Perak is now teetering on the brink. With the possible ‘hopping’ of State Assemblymen from one party to another ( one has already done so from UMNO to Pakatan), everything seems to be in total chaos.
This is especially so when one of the assemblymen said to have resigned from his DUN position denied having resigned, claiming that the letter of resignation was a pre-signed one when Pakatan became the government after March 8 election.
So will UMNO entice more of Pakatan assemblymen to cross over or will Pakatan entice more of UMNO’s people to cross over? It is rather comical, but with so much of politicking around, the people would be the one to suffer.
While this sandiwara is being played out, I wish to remind politicians of both sides that they must not forget the simple cardinal rule of democracy: that it is the people who have chosen them, and it is the people that they should go back to if they intend to change side. In other words, anyone who wish to cross over should go back to the people to get a fresh mandate.
By doing so, we can ensure that the people hold the power to decide whether that particular assemblyman should change side or not… It will certainly minimise the chances of a assemblyman being “bought’ , either with materials things or positions.. It will also ensure that anyone wishing to cross over acts genuinely in the interest of the people and not just for self interest.
In the case of Perak, there are calls already in the blogs (my blog mate romerz is one of them) for a fresh election be called. It may not be a bad idea, since a decisive result in favour of either Pr or Bn in a fresh election would cut down on politicking and would enable the people’s representatives to concentrate on their duties instead of trying to entice each other over. there is of course no guarantee that a result similar to March 8 cannot occur, but it is certainly in the principles of democracy to let the people decide again , since the State is now teetering on the brink of instability.