Do not punish the people and do not play with fire

Yesterday, New Straits Times carried a piece of news saying that:

 Penang Umno will recommend to the Federal Government to stop all proposed mega projects in the state, include those planned under the Northern Corridor Economic Region (NCER), the second Penang Bridge, the light monorail transit system, the Penang Outer Ring Road, the Penang Sentral and the RapidPenang bus service.

Then last night. I read Malaysiakini ‘s report on the exCM asking the Federal Government top continue the mega projects in Penang. I think at least the exCM was right in this respect. Voters should not be punished for whom they vote. This is their democratic rights and no threat or punishment should be meted out to any regions that voted opposition.

I think some of them inside UMNO has still not got the picture. BN lost because of its arrogance and being out of touch with the people. Now that people has spoken, you cannot go against the wish of the people and punish the people.

Who gives the funds for development ?Basically , it  is the tax collected from the people.

Who are the real boss of the country? It is the people. When the boss has spoken and has chosen whom he wished to serve as head of a government, who is this UMNO chap to demand that the government stop all development funds to the State?

What nonsense is this?

If they do not know what has hit them and find out the causes of whta has hit them, I can predict they are going to lose even bigger the next round.

The people are not like those in the 50s who were very subservient to authority. I have kept saying that the world is now flat and not as hierarchy based as before, and everyone , even a ordinary hawker, knows their right.

I also appeal to Penang UMNO not to play up racial sentiment( see Malaysiakini post). That is a very dangerous game to play, and if it gets out of hand , the whole nation, the whole rakyat, will suffer.


18 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. monsterball
    Mar 15, 2008 @ 14:56:40

    Where is my message gone to??


  2. Dr Hsu
    Mar 15, 2008 @ 15:03:48

    Whch message, monsterball, i did not receive any? for this post. I checked spam messages , oso don’t have.


  3. humbleforest
    Mar 15, 2008 @ 17:51:01

    Throw away all political differences and
    plan for all Malaysian citizens’ welfare and
    better future whether they are being ruled
    by the” Pointer Parties” as being
    called opposition parties or not.

    The leaders of a Government should be more
    understanding and matured. Please do not behave like children.

    The coffers of the treasury of a country belongs
    to the public and the leader is just acting as
    a trustee and not mistakenly for his personal property or one’s party’s property.

    In religious knowledge of understanding one is
    to love, help and care for each other.
    Even other countries who call for emergengy assistance. we are giving them a helping hand. So what about the people of our own Malaysian ?

    Leaders of a country, do not use hatred,
    grudges, pride, jealousy and discrimination
    to overrule your mind.

    Be a more matured adult with justuce
    and moral values.


  4. humbleforest
    Mar 15, 2008 @ 18:01:10

    The test of one’s ” hadhari ” has come. See
    whether one can pass this moral test.

    It is the truer test to see whether humans are
    able to love, care and share for each other.

    Let’s leave it to each individual’s practice.


  5. A true Malaysian
    Mar 15, 2008 @ 19:37:21

    In any game, there will be loser and winner. The same thing applies to a democracy where political parties concerned need to acknowledge defeat gracefully instead of finding excuses for it.

    The losing parties should in fact go back to drawing boards to find out truthfully what were the root causes for their defeats so that they can win voters’ confidence in next GE. Very often, we can see their so-called ‘findings’ that are not ‘truthful’ at all. If that is what they want, then we can predict the outcome of the next GE.

    Since Mr. Lim Guan Eng has pledged that his government will be fair to all races, I hope Penang Umno could give Mr. Lim time to prove himself that he can lift up to his pledge.

    At the meantime, please don’t be emotional.


  6. monsterball
    Mar 15, 2008 @ 21:50:05

    ok Doc. Thanks. I got to get focused and think again.
    Something wrong with my computer?


  7. hellfried
    Mar 15, 2008 @ 22:09:04

    the UMNO goons are very immature and i fret that our federal govt is run by nothing more than small-minded street thugs.


  8. monsterball
    Mar 15, 2008 @ 22:55:35

    Doc…In a nutshell….I was saying UMNO will never change.
    Just look at the events..after 6 days.
    Expert and fast to point out LKS and son’s “faults”…which are twisted..not true.
    UMNO members can take to the streets. No actions. Others do that….they say , is not our Malaysian culture to do that. They should do that at polling stations. We did and gave Pak Lah a strong clear message.
    Much more and more…..clearly showing UMNO need to be what they are today and forever…to protect many going to jail for corruptions.
    It’s the same con job game they will play over and over again..twisting the facts.
    All Malaysians are brave and that will hold them back apply fear factors.
    Soharto chose to step down….saying he does not want to see one Indonesian die for or against him.
    Ironically… Malaysia….Pak Lah to maintain peace…as all things been said about his weaknesses….Pak Lah do love Malaysians….but he love himself and UMNO more.


  9. Jeff Soh
    Mar 15, 2008 @ 23:48:56

    Just a minor point here, Dr Hsu.

    I honestly do not think that the UMNO government was ever out of touch with the people.

    Yes, they were not wary of the power of the internet and modern gadgets such as cell telephones capable of taking pictures almost anywhere and anytime.

    But they knew EXACTLY how the minorities were feeling and their grouses albeit the same old grouses such as their angst against corruption, Malay favouritism etc.

    The real problem was that the ruling elite felt that successive elections had proven that their power over the opposition was unmatched, even entrenched; that their position was ever so strong that they could and would never be toppled. They suffered from hubris; the feeling of invincibility and as you say, arrogance. THEREFORE they could continue with whatever they had been doing to the people.

    In the future, should they continue to adopt that high and mighty approach, the results of this last election would then be their death knell.

    On the other hand, if somehow, by some miracle, their conscience becomes aroused, they will have further opportunities to reign over Malaysia.

    It is really high time for them to contain their greed, tell themselves that what monies they have amassed are enough; and, having been fortunate enough to retain such monies with impunity, they should now impose upon themselves repentance before their Creator and redeem themselves by selflessly doing good for the people.

    I hope they will.

    Jeff Soh


  10. jeff
    Mar 16, 2008 @ 03:44:03

    Doc. every non Umno-putra known that those umno racist gangs will do whatever it takes to hold on to political power even at the expense of destroying Malaysia, trying to reason with these uncivilized putra gangsters are waste of energy n time, hoping to repeat may 13th in Penang by those umno gangs are not a surprise according to my book , just see how polarized Malaysia is molded into by these traitors.


  11. Dr Hsu
    Mar 16, 2008 @ 12:13:55

    Jeff. i agree. May 13 was started by someone with their own agenda. Basically to grab power.

    there will be similar fellows trying similar things, trying to fan the grassroots.

    But I think even UMNO grassroots are more matured now and there are many cool headed senior UMNO politicains around to stop this.

    Zaid Ibrahim has called for the boith sides to cool down and not pit Malay against nOn Malay. I think he is one of the better UMNo politicians but unfortunately, in BN, good people will not be given a chan\ce to move up.

    I keep my fingers crossed that nothing will happen


  12. daffodils
    Mar 16, 2008 @ 14:38:51

    It is the people who have spoken. BN was given a chance to rule Penang for a long time. The people wanted a change. Exactly as Dr Hsu has said. Voters should not be punished for whom they vote. Funds for development is the tax collected from the people.

    Be a gracious and magnanimous loser like Dr Koh. Be a gentleman. Don’t be vindictive. God forbids that. State allocations do not belong to BN. Do not deny what is rightfully the people’s.

    The people know what to do if the present state government do not rule well. They will discard who is not relevant. Do not take the masses for granted. Malaysians had it within their power to decide the future direction of their country


  13. A true Malaysian
    Mar 16, 2008 @ 14:43:21

    I sincerely hope those in UMNO will come back to their senses instead of playing the role of ‘batu api’. I supposed many UMNO leaders are like Zaid Ibrahim who is rational and talk with reasons and facts.

    In short, even if UMNO want to remain as a party who champions and protects the Malays’ rights, let it be, but functioning as a ‘responsible’ or a ‘rational’ orgnanisation. Not someone who is playing a role of ‘batu api’ to others who aspire ‘multi-racial’ harmony.


  14. jeff
    Mar 17, 2008 @ 01:19:47

    Yes Doc. .,fanning racial sentiment among Malay folks especially those from kampong is an old trick used by this racist party during may 13th when opposition won big after election. All those rumors going around saying Chinaman going to control Malaysia and marginalized others Malaysians managed to stir-up “amok” among Malays.The Malay media and Umno thugs hire hands started the first strike in that tragic day with impunity from local police.


  15. steven
    Mar 17, 2008 @ 22:51:55

    In the mind set of Umno-putra racist leaders, Malaysia is belong to Malay only which happen to be the majority race, they will continue to harp on anti non-Malay Malaysian sentiment among Malay to hold on political power, as it is just business as usual for them in the past 50 years, voters decision and right are the least concern in their twisted mind.


  16. jeff
    Mar 23, 2008 @ 04:50:43

    Those umno gangs want to start another may 13th like before, except this time it is in Penang rather than “kampong baru” in Selangor. Hope LGE can realize n recognize umno dirty trick.


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