The most watched news in Malaysia today is not whether the government is coming up with further strategies or actions to keep the country in good stead in the midst of the current economic crisis which is slowly paralysing the world. Rather, most eyes are tuned to whether the current Pakatan Rakyat state government in Perak is staying put or changing or to be refreshed.
I don’t know whether to be thankful to find that in Malaysia, or Perak at least, we have so many leaders who are so passionate to lead and govern the state for the welfare of the people. Some, having been sponsored by their party to contest at the General Election, decided to quit their party and become an “independent” giving the reason that they cannot see eye to eye with the leadership. “Thank you sir for your support and funding! Now I go my own way, you go your own way.” If frog-jumping is deemed immoral, maintaining the position as a State Assemblyman as an independant is no less immoral.
Assuming some of these new “independent” State Assemblymen suddenly, overnight, found that Barisan Nasional is a nice party after all, and decides to apply for membership in Barisan Nasional’s component parties resulting in Barisan Nasional having a slight edge in number of seats and thus, becoming the new government of the state of Perak, such an action or “victory” is nothing to shout about. In fact, becoming the government of the day is nothing to shout about because as elected leaders, your duty is to serve the people. After all, you claim that you are in that position because you want to serve the people.
Unfortunately, our leaders do not see that they are continuing to do a disservice to the people in their political powerplay. Instead of finding ways to improve the living standards of the people, they are busy manoeuvring to make frogs, catch frogs and cook frogs out of one another. They probably forget that the rakyat is watching and assessing their actions in this powerplay. They also probably forget that the rakyat is far smarter now to evaluate who is playing dirty and who is trying to be clean.
With the state government in a disarray, the only right thing to do is to dissolve the state assembly and call for fresh state elections. Then the rakyat will give their assessment of who has been playing dirty and who is trying to be clean. Even if a couple of frogs do land over to the coalition of scales, it is hard to imagine Perakians having their utmost confidence in the Barisan state government unless this is demonstrated through a State election. Would Barisan have the guts to invite Pakatan to call for State Elections? If Barisan feels that they are ready to take over the state government, why aren’t they calling out for State elections to show that the public is supporting their taking over? Their silence is deafening indeed.
When you have a State Assemblyman (woman) Hee Yit Fong, who was also the Deputy Speaker, giving a press conference on Sunday (that’s 3 days ago) saying “I have never had any intention of leaving the party (DAP) and would feel very heavy-hearted if I did“, and in an about turn, quit the party and was spotted at the office of the DPM this afternoon, that speaks volumes of her integrity as a leader of the people. Malaysia can do less with leaders like these.