remember who put you where you are today. Remember who gave
you your job. The rakyat (citizens) can hire and the rakyat
can fire. We, the rakyat, made you and we, the rakyat, can
break you. Just remember that and with God as our witness
we shall not fail to do that if you fail to do what you promised
Sunday (March 9), I have been receiving a lot of phone calls
from people who keep asking me what position I am going to
hold in the government. I also have tons of e-mails in my
in-box which I have either not read yet or have not replied
to thus far. Firstly, can you please stop phoning so that
I can get down to writing my article (anyway, I have switched
off my phone so that I can complete this article). We can
'chat' about what the opposition needs to do later plus I
will reply to all your e-mails once the dust settles.
with regard to my 'position' in the government. No, no and
no! I do not wish to hold any position in the government.
I know some of you have threatened to 'protest' in front of
the party headquarters if I am not offered at least a Senator's
post. Hey, I do not want to be a Senator or Wakil Rakyat or
anything at all for that matter. I just want to continue being
plain Raja Petra Kamarudin, Editor and Webmaster of Malaysia
Today - so please drop all this talk of me 'holding a position
in the government'.
Malaysia Today is going to continue playing the role of watchdog
and the conscience of the nation. We must continue to be the
eyes, ears and voice of the rakyat and this must be done with
me outside the government. Malaysia Today, which is already
a nightmare for the ruling party, is going to now also be
the nightmare of the five opposition-led state governments.
And we are going to monitor these five states even closer
than we watch the federal government.
first task at hand is to set up an Ombudsman committee
that will monitor all the five state governments of
Kelantan, Kedah, Penang, Perak and Selangor... (made
up of) men and women of standing and with squeaky-clean
with regard to the talk floating around that Tok Guru Haji
Abdul Hadi Awang has announced that Kedah is going to introduce
Hudud laws; this is not true. Tok Guru confirmed he never
made such an announcement. The trouble is, many of you wear
these 'boycott the mainstream media' T-shirts yet you still
read and believe what the mainstream media spins. Would you
become terrible offended if I shout 'Bodoh punya orang!'?
I really don't know what else to shout under these circumstances.
me repeat what I have said many, many times in the past. PAS
does not have 150 seats in Parliament. In fact, PAS, DAP and
PKR combined do not have 150 seats in Parliament. Read my
lips. "PAS NEEDS 150 SEATS IN PARLIAMENT TO CHANGE THE LAWS
OF THIS COUNTRY OR OF THE STATES!"
150 seats or no 150 seats, PAS does not intend to introduce
Islamic laws, PERIOD.
can we now get down to some serious work? Our first task in
hand is to set up an Ombudsman committee that will monitor
all the five state governments of Kelantan, Kedah, Penang,
Perak and Selangor. A man such as Tun Salleh Abas or anyone
of his calibre must head the Ombudsman committee which will
comprise of men and women of standing and with squeaky-clean
reputations. They must be people like Gandhi and Mother Theresa
both rolled into one. Yes, Malaysia does have plenty of such
Ombudsman must be above the Chief Minister and Menteri Besar.
It must have the power and authority to summon even the highest
man in the state to come before the committee for questioning
on anything at all that may be perceived as wrongdoing, transgressions,
deviations, etc. And the Ombudsman must have the power and
authority to recommend the removal of any public servant or
politician who may have committed a breach of discipline,
even if he is the Chief Minister/Menteri Besar.
(state) government must not be race-based, and certainly
not religion-based. People chosen to head the agencies
in any of the five states must be based on capabilities
and not because that person is Malay, Chinese or Indian.
Ombudsman shall be responsible to the rakyat. The meetings
and official inquiries it conducts must not be behind closed
doors but shall be open inquiries where members of the public
who may be interested in the goings-on can attend and witness
the proceedings. Everything must be transparent and open to
public scrutiny. There shall be no secrets. Public servants
and elected officials work for the rakyat. The rakyat are
the boss. So the 'boss' must be allowed to witness any public
inquiry and proceedings convened to look into the conduct
of their 'employees'. There must be no compromise on this
government must not be race-based, and certainly not religion-based.
People chosen to head the agencies in any of the five states
must be based on capabilities and not because that person
is Malay, Chinese or Indian. Granted, the Federal Constitution
of Malaysia may state who can be Menteri Besar while the election
promise was, if the opposition wins Penang, then a Chinese
shall be the Chief Minister. But that must be as far as race
considerations prevail. For thereon no positions should be
filled because we want more Malays or more Chinese or more
Indians in the government.
qualifications and capabilities become the criteria, then
Malays, Chinese and Indians would automatically be represented
at all levels of government. Just give him or her the job
because he or her is the best person for the job and the racial
balance would automatically happen. You do not even need to
try too hard.
ongoing projects must be reviewed. Those that have not taken
off yet and which are clearly white elephants, projek mewah,
above the recommended cost, etc., should be aborted. Of course,
those that have contractual obligations will have to go on
lest the state becomes embroiled in legal tangles. But they
must be aborted not for the sake of aborting them or because
they have been awarded to cronies of 'the other side'. This
would smack of political persecution and witch-hunting, something
the opposition has accused the government of perpetuating
and something we should not do as well.
elephant projects) must be aborted not for the sake
of aborting them or because they have been awarded to
cronies of 'the other side'. This would smack of political
persecution and witch-hunting, something the opposition
has accused the government of perpetuating and something
we should not do as well.
note that the federal government will certainly squeeze the
states of funds so money will be very tight. The states will
have to engage a high-powered team of financial consultants
to advice them on how to run a state government and still
develop the state with no money. Kelantan has done it for
18 years. They inherited a colossal amount of debt when they
took over Kelantan in 1990 and yet still managed to pay off
all the debts plus carry the cost of running the state in
spite of no money.
councils are more corrupted than the infamous Royal Malaysian
Police. This needs to be immediately addressed and many heads
should be on the chopping block. The state governments must
be ruthless with no quarters asked nor any given. Let there
be a 'bloodbath' if necessary. And send the files of all these
crooks to the Anti-Corruption Agency and demand that they
be hung from the highest tree. The rakyat will gladly pay
for the cost of the tree.
should stop talking about 'percentage of Malay representation',
as should the Chinese and Indians as well. We certainly want
a meritocracy rather than a race-quota-based system. Nevertheless,
no race or community must be left out of the government. So
a delicate balancing act between meritocracy, yet taking into
consideration racial representation, has to be the game plan
the opposition won these five states plus denied Barisan Nasional
its two-thirds majority in Parliament through promises and
rhetoric. The consideration of the voters the next election
will no longer be based on promises and rhetoric but on performance
and delivery. Many promises were made this election. Now is
the time to deliver them. Then, come the next election, the
voters will either continue electing this same government
into office or opt to change back to Barisan Nasional depending
on how well or how bad the five state governments have performed.
Ahmad Badawi won 92 per cent of the seats in 2004 based
on promises and four years later got massacred when
he did not deliver. The same thing can and will happen
to the opposition as well come the 13th General Election
if it does not perform and/or deliver its election promise.
you think that winning these five states and denying Barisan
Nasional its two-thirds majority in Parliament was difficult,
then you do not know what difficult is. Winning five states
and denying Barisan Nasional its two-thirds majority in Parliament
was the easy part. The difficult part is going to be in maintaining
the confidence and support of the voters. Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
won 92 per cent of the seats in 2004 based on promises and
four years later got massacred when he did not deliver. The
same thing can and will happen to the opposition as well come
the 13th General Election if it does not perform and/or deliver
its election promise.
Today is watching. And we shall whack the daylights out of
anyone and everyone who misbehaves or forgets his or her promise.
The opposition won the five states and 82 seats in Parliament
with the support of Malays, Chinese and Indians. It needed
all the races to cross the finishing line. Just two races
would not have achieved that. One race would have been impossible.
remember who put you where you are today. Remember who gave
you your job. The rakyat can hire and the rakyat can fire.
We, the rakyat, made you and we, the rakyat, can break you.
Just remember that and with God as our witness we shall not
fail to do that if you fail to do what you promised to do.
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Sorry that since 11 pm Saturday night Malaysia Today has been
very sluggish. Even I can't get in to update the site. Our
traffic is three times the normal traffic and we have added
extra servers, doubled the bandwidth, and even shut off the
comments section to reduce the load on the servers. Yet, the
site is still sluggish. It would help if you log off after
reading the news and log back on later when you want to read
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bear with us.
The above article was posted on www.malaysia-today.net (Your
source of independent news). Raja Petra Kamarudin started
the Malaysia Today website and his blog to facilitate open
discussion on Malaysia's political and social scenes. A relative
of a former Malaysian King from Selangor and known for his
hard-hitting commentaries, which are often infused with humour,
Raja Petra is also the author of When
Time Stood Still and From
Prince To Prisoner.
Other articles by Raja Petra:
Why We Are Voting Tomorrow
Guarding An Empty Field