What is democracy? Some say it is a government by the people especially rule of the majority. It is further said that democracy is a government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly or indirectly through a system of representation usually involving periodically held free elections. Well, that's fine with me except I would not use the word supreme as per say.
I would also like to add that democracy is a system where the common people constitute the source of political authority and at the same time the absence of hereditary or arbitary class distinctions or priviledges. That's is roughly what is written in Webster - Merriam online dictionary.
Now on to the day's posting. Yesterday, it riles me up to see the numbers of PKR-elected representatives leaving the party as if there is a well-co-ordinated plans to pull the plug off the party and let it sink. What I did not put in is the concern that BN will be getting their 2/3 majority back with the help of BN-friendly MPs'. This is the issue that needs to be urgently addressed by PR component members especially when the 2nd reading of GST bill and anti-laundering act will be tabled in this coming March parliament session.
Enough of that. Let the full-time politicians put on their thinking cap. But these past few days show the mark difference between BN (read : UMNO) and PKR's style. Consider these :-
- Abu Zahrain, TB Tan left PKR because they claimed that they are against LIM GE's style of managing Penang;
- Badrul Hisham left PKR because of claims that certain quarters wanted him to quit his seat (because he is not attending to his constituents welfare);
- Sallehudin Hashim quit PKR because he felt that he is the heart and soul of the party (when he was the secretary general) and denied the revealation that he quit the party because his request to head Selangor's Perangsang with RM 50K monthly allowance was not entertained;
- Fairus left PKR Penang reasoning that PKR is not defending Islam, race and rakyat;
- UMNO issue a gag order to all its member to stop discussing and issuing statements regarding Kelantan oil royalty issue after 3 of its Kelantan state assemblymen agree to take the oil royalty issue to court;
- The UMNO gag order was issued when Tg Razaleigh, an UMNO veteran, claimed that Kelantan deserved the oil royalty payment from Petronas and again openly dare UMNO to enforce the gag order;
- Remember the Terengganu case when 23 UMNO state assmblymen refuse to accept at first that Ahmad Said is the Terengganu MB? Their threat to resign came to naught all because UMNO did not strip Ahmad Said of his membership and all because Abdullah Badawi feels that an UMNO-led Terengganu is much better tha a PR-led Terengganu;
UMNO also shows you that they are willing to forego their principles as long as they get their objective ie to govern the state and control the federal government. Terengganu is an example. UMNO is willing to "sacrifice" Idris Jusoh, not only to appease the Sultan but at the same time create further animosity between the division leadership in the state. Hishamuddin Hussein was confident that UMNO can resolve their internal problems back in September 2009. Now, six months later, UMNO is still without solution to Terengganu crisis. All because UMNO's interest supercede the rakyat.
Back to the gag order. Why is Khairy now entering the fray supporting the Kelantan's government's proposal to resolve the oil royalty issue through arbitration? Is it because he has nothing to lose? Is it because he is not a member of the cabinet? Is it because he knows he needs to be more vocal to be noticed by 1MPM6?
BN may claim that their method of resolving issues through close door negotiation is best for Malaysia. Personally, I did not think so. There are too many skeletons in BN's closet and there are too many files detailing the "negative points" of BN division leaders (as well as selected members). These files will "surface" when the person has outlived his usefulness. That is the BN way. That is also the reason why there is much less BN members quitting BN.
Looking at it, I will say that BN has a 1-way ticket and that ticket is stamped "follow the leader" whilst PKR is more relax with their 2 way street system. You like, you stay, if you feel that the place is too hot, you are free to go...
Given that option, who would you like to lead you? A person who is forever a certified "pak turut" and held ransom by his "misdeed" file or a person who is free to go if it is too hot for him to stay (the heat may come from external parties)? You don't have to answer now. Translate your answer into votes that count, come GE 13...I rest my case, for now.
Till then...G'nite M'sia...wherever u are...