Today is one month after the GE. I have not been writing much, not because there is nothing to write but rather, it is because there are too many thing happening and too many things to write. Some times, when there are too many things to write, you simply do not know where to start first.
After losing the popular votes, we would think that the government would at least change to try to win back some votes. Alas, nothing much has changed.
Firstly, people are still dying in lock-ups. One of them, Dhamendran, has died under suspicious circumstances. Another died in Tampin lockup recently.
There is now renewed call for instituting IPCMC which was recommended many years ago by a royal commission. Instead, an Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission was set up, and you know what, it was given an annual budget of 7 millions, to monitor 19 enforcement agencies, according to a report in malaysianinsider.
This works out to be less than Rm400,000 per agency ( less than the amount spent on wedding/dinners given by some big shots) , and that really shows how ‘serious ‘ the government is trying to reform these agencies. It is like throwing some leftovers to the dogs when the dogs bark incessantly.
Another predictable happening is politicians are being arrested and hauled up to courts for sedition and organising illegal gatherings.
I would normally applaud these , since laws must be obeyed if we want our country to be a real democratic and law-abiding ones, but then I realise that these prosecutions, like before, is selective, and thus more like that of political persecution. Others with connections, such as a Malay Newspapers and members of Perkasa, are not charged, giving a perception that there are 2 sets of standards in the country. Again just like before– nothing changes.
Another thing that has not changed is that government ministers from UMNo are still talking arrogantly. One has asked people to emigrate if they don’t like the system here. They would do better to be more humble and look within to see why they lost the popular votes, instead of uttering things arrogantly.
I think PM must really show some leadership to change after getting this mandate, albeit without winning the popular votes; and address the causes of why BN lost the popular votes, which I have dealt with after 505 in a long article posted in MalaysianInsider, “Why BN lost the urban votes”..
If he tries to appease the right wingers in his party, particular the Old Man, then he will lose more and more votes as the country gets more urbanised, people get more educated and more and more young voters come of age to vote.
So the saying that ” Change or be changed ‘ is still as valid as before ; even this maxim has not changed even when the whole country has gone through another GE..
Thaat is the sad part of the whole thing!
Latest news has it that the AG is saying that the constables invovled in Dharmendran’s death will be charged with murder.
This comes 13 days after the death and more than 10 days after the post mortem.
If this course of action is taken within the few days when the detainee died, it would have caused the government much less criticism and embarrassment. Now, it gives an impression that the action is taken only because of the uproar and the pressure on the government.
That is always the folly of the policy makers. When an action is necessary, no time should be wasted to take that action; failure or delay in taking that particular action will make the people lose confidence— not that there is much confidence left now!!!