The beginning of a new dawn 2

Pls read this article which I posted yesterday first: The Beginning of a new Dawn before reading today’s post, which is a part 2.

Malaysiakini reported that Lim Guan Eng from DAP has been sworn in as Penang Chief Minister.

Yesterday, a PAS assemblyman was sworn in as the Menteri Besar of Kedah. Three other states , Selangor, Perak and Kelantan will be ruled by parties not belonging to Barisan Nasional.

This is indeed a new beginning.

These new governments will have no experience in governing. The people must give them sufficient time and the old regime must be prepared to come forward to enable a smooth transition. After all, it is the people’s interest that is of utmost importance, not individuals or even parties.

This is also a new experience for the civil service in these states. Too often, after 50 years of BN rules, civil servants have behaved as if they are BN members working for BN politicians.

Now is the time to learn that they are professional administrators. Political leaders come and go, but civil service must remain neutral and above partisan politics. They must be prepared to cooperate and work for whichever party that wins the mandate of the people.

To ensure progress and prosperity of these states, the Federal Government must be big enough to extend full cooperation to these state governments. After all, they are the representatives of the people who are the real boss of the country. This is democracy and now is a time for those in power to learn the true meaning of democracy.

The old way of boycotting and sabotaging development for areas that vote for the opposition must be discarded. All peruntukan (funds) from government must be given to all areas equally, regardless of whether those areas were pro BN or pro-opposition. That is the spirits of democracy.

For BN, especially UMNO, this is the time to do serious soul searching. UMNO must discard its hegemonic position within the BN. They must listen to the views of the smaller component parties. They must discard “if you don’t like, you get out from BN” type of attitude.

Anyway, if they express such threat and the smaller parties leave BN and join the opposition, UMNO may not even be able to get a simple majority to rule in the Federal Government. Such is the precarious position that if 29 BN members cross over to the other side, UMNO will lose its majority in the Parliament.

UMNO ministers must learn to be more humble and not become intolerant of criticism. They must learn not to utter sensitive words that hurt the feelings  of other people. They must learn not to play up racial or religious issues to move up politically.

For the smaller BN parties, this is the time to return to your grassroots. Many leaders, once they become YBs, have forgotten to be humble and acting as if they cannot be wrong and cannot be wronged!!

Speak out on behalf of the people. Do not hide behind the standard phrase ” work through proper channel” when the so-called “proper channel” is only one way traffic – UMNO talks and all other parties listen.

Perhaps BN leaders should seriously think of disbanding the individual parties and merging into a single multiracial entity.

The days of race politics are now numbered.

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11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. petestop
    Mar 11, 2008 @ 13:41:12

    Gerakan should consider joining the Opposition, really…

    Though I’m no supporter of BN, I’m a admirer of Gerakan for their past achievements
    in Penang.

    Gerakan was an opposition party back then and many of the party’s constitution
    and ideology still struck a chord with the Winds of Change that is taking place in
    Malaysia.

    However, the moment Gerakan join the BN/Alliances, it starts to compromise its
    own ideology… compromises which leads eventually to being a party without any
    principle.

    The only action that Gerakan ever does nowadays is to submit to the
    “ketuanan Melayu” of the likes of lunatic keris-waving Hishamuddin and
    the Malay-supremacist Nazi-wannabe Khairy.

    Gerakan needs to do soul-searching and go back to its roots, of fighting
    for a Malaysian Malaysia.

    It can never be within the BN, as we’ve witnessed what the next generation
    of the racist UMNO true face, even more so, when given such a big mandate
    in 2004 election.

    Dump UMNO, it is a liability that can never be rationalised over, irregardless
    of whatever media spin and bombardment on us. We’re NOT stupid.

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  2. John Lim
    Mar 11, 2008 @ 14:58:53

    Beside the factors mentioned that caused the massive swing to the oppositions, I think the Barack Obama factor may play a part. It is mind-boggling to see white Americans so receptive of a black man. This shows the spirit of democracy at its best – that it is not the color or creek but the character of the person that the masses is going to vote for. Indeed the days of race politics are numbered and John Howard paid a huge price when he toyed with Pauline Hanson’s leaning.

    I believe, from this election, the people of Malaysia will be more united and the non-Malays feel more at home in their own country. Many love their country and its way of life. If the BR can deliver a Malaysian Malaysia, I am of the opinion that a reverse brain-drain can happen in the near future and Malaysia would be a country to watch – 2020 can be a reality than it is now.

    The Barack Obama factor gives minority hope and the major race some soul-searching to do that is accepting a person for who he is and what he can deliver. For BN, the policy of all-inclusiveness is long overdue. Quota system is outdated and deterimental and it requires drastic changes with the coalition but as the saying goes, better late than never or become irrelevent.

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  3. monsterball
    Mar 11, 2008 @ 16:46:27

    Yes Doc…It is the beginning of the end for …divide to rule and race/religion politics.
    Yes tomorrow look bright brighter than thousands yesterdays.
    The power of people….finally been practiced….so wisely…so serious for their country and the people…that must have shocked the government.Those who pretend to be useful…like MIC and Gerakan …Kyveas and his mosquito party….are all wiped out….sending clear message to UMNO.
    MCA given enough to breath ..or go drown themselves.
    Yes …this is the beginning of the end..fo a new beginning that will never end.
    Now …..Check this out!! They said Zakaria…famous Klang satay man has died.
    One said heart attack..one said commit suicide.
    Is this a rumour?

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  4. monsterball
    Mar 11, 2008 @ 17:14:43

    It’s confirmed. He is dead.
    Pak Lah and Najib attended the funeral…speaks so much about UMNO’s corruptions.

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  5. VJ
    Mar 11, 2008 @ 17:36:39

    i’m really desperate to see if the new State Gomen (BA) would re-open all corruption cases done by previous administration .
    We want this to happen !

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  6. Goryleaplewer
    Mar 11, 2008 @ 23:01:42

    Cialis will Make you a Stud – try it and you’ll see. Cialis.

    Bang like a porn star!

    Any thoughts?

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  7. humbleforest
    Mar 12, 2008 @ 00:18:43

    Well said, Dr Hsu, this will be a lesson for all leaders to reflect their arrogant mistakes and egoism, whether they are from the new or old respective ruling leaders.

    The time has come for everyone to awake and understand that there must not be racial
    discrimination, only think of one nationality
    as a Malaysian.
    And humans must have mutual respect and trust
    for each other if they need to promote
    human rights and even further in globalisation,
    otherwise it is like bubbles in the air.

    The ruling party/ parties must not think that
    they are working for their own party/parties
    when they are in power. Actually they are acting on behalf of all people and represent to solve the peoples’ grievances and not
    to threaten them or misuse their power.
    All should work together as Malaysian with a same true heart without a face of disguise.

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  8. trashed
    Mar 12, 2008 @ 04:40:46

    I agree with peteshop that Gerakan should evaluate itself and perhaps even join with the current Opposition as it seems to be closer to its (Gerakan’s) ideals than an ethnic based BN.

    On another note, it would be extremely interesting to see how the once BN leaning civil service will now act. The problem is that they have been so enamoured by BN for so long that I doubt if they know what the word “professionalism” means.

    I hope they take it to mean that it means serve the people eg. files don’t go missing at someone’s behest, officers meet the public at the promised time, headmasters/mistresses do not issue circulars which discriminate races, etc.

    Will the civil service (in the 5 states at least) show improvement ?

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  9. ahpek
    Mar 12, 2008 @ 14:11:43

    Satay man does not have a chance to enjoy his luxury palace built with dirty money!!!too bad…he is a done deal now….

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  10. jeff
    Mar 13, 2008 @ 09:17:50

    The beginning of a new dawn for opposition provide a golden opportunity for further inroad into becoming a national government, perform your duty to check BN corrupt practices n safeguard our constitutional rights in parliament will ensure Malaysians will continue to vote your party into action.

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  11. Arnie
    Feb 17, 2009 @ 07:11:23

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