It is their own choice!

Lately,  many changes in policies seem to indicate that the government is responding to the wishes and aspirations of the people.

For the Chinese community, one problem that has been bugging them for years seems to have been solved. Students in the 60-odd Chinese independent schools  can now enter the main stream universities and  teachers’ training colleges, thus indirectly giving the UEC, or United Examination Certificate– an exam conducted by Dong Jiao Zong (DJZ)– an unofficial recognition. The various NGOs of the community, especially DJZ, has been fighting for this ever since the Merdeka Universiy proposal was shot down by the authority more than few decades ago.

The Bible issue, which has long been bugging the christian community since the 80s, has seen the government backtracking  from one position to another, in an apparent effort to please the Christians , especially those in Sarawak and Sabah, the fixed deposit states.

These are just 2 examples of how ‘responsive’ the power-that-be has become.

This would not be possible before 2008.

What makes this possible is not that the power-that-be has suddenly become enlightened. It is more due to the 2 party-system that is shaping up, even though it is not a perfect 2 party system yet.

When the power-that-be realises that there is a real chance of losing his power, he will descend from his ivory tower and begins to listen to the people and even reverses some of the policies in an attempt  to ‘buy’ the heart of the people

It is not that they have become saints overnight. Politicians are very practical people. If they are given too much power, they will act like the feudal lords. If they are in the brink of losing that power, they will do anything to please those who voted them in.

With this in mind, the coming Sarawak election will be another test-water. Will the people be clever enough to choose a 2 party system, or will they continue to choose a system whereby almost absolute power is given to the “chief”?

Do they want to be their own ‘ boss’ whereby their wishes will be listened to? or do they want to be ‘lord-ed’ over ?

It is up to the people of Sarawak to choose.


11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Msian
    Apr 04, 2011 @ 17:02:46

    Dr Hsu, Really? Then what about the nuclear plant being built in Kuantan? Were the voices of the people listened to?


  2. wisely
    Apr 04, 2011 @ 19:34:45


    I agree with u its the pressure put upon BN that they back up in these 2 policies. I also agree with u that 2 party system is the best political system in the world today. But like u say before this can be form we already see a third force being form which u too support, i believe. PCM, KITA and SNAP may take away some votes from PR. Its not easy…Not many Malay believe in DSAI today and some are sceptical about PAS motive in collabrative with DAP and so are many chinese with PAS islamic state. Yes, its far from perfect. To me, it is better PR come to term among themselves with their real agenda, settle all their differences first and then they can really become a credible alternate choice to BN. To me there are too many uncertainty in PR and a risk to vote them in.


  3. jimmy
    Apr 04, 2011 @ 19:54:19

    PR is not perfect but it is much better choice than the corrupted BN/UMNO. Ask yourself does the current PR government in Penang and Selangor performed much better than being ruled by BN/UMNO in last 50 over years?


  4. CYC
    Apr 05, 2011 @ 09:17:51

    Wise man,

    Is it risk free to vote BN ? If there isn’t any disagreement among BN component parties, then all other communal based component parties other than UMNO should hang themselves for supporting a racist and corrupted govt.

    PCM, Kita and SNAP would not become a credible 3rd force here in view of our culture and political norm. Period.

    A wise man in Malaysia means a man who knows who to support just to safeguard its comfortable life, hence don’t rock the boat and vote somebody who may break your rice bowl. Does that describe your stand?


  5. Phua Kai Lit
    Apr 05, 2011 @ 09:59:57

    Well said, Dr Hsu.

    And as we can see from the North African and Middle Eastern countries

    “When ordinary people wake up, elites begin to tremble in their boots”
    Cornel West


  6. Dr Hsu
    Apr 05, 2011 @ 11:15:06

    every minister is provided with a driver and a police officer as an ADC.. The officer may or may not be SB. But there will be special officer reporting to them about the situation.

    These reports were not entirely reliable. Take an example. In 2008, the feedback from these sources indicated that Gerakan could lose many seats but Bn should be able to hang on to the power of Penang State.. My own view at that time and my feedback based on talking to my patients, friends, hawkers in the streets and classmates in Penang indicated otherwise.. that Gerakan would lose all 3 seats in Wilayah and Penang State Government..My suggestion to them, since 2006, was to put the party out of BN and fought the war as in 1969.

    Unfortunately, no one in the leadership chose to believe me,, and I was labelled as a pessimist.. Had Dr LKY listened to me then, he would probably put his son in Johore safe seat instead of contesting against Tian Chua.

    This time, in fact, the feedback from these officers indicates that BN would still win Sarawak, but will probably lose in most of the urban and suburban seats. This round I would agree with their assessment.. Opposition is unlikely to win the state, but they should aim to get more than one third of the seats, so that what I have written above can be realised in the state.

    The fact that there would be 3 cornered fights will make sure of BN still staying in power ( many of the parties are in fact trojan horses, a kind of offshoring aimed at splitting the discontent votes), but it is up to the people to choose whether they want to give almost absolute power to the government or they would want a government that would listen to them, as argued in the post above.

    So our wise man should have no fear of his party losing the power to govern in Sarawak. One outcome will be: if Bn loses one third of seats, the “white hair” would have to go, in order for them to prepare for the BIG ONE (GE). If BN wins more than one third, White Hair would probably use this as a bargaining chip to stay on another term..


  7. klm
    Apr 05, 2011 @ 13:38:12

    Dr. Hsu. It is a bit early to say it. Just look at the bible story. I dont think it is going through. This situation is still confusing. You have a minster without power making some statements and you have the minister with power saying it is not done deal yet.

    I am not convinced.


  8. Jong
    Apr 06, 2011 @ 07:26:12

    The najis sex-video seems to have successfully managed to distract the people from Al-Kitab issue, no?
    Notice the expose and timing of viewing to ‘invited guests’ was scheduled just weeks away from the Sarawak State Election – that’s how dirty, fearful and desperate they are of Anwar and Pakatan Rakyat!

    And despite public outrage, our mata-mata Polis di-Raja has done nothing and still dragging the feet, waiting for further instructions from upstairs?

    People, concentrate on more important issues facing country and rakyat and stay focused on our march to PutraJaya!

    Down with BN, 54 years is too long, ENOUGH!


  9. monsterball
    Apr 08, 2011 @ 09:35:25

    Nice to read good news for Malaysians…..but I think this is purely for Sarawak State Election.
    If you read the papers..more good news daily.
    First Sarawakian women appointed to head an important Govt post.
    RM1000000 given to each Chinese school in Sibu….and more to come.
    170 Dinner tables ..biggest in Sibu with all sorts of prizes and stage shows…FOC.
    Who foot all these bills?


  10. monsterball
    Apr 08, 2011 @ 09:37:55

    All I know….DAP rockets and hornbills are firing and biting at will at Sarawak State Election…to wake voters up for a Sarawak Miracle…reminding all..about the Sibu Miracle.


  11. monsterball
    Apr 08, 2011 @ 17:49:02

    I have never heard DAP dare to declare will win all seats contested in the past State Elections.
    In this one….DAP said they will win all 15 seats contested.
    And Tiab Mahmud is applying age hold tak boleh pakai logics…saying PERKATAN talk alot…and cannot deliver and candidates are greenhorns…not qualified.
    Taib said he will make Sarawak the richest State in Malaysia.
    Got fired back right and proper…having governed for more than 30 years….is the poorest governed by so all all qualified people.
    You will find BN talks will be fishing votes from brainwashed zoombies created by them.
    DAP Sibu Miracle have woke up many sleepy heads…to see the real truths.
    Sarawak Miracle is realistic.
    White Hair Bomoh power gone.
    He should have resigned like Mahathir…but he said..he has not found a worthy successor.
    What he is really saying is….he needs to win the 13th GE and hope Najib win governing Malaysia again….so that he can retire in peace without being investigated for corruptions.
    Right now MACC dare not even touch him..shows he clear wayang kulit MACC is performing.
    Thousands of hornbills with rockets are ready to fire at will on all thieves and robbers…to free Sarawkians.
    It is like “AVATAR” movie..where the so call mighty bullies lost to simple folks with the help of God.
    God does not take sides in politics…but God do listen to the sufferings and prayers of the poor and weak made to be so by robbers and thieves.
    Lets see. Movie it is…but the message is Universal truth.


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