Barisan, you told me
before and you keep telling me again and again that you are the best
party to rule this country. You have always coaxed the electorate to
give you a two-thirds majority in Parliament. You keep telling us
that you will transform Malaysia into “negara cemerlang”. The
electorate has believed you and trusted you.
You promised …
* to defend the
Federal Constitution but it has proved to be an empty promise. The
Barisan has treated the Constitution as a mere piece of paper to be
trampled upon. Just imagine, in the last fifty years the
Constitution has been amended six hundred times, resulting in the
loss of many precious provisions safeguarding the country’s secular
democratic status, civil rights and liberties, religious freedom,
rule of law, independence of the judiciary etc. You have converted a
secular democracy into an “Islamic” state though the Constitution
does not mention the word “Muslim” even once! You trampled upon
the 20-point Sabah Agreement. Frankly, would Sabah and Sarawak have
joined Malaysia if it was an “Islamic” state?
* to build a
participatory democracy and yet local council elections remain
suspended — the main reason being the fear that non-Malays will
gain control of town and city councils. This in actual fact means
that non-Malays are seen fit to vote in the general elections but not
in local government elections. The lopsided rural/urban weightage in
terms of voter strength ensures your unfair grip on paper. The
Election Commission’s method of delineating constituencies ensures
your political survival. Just ask what happened to the many
Kadazan-majority constituencies in Sabah?
* to wipe out
corruption – but corruption at all levels of the civil service and
government is forever galloping. The ACA, under the control of the
government, is a joke! Just imagine the ACA cleared Muhammad Taib,
the currency smuggler, Judge Eusoff Chin and Zakaria of Klang of any
wrong-doing. And now it is alleged that the ACA indulged in a
serious corrupt practice by buying the silence of a clerk to close a
criminal case because political bigwigs were involved. The
Auditor-General’s Report contains many examples of corrupt
practices like the set of RM40 screwdrivers supplied at RM224!
Negotiated contracts at absurdly inflated prices — to ensure
lucrative kickbacks — have enriched contract-awarding authorities
at all levels of government. In 2007, our Transparency Index (TI)
stood at 44; Corruption Perception Index (CPI) stood at 30. You are
not serious about fighting corruption. You have refused to appoint
an Ombudsman. Why? Neither have you set up a public register for
civil servants and politicians to declare their income and assets.
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* to ensure national
unity but your actions go contrary to what is required to build a
united nation. Islamo-fascism has permeated every level of
government — only one ethnic group and one religion is important.
Every objection, however trivial, by Muslims holds sway. The Kuan
Yim statue in Ayer Itam, Penang, was shortened. The Catholic Church
in Shah Alam, though approved by the Council, was given a stop-work
order. Hindu temples and churches for Orang Asli have been destroyed
on the grounds that they were illegal constructions. (What about
Zakaria’s mansion in Klang?). The Hindu temple in Kg. Rawa,
Penang, was relocated. You talk of respecting the sensitivities of
various ethnic groups. You allow the slaughter of cows in the
compound of Parliament House. You talk of give-and-take but who is
giving and who is taking?
* to be fair to all
ethnic groups in your recruitment policies for the civil service but
Islamo-fascism has ensured mono-ethnic control of the civil service —
education, police, the army, navy and air force, town and city
councils etc. You give the reason that the non-Malays are not
interested to join the civil service, army etc. Letters in the media
of unsuccessful applicants speak otherwise.
for a start, to recruit people based on merit — the mere mention of
this word is bound to drive recruiters into a paroxym of fear and
epilepsy! Constitute interview boards which comprise 50 per cent
non-Malays. If the criteria for selection for the police and armed
forces is rotten, the country is in danger of having low calibre men
with high calibre weapons. A non-Malay applicant for a civil service
job was asked to name the first Agong together with his full awards!
It has not occurred to both the MCA and MIC to set up a database and
encourage every applicant for a government job, scholarships,
promotion posts to punch in so that they will have correct statistics
of applicants, the success rate, the failure rate etc. The MCA and
MIC claim to look after the interests of the community they represent
but their failure is patent to all.
to ensure that our education system is dynamic, liberal and
progressive. The quality of education provided at all levels —
primary, secondary and university is very low. Policies coloured by
Islamo-fascism has ensured literally, total mono-ethnic control of
education. The non-Malays have all been wiped out in important jobs
— no non-Malay directors in the various divisions of the Ministry
of Education, no non-Malay Vice-Chancellors in any of the 23 public
universities, out of 92 deputy Vice-Chancellors only one is a
non-Malay, no non-Malay is a State Director of Education, the same of
District Education Officers. Zaid Ibrahim, UMNO MP for Kota Baru, in
a recent interview said that “education is an absolute disaster”
in Malaysia. He further commented that racism runs deep in our
country and this is clearly the case with the Ministry of Education.
The UN Report on education clearly expresses a serious concern of the
poor quality of education in Malaysia, which is bound to be sidelined
in a highly competitive globalised world. The public universities
keep crowing that they are centres of education excellence and demand
better grants. Keris-kisser Hishamuddin believes that more money
pumped into education at all levels will improve quality. A Malay
academic at the public university where I worked exclaimed in bitter
frustration that one cannot turn donkeys into race horses. The
THES-QS World University Rankings tell the truth: UM stands at 246,
UKM at 309, UPM at 364 and USM at 307.
* to create a safe
environment but the crime rates — murder, rape, kidnap, robbery,
snatch-thefts, burglary etc. — are frighteningly high. The
government statistics are just the tip of the iceberg as people do
not bother to report crimes because of the “tidak apa”and
“macam biasa” attitude of the police. A correspondent to
a local newspaper made an impassioned plea not to deny her a normal
life. Women are frightened to walk on our streets. They dare not
carry handbags or even wear ear-rings, let alone chains and bangles.
The price of food
has risen dramatically and petrol price hikes and increased tolls
have further burdened the people and damaged the quality of life.
* to protect the
environment but the Mentris Besar/Chief Ministers together with their
Excos have destroyed the environment in the name of so-called
progress and development. They in actual fact have severely harmed
our survival. Under the slightest excuse of a threat to national
security, people have been locked up under the ISA. National survival
is more important than national security because if you do not
survive there would be no need for national security. Out of 141
countries surveyed, Malaysia’s position with regard to the
following is thus:
Air quality 79,
water 47, environmental health 40. Overall 54.
* to build a caring
society. Look at the problems experienced by senior citizens with
health problems. They are denied the drugs they need to survive and
the indignity and suffering they go through are pitiable. In
Australia, a senior citizen gets a month’s supply of Zocor at
$A3.70 cents (about RM11). That is a caring society.
* The youth who
commence work are in an unenviable position. A rotten public
transport system and malfunctioning public telephones force them to
buy a car and a handphone. Prices of cars in Malaysia are the second
highest in the world! In addition to this they need a credit card.
Board and lodging costs are high. So they fall into the credit card
trap. Many young people have been declared bankrupt. When will
these people be able to save enough to buy a flat, get married and
start a family? Does anybody care for them?
Dear Barisan, I am
thinking whether any other political party could have done worse.
The people of Malaysia I hope will be thinking too.