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.