By K Veeriah
Unless one is a pea-brained numskull, one would not even consider calling for an election during the monsoon season!
Come hell or high water, Umno is pushing the button for the general election, due by September 2023, to be held this year. The party seems oblivious to the expected suffering of the people during the year-end monsoon season, which often results in floods.
In doing so, Umno has shown its true colours: prioritising its political agenda ahead of the wellbeing of the people.
Whether voters have to wade through the flood waters at great peril seems to be of no concern to Umno. The party leaders insist that the general election should be held during the year-end monsoon season.
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That summarises the self-centred attitude of the Umno leadership: secure the seat of government and to hell with the plight of the people.
Try to capture Putrajaya for all we care – but don’t deny voters their constitutional right to cast their votes, which would very likely be impeded if floods swamp large swathes of land.
To Umno, I throw this challenge: stop your wayang kulit (shadow play) and test your popularity at the polls later next year.
The gauntlet has been thrown. Take up the challenge if you have the guts!
K Veeriah is a veteran trade unionist based in Bukit Mertajam, Penang