.

    Thence belief in the goodness of our fellow man remains one of the few options.

    “We live by admiration, hope and love.” – William Wordsworth

    Comment by Fabian Ngui — March 14, 2010 @ 12:02 PM | Reply

  7. We live in a less than perfect world so the “ular” cannot satisfy itself and say “memang lah begitu” of the frog! There are others in the chain that prey on the “ular”!

    With sustainability as a a new value in our brave new world, we could still make the best out of the most difficult situations.

    What do we need? Sounds corny but faith is what we need!

    Even the bloody blasphemous UMNO has a place in their otherwise rarefied world. If only to burst your bubble! 😉

    Comment by Watcha — March 14, 2010 @ 11:41 AM | Reply

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