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Friday, September 14, 2007

Malaysian Opposition - Are they able to deliver an alternative government?

We all know that the current BN government is not actually the best form of government to lead Malaysia to a better, just future for all.

A government that is made up of individual politicians whether from the current BN Coalition or the Opposition BA made up of PAS, DAP and the PKR will always be straddled with problematic ministers because it is human nature to forget one's oath of being an upright, honest to goodness public servant once power and its trappings starts to get at the elected or appointed individual.

The BN Coalition of UMNO, MCA, MIC, GERAKAN and other minor political parties have been running the government since this nation came into being.

Through the years, we have seen this country slowly but surely transform itself physically in the form of developments in infrastructure and its consequent modernization of the people's lifestyle especially those living in the cities and suburban areas.

This development will continue to take place if the nation is led by responsible persons in authority and our country has seen that take place especially during the premiership of Tun Dr.Mahathir Mohamad, the 4th Prime Minister after Tunku Abdul Rahman, Tun Abdul Razak and Tun Hussein Onn.

Mahathir's tenure as the PM lasted 22 years and he was able to initiate and bring about Malaysia to be what it is today.

Problems especially the scourge of corruption and abuses of power by elected and appointed officials are the norm in any country but it is something that can be avoided or handled effectively if the offenders are duly taken to task and punished according to the laws of the land.

The whitewashing and acquitting of corrupt ministers and officials has become a trend here in Malaysia and 4 years after the incumbent premier took over control and power from Tun Mahathir, the situation remains the same if not worse!

What I would like to know is whether the nation's Opposition consisting of the 3 political parties of PAS, DAP and PKR are able to give us a better effective alternative government to replace the current BN?

Talk is cheap. Any aspiring politician can say this or that and castigate the current ruling government but the reality is whether the Barisan Alternatif @ BA can deliver what they seem to promise?

What lineup does the BA have for us?

Have they come to an agreement or compromise between them?

Whom do they propose as their choice to be our alternative Prime Minister?

Which party is actually ready to form the next government if let's say the people of Malaysia do decide that they have had enough of the BN?

I have yet to hear of PAS and DAP be able to sit together and come to terms between them especially about the issue of PAS wanting to turn Malaysia into a truly Islamic State or nation by upholding and implementing the true Laws of Almighty Allah @ the Islamic Syaria to be the Supreme Constitution of Malaysia and the matter of the DAP wanting to turn this nation into a Malaysia for Malaysians where the current system of giving preferential treatment to the Malays as Bumiputra's will be removed and all Malaysians supposedly will be treated the same?

That's the same hype that we hear take place down south in Singapore but the reality is that the Singapore Malays have been sidelined by the PAP Government since day one when Lee Kuan Yew became the Prime Minister of that island republic.

The DAP is our version of the Singapore PAP. As we all know the DAP is made up of mostly the Chinese ethnicity.

For all the melodrama and theatrics that politicians will put up, reality will come home to roost in form of preferential treatment to cronies and nepotism which we see take place in almost every political party.

This is prevalent in the DAP but the situation is not there in PAS. The situation in PKR is that we have Anwar Ibrahim, the deposed former Deputy Prime Minister during Tun Mahathir's tenure as Premier declaring himself to be the 'de facto' leader of PKR which is being led by his wife, Wan Azizah.

Things aren't exactly hunky dory in PKR with the recent defections of several prominent leaders from the party which was set up mainly to fight for the release of Anwar from imprisonment and after his release during Abdullah Badawi's premiership after taking over from Mahathir.

So to me, I doubt whether the so called alternative coalition of the 3 Opposition parties have for us an alternative lineup of their proposed government to replace and remove the BN from power come the next General Elections?

Has PAS and DAP made peace between them yet?

From what I know, both parties have yet to come to a compromise or agreement about the subject of making Malaysia an Islamic State and the DAP has been consistent in opposing such a move from day one!

So, where does that leave us ?

Looks like we are stuck with the current BN?

Anyone care to update me as to whether the BA are ready to rumble against the BN?