The Report card (after 3 months)

Yesterday was exactly 3 months after the General Election.

Being a Sunday, I went to my favourite coffee shop in Paramount Garden, a shop by the name of Sky and Ocean,( a very popular coffee shop). As usual, being a Sunday, the shop was so packed that my wife and I shared tables with another couple about our  age. I chatted with the gentleman who was with his wife and daughter. The couple was from Penang and was visiting their daughter working and staying in PJ.

I asked the gentleman  how he felt about the performance of the Pakatan Governments. He mentioned that he voted for Pakatan and he never regretted it. He said that 2 things made him proud of his voting for the opposition, the first being that the Perak government has given freehold titles to all the new villages, and secondly the Selangor government has announced that all restrictions on buildings of religious premises be removed.

The first move has helped thousands of families, and at last they can claim the places they now reside as their real homes.

The 2nd move  is equally significant. By allowing followers of different faith to build without restriction places of worship, the government is tacitly acknowledging  Article 11 of our Federal Constitution in which was stated :

Article 11

  1. Every person has the right to profess and practice his religion and, subject to Clause (4), to propagate it.
  2. No person shall be compelled to pay any tax the proceeds of which are specially allocated in whole or in part for the purposes of a religion other than his own.
  3. Every religious group has the right –
    • (a) to manage its own religious affairs;
    • (b) to establish and maintain institutions for religious or charitable purposes; and
    • (c) to acquire and own property and hold and administer it in accordance with law.
  4. State law and in respect of the Federal Territories of Kuala Lumpur and Labuan, federal law may control or restrict the propagation of any religious doctrine or belief among persons professing the religion of Islam.
  5. This Article does not authorize any act contrary to any general law relating to public order, public health or morality.

The gentleman which I shared my breakfast table with further mentioned that he hoped that by doing so, it would show to the people of Malaysia that it is possible to have mutual respect among religious followers of different faiths, and for once people of different faiths will feel that they are being treated equally and with respect. BY extension,  people will feel that at last, that it may be possible one day that a fair and equal society emerges in Malaysia.

I have blogged before that I hope the Pakatan governments in the 5 states can succeed in carrying out the promises under their manifesto, to treat all races equally and to do away with the NEP. If they can succeed , it would then generate tremendous pressure on BN parties to do away with race politics and race economics, and these BN parties will have no choice but to adopt similar approaches of non racial policies in order to stay in power. A 2 party system, with both sides adopting nonracial approach, may then be possible , and a true Malaysian unity and a Bangsa Malaysia may finally come about. 

Therefore, Malaysians, no matter what your political affiliation is, if you sincerely believe in a fair and equal society emerging in Malaysia one day, you must hope that the Pakatan state governments do well.  Only then, BN will become truly non racial and the racist policies of opportunitsic politicians  can be done away.

Thus, the hope of many Malaysians of living in a fair and equal society  may hinge on how the 5 Pakatan governments perform, and so far, I would say, they have done fairly well in the first 90 days of government .


12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. yh
    Jun 09, 2008 @ 16:54:00

    what about your party, Gerakan?
    they are moe focus in ensuring that individuals such as Tan and Lee from contributing to society.
    your position is very different from that of the party.
    why dont you just carry a different party card rather than remain in Gerakan? Do you still think you can contribute changes from within?


  2. monsterball
    Jun 09, 2008 @ 16:56:27

    Doc! …why is eating shop so famous?
    What special items.. do you recommend.
    Looks like….everyone is happy with the change..and come September….Anwar will make his move.
    When I see it come to reality..that is a change of government…and oil price reduced..I can die anytime….a happy man.
    Meanwhile….going to pamper myself…with another 10 days holiday… blogging…..starting tomorrow.


  3. hongseng
    Jun 09, 2008 @ 17:22:22

    Gerakan has to change and accept the outcome of 308. our “OLD GLOLY” is over…if we are not going to change ourself (& UMNO), we hv to forget and forgo our future.

    we can’t expect to re-gain our position by hoping Pakatan Rakyat not doing well….as i always said they wouldnt be worsen than us, even not better…
    that’s the problem Gerakan has to overcome….


  4. Dr Hsu
    Jun 09, 2008 @ 21:01:13

    monsterball, the coffee shop that I mentioned has good stalls selling good Penang Hokkien mee, good curry laksa, good Ipoh HoFun, and fairly good Fried Kway Teow.

    Try it some day if you pass by PJ.

    yh, I suspect many people want me to quit the party, but why should I? The ideology is not wrong.. I believe that the party can go back to the ideology; many of the grassroots are very good people who want to see a fiar and equal society. I hope that by voicing out, we can influence some leaders to change one day…


  5. pohwatchdog
    Jun 09, 2008 @ 21:09:27

    What have Pakatan Rakyat government done in Perak? Have they issue free hold title to new village home? It is just a public relation for those who is got the news through the mass media. Are we still rational to accept everythings in good faith without checking the facts?

    Gerakan need a lot of convincing, hard work and perspiration to convince back the people trust and confidence. It is not the leaders that matter but the confidence of the people that matter. Any regret for those support Pakatan Rakyat? Yes for some fence sitter… What changes really Pakatan Rakyat EXCO in Perak doing? Any alternative for petrol hike for those living in Perak. Perakian should have the courage to voice up their aspiration. Why not go to for Pakatan Rakyat mislead state information?


  6. steven
    Jun 09, 2008 @ 23:40:16

    Sound like a lone ranger is blaming PR for all the lousy policy in the 5 states of 30 years PR governance, get a life…it ‘s only 90 days, oppp..may be is a sell-out in Malaysia.


  7. Y C Chai
    Jun 10, 2008 @ 11:16:32

    Dear pohwatchdog

    PR government may yet to achieve anything substantial till now. But, at least it has a vision and desire to change for betterment of the rakyat. Furthermore, i think it is unfair to judge political party’s administrative achievement base on 3 months period.

    BN has rule for 50 years since merdeka, look at the rampant corruption, mismanagement and a series of rotten policies already justified their failure. Yet the biggest failure is they had cultivated a mindset that similar to feudalism and thou shall not question attitude.

    Perak’s enonomy has stagnant ever since tin industry collapsed. What has BN done for the past decade to improve their economic welll being? Worst still, Gerakan & MCA were absolutely redundant and failed to do anything meaningful despite holding 3 state exco seats. Now when PR try to offer freehold land title to villages, they are quite question the practicality from the legal administrative aspect. They are simply a bunch of idiots who are more concern to gain political mileage than placing the rakyat’s welfare as their motto to serve.

    Greed and hatred are 2 evils than must be eliminated from our mind if we indeed want to serve others.


  8. yh
    Jun 10, 2008 @ 11:41:00

    dr hsu

    i respect your wishes and from the bottom of my hearts, i hope you can sway the leaders to change for the betterment of this country. but i have my doubts. look, even dr toh, whom I know and respect, has lamented the futility in trying to change BN from within.
    again, I respect your wishes.


  9. nick
    Jun 10, 2008 @ 16:32:31

    In your posting on May 28th, you carried AAB’s advice to the Rakyat to change their lifestyle to cope with inflation. I see it clearly now. According to LKS blog, PM draws a monthly entertainment allowance of 18,865, Najib 15,015, Ministers 12,320 and Deputies 6,000. If I am not mistaken, PM and DPM lives in Government provided mansions and everything is provided free. Why do you need this type of allowance on top of their basic salaries and other perks. I don’t see any sacrifice coming from them and he expects everyone else to change their lifestyles. I think he should forego all at least 50% allowances at this difficult time. Coming back to your article, PR will do well in the eyes of the public for the very simple reason that you can’t sink as low as these bunch of incompetents. BN is doomed. As for Gerakan, I think the party is even worst now than before the elections. Issuing show-cause letters for what? They should applaud leaders who can contribute their services to the running of the States. The election is over and they should take a leaf out from Obama who may go non-partisan in appointing talented and gifted people to run the apparatus.


  10. Dr Hsu
    Jun 10, 2008 @ 16:40:14

    nick, that was what i have been saying.

    As for change of lifestyle, pls refer to the latest post today.

    They should cut some more expenses and go fro an austerity drive.


  11. steven
    Jun 10, 2008 @ 23:55:57

    Expecting those “songkok men” imitate Obama, just dream on! How anybody can expect these hooligans n uncivilized men to be reasonable and intelligent enough to accept differing views.


  12. VJ
    Jun 12, 2008 @ 15:10:02

    it’s a joke ppl expecting wondar for PR States in just 90days . How to compare 50yr and 90days ?
    What important is that the master plan . I believe PR is on track .
    Dear BN watchdogs …… were you guys merely ‘watchcats’ during the 50yr of umno’s corrupt rule ??


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