About thesarawakspirit

Concerned about issues in Sarawak, Sabah and generally Malaysia

A short poem for GE13

Dakwat kurang kekal #instaraw

Dakwat kurang kekal #instaraw (Photo credit: dckf_$êr@pH!nX)

A poetic reply to a poetic comment on http://uppercaise.wordpress.com/2013/05/07/the-pantun-apek-apa-lagi-dia-mahu.

Bersih demonstration is for clean and fair elections,
A Pakatan Rakyat supporter I am not,
Blaming elections results on a race is provocation,
A peaceful leader he is not

When there are irregularities and people doing wrong
The people should protest and ask for fairness
The country to the people it really belongs
Pursuing the truth the righteous are fearless

Respect the vote of the people I agree wholeheartedly
KY, your denial of our rights for fair and clean elections I reject completely

I recognise the government, PR or BN, if the election is fair,
There is evidence it is not, I voice out because I care

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Choosing Whom to Support in GE13

I am normally politically neutral. However during these coming GE13 elections, I am compelled to choose a side to support.

Factor 1: Najib and His Antics

Malaysian Prime Minister, Najib Tun Razak

Malaysian Prime Minister, Najib Tun Razak (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Najib has been embroiled in many issues and alleged scandals, namely

  • Scorpene submarines that can’t submerge
  • mysterious death of a Mongolian lady Altantuya, killed using army-grade explosives
  • money politics claim by Abdul Kadir, who is ex UMNO member
  • lavish spending by his wife, prompting allegations of illegal income
  • increasing national debt while dishing out financial goodies such as BR1M

I believe that someone else in Malaysia can do a significantly better job as Prime Minister than him.

Factor 2: BN Negative Politics

Pehin Sri Haji Abdul Taib bin Mahmud, Chief Mi...

Pehin Sri Haji Abdul Taib bin Mahmud, Chief Minister of Sarawak, at an international media and environment summit in 2005. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

BN has embarked on a political campaign that borders on absurdity:

  • a political manifesto that copies from Pakatan Rakyat. It is clear that BN copies some points such as reducing the price of cars (I don’t support lying politicians. They should have acknowledged this suggestion by Pakatan Rakyat)
  • endorsing extremist politicians like people from PERKASA such as Ibrahim Ali and Zuklifi Noordin
  • not cooperating with BERSIH
  • not showing sufficient effort in investigating major corruption cases such as the one involving Sabah’s CM Musa Aman and Sarawak’s CM Taib Mahmud
  • gross misrepresentation in mass media which is controlled by BN and friends
  • EC and ROS taking actions benefiting BN
  • ill-thought campaigning tactics such as hiring scantily dressed singers to perform, giving out free dinner, promising development money in exchange for votes, advertising skills in singing, lewd videos distribution, heckling other parties’ political speech

BN are shooting themselves in their feet. I don’t endorse such type of politics. Any morally upright Malaysian will support their political competitor.

Factor 3: PR Politics of Hope

English: Anwar Ibrahim Türkçe: Enver İbrahim

English: Anwar Ibrahim Türkçe: Enver İbrahim (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

PR has done quite well in their political strategy so far.

  • unveiling clear aims in their manifesto
  • pursuing reconcilation – Anwar spoke about forgiving Mahathir
  • stellar governance record in Penang and Selangor
  • promise of focus on education, press freedom, information freedom and combating corruption

No one can say for sure if the country will be better under the rule of PR. However, PR people have been saying and acting the right way so far in general.

Choosing A Side

Clearly BN should not be given another 5 years to rule. PR should be given a chance to rule for the next 5 years. Furthermore, PR has been treated unfairly in many ways by BN which yield huge control over national instruments such as TV1, 2 and 3 and major newspapers.

These are people who spend time and effort to bring positive change to the people. And now they are competing in the elections under unfair conditions. Why don’t we balance the playing field for PR by helping them?