October 19, 2012
Pakatan Rakyat Leaders are quarreling on Issues
FMT LETTER: From Victor Lim, via e-mail
An old friend whom I regard as my sifu or mentor or guru in journalism when I was still a reporter with the print media called me out for lunch today.
He expressed concern that Pakatan Rakyat (PR) leaders are falling into Barisan Nasional (BN)’s trap by quarrellng in public, making contradicting and differing views on various issues.He says these are fodder for the BN-controlled print and electronic media, cyber troopers and bloggers to spin stories to create a rift among PR leaders and also to shake the confidence of Opposition voters in PR.
With elections about eight months away, it is too close for comfort for PR to start bungling up for the benefit of BN. They must get their act together fast or forget about Putrajaya, the federal government administrative centre.
He also said it is not that PR is better than BN. BN has ruled for 55 years and has become too arrogant and corrupt. We need to establish a two-party system in Malaysia so that the rakyat (people) can keep a check on governance and government.
PR must be elected and given a chance to rule in the 13th general election to teach the super corrupt UMNO-BN a lesson. This will ensure that a two-party system is enshrined as part of Malaysia’s democracy and history.
If the PR government fails to perform up to our minimal and reasonable expectations, then we can vote them out in the 14th general election. By then, if BN is the only alternative, the BN as an Opposition would, hopefully be a reformed and changed coalition.
For the sake of Malaysia, he told me that I should be wary of falling into the BN trap when criticising PR. I believe Malaysians are now politically more matured and more informed by the Information Communications Technology to form their own judgment on public issues.
His double speak is just too blatant and therefore he is an unreliable politician. He now supports Rapid but hear what he said at the September 30, 2012, Himpunan Hijau (Green Rally).
I believe Malaysians are generally aware that politicians from both sides of the political divide are just conniving. It is only a question of which is the bigger evil and which evil is more reliable.
For now, the corrupt UMNO-BN’s plundering of the national coffer, saddling Malaysia with a federal debt of RM800 billion, as revealed by Deputy International Trade and Industry Minister Muhkriz Mahathir, is clearly the bigger beast.
The hundreds of financial fiascos since the RM2.5 billion Bank Bumiputra Finance (BMF) scandal about 30 years ago are bleeding Malaysia’s economy.
The BMF scandal also claimed the life of Jalil Ibrahim who was murdered in Hong Kong while investigating the case. His children are now in their late 20s and 30s but the people directly and indirectly responsible for the murder are still at large.
Neither has anyone been punished for the unaccounted RM2.5 billion. Do you wonder why Malaysians are calling for justice, and free and fair elections?